The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, August 12, 2019

Ceiling Fan Upgrades

Update Your Ceiling Fans

If you’re trying to escape from the summer sun, you’ll likely seek refuge in a cool, temperature-controlled room, but you’ll need your ceiling fans to be in tip-top shape to keep the heat from permeating your house. If your ceiling fans aren’t working, or if they just look a bit outdated, follow these instructions for replacing them quickly and safely.

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan

Replacing a ceiling fan isn’t necessarily hard, but it’s best to do some prep work before diving straight into your project.

Removing the Old Fan

Before removing the fan from the ceiling, make sure you follow some basic safety measures. Working with electrical wires can be dangerous, so you’ll want to turn off the power to your ceiling fan. It’s worth being extra cautious—after you flip the switch, use a voltage tester to ensure that no remaining electricity will harm you during the process.

Now you’re ready to remove the old fan from the ceiling. Start by taking off the light fixtures, then the blades, and finally, the base. You’ll need a screwdriver and maybe even a buddy to help with any heavy lifting. Before you attempt to install the new fan, take note of how the wires in the old fan connected to the ceiling (you can take picture to make sure you don’t forget).

Installing the New Fan

Start by attaching the new bracket to the ceiling’s electrical box. Use the new screws to fix the bracket to the electrical box securely, pulling the wires from the ceiling through the bracket’s center hole.

After you put your new fan’s base together (steps will vary depending on the kind of fan), you can raise your fan base to the ceiling, hook it into the bracket, and attach the wires (wire colors and directions may vary by fan).

The Best Ceiling Fans

Whether or not your ceiling fan is broken, you can replace it with a more attractive and powerful fan to improve both your home’s airflow and its atmosphere. We recommend finding a top-quality ceiling fan that complements your décor. Click here for a list of some of the most highly rated ceiling fans of 2019—they’ll get the job done right and help tie the room together. 


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