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Ceiling Fan Installation

Wondering how to install a ceiling fan or how to install ceiling fan wiring? At Expert Electric, we know that installing and maintaining a ceiling fan can be fairly simple; however, there are always little tips and tricks that you can use to make the ceiling fan installation process smoother.

The licensed electricians at Expert Electric have put together a list of ceiling fan installation and maintenance tips that can help speed up the process when installing or maintaining your ceiling fan.

How much does it cost to install a ceiling fan?

The cost of installing a ceiling fan generally depends on who is doing the installation and the scope of the ceiling fan installation itself. If you are hiring a licensed electrician to handle the installation of a ceiling fan, it may take between 1-3 hours of labour.

The cost of installing a ceiling fan also depends on whether or not there is a box present from a previous ceiling fan. The cost will increase without any previous box or ceiling fan wiring.

Again, this depends on the type of ceiling fan and the scope of the project. If you are looking to install a ceiling fan on your own, the cost will likely be lower assuming that you have the necessary tools, experience, and time. If you are unfamiliar with electrical installations, we would highly recommend hiring a local electrician to handle the installation of your ceiling fan.

How long does it take to put in a ceiling fan?

Generally speaking, it takes between 1-3 hours to put in a ceiling fan; however, this is highly dependent on the complexity of the installation. Most licensed electricians can install a ceiling fan in 1-2 hours. If you are inexperienced with electrical installations and ceiling fans, it could take a lot longer to properly install a ceiling fan.

If there is no wiring in the area that you would like to install the ceiling fan, you will need to either learn how to install ceiling fan wiring or hire a licensed electrician to handle the installation of ceiling fan wiring.

Ceiling Fan Installation Tips

Once you have figured out where to install your new ceiling fan, there are a few other things you will need to consider.

  1. Height and position — for the greatest efficiency you should make sure that your fan is in the middle of the room, 8 to 9 feet above the floor, and that the ceiling fan blades are no closer than 18 inches from the walls.
  2. Downrods — when installing your new ceiling fan, you will need to determine the proper length of the downrod (the shaft that connects the motor to the blades). Typically, for an 8-foot ceiling, 3-5 inches long is the correct length. The best way to determine the downrod length for your ceiling height is to consult a showroom or manufacturer’s website.
  3. Low ceilings — if you have a ceiling lower than 8 feet, you should use a flush-mount fan designed with special vents to cool the motor. These fans have a depth of only 6-9 inches and do not include a light fixture.
  4. Electricity and support — if your ceiling does not have a light fixture where you can install your ceiling fan, you will need a licensed electrician to bring electricity to that spot, install an electrical box and a light switch. For safety, a special bracket that is firmly anchored to the joists must support your ceiling fan.

Ceiling fan installation and maintenance tips from Expert Electric

Ceiling Fan Maintenance Tips

In order to keep your ceiling fan in optimal working condition, ceiling fan maintenance is extremely important. Below are some of the maintenance tasks that you can perform on your ceiling fan.

  1. Clean the ceiling fan — you should clean your ceiling fan at least once a year. Start by cleaning the blades with a brush and then use a damp, soapy cloth to remove the remaining sticky stains. Leave the fan to dry before using it again.
  2. Tighten screws — if your fan is noisy or shaky, you can fix the problem by simply using a screwdriver to tighten the screws on the fan, ceiling plate, and light fixture.
  3. Lubricate the fan — some fans require periodic lubrication to operate smoothly. Use any light oil to fill the oil hole that is located on the topside of the motor. Fill this hole until the oil flows over and then remove the excess with a tissue or rag.

If you would like to learn more ceiling fan installation and maintenance tips, or if you need helping installing your new ceiling fan, please contact the licensed electricians at Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.