Replacing a Ceiling Fan – DIY Guide

By HomeAdvisor

Updated February 28, 2017

Swapping out your ceiling fan requires a higher degree of know-how than some other projects. If you’re unsure about replacing your ceiling fan yourself, call a pro. If you’re feeling up to the task, follow these simple steps:

1) Assemble Your Tools

  • Ladder
  • Drop cloth
  • Screwdriver or cordless drill/driver
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Voltage meter
  • Ceiling fan-rated device box

2) Turn off the power

Ceiling fans are sometimes wired to several circuits. Turn off the power to your entire house or use a circuit tester to ensure your ceiling fan is without power.

3) Disassemble Your Fan

Remove the light bulbs, light bulb covers, trim and fan blades. Next, unscrew your ceiling fixture from the ceiling box.

4) Lower the Fixture

Lower your ceiling fixture’s base and remove any electrical tape from the wires. Most fans come with a built-in suspension system to support the base while you work. If your fan doesn’t have a brace, use a table.

5) Wire Your New Fan

Wiring schemes differ depending on your fan’s model. Read your installation guide. If you have questions, call a pro to help you finish the job.

6) Reassemble Your Fan

Attach your ceiling fixture to the ceiling box and install the trim, bulbs, bulb covers and fan blades.

7) Test Your Fan

Turn on your fan and make sure that all extra settings and functions are working properly.

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