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How To Install A Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fan installation can be completed quite easily if you know what to do. Choosing a ceiling fan over an air conditioner is a lot more energy efficient, using up to 40% less energy. They are also great for keeping the warm air away, and also can act as a light fixture. The Local Electrician has been working with ceiling fan installations for over 25 years in a variety of buildings. We teach you how to properly install the fan at home both safely and properly through our years of experience.

The general steps of installing a ceiling fan are:

  • Turning off power supply and reading manufacturer’s safety instructions
  • Locating where the fan will go
  • Having the previous fan uninstalled
  • Install the actual fan
  • Wire the controls of the ceiling fan
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Ceiling Fan Materials and Important Considerations

There are a few crucial actions to do before having the new ceiling fan installed within the room.

Safety Rules and Considerations

  1. Ensure to turn off the main electrical power supply before all electrical work, especially ceiling fan wiring
  2. Make sure that there will be nothing that will obstruct working
  3. Know that all writing and electrical connections is of Standards Australia
  4. Always read inside the manufacturer’s manual on extra safety precautions and general information

Materials Needed for Most Installations

A general list for what is needed in the installation is as followed:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Metal Electric Ceiling Box or an Expandable Bracket
  • Ceiling Fan Kit
  • Pliers
  • Wire Strippers/Cutters
  • Cordless Drill
  • Voltage Tester
  • Electrician’s Tape
  • Ladder
  • Safety Glasses

Considerations with the Location

When choosing the location of the fan, there are specific factors that need to be considered before installing:

  1. For the best airflow, the fan should be at least 2.5m from the ground
  2. The blades of the ceiling fan should be at least 2.1m above the floor
  3. The blades should also be 20-25cm below the ceiling
  4. There has to be at least 45cm from the blades of the fan to cabinets, doors and walls
  5. Make sure that there are no cracks or damages where the ceiling fan will be installed in the ceiling

How to Uninstall Old Ceiling Fans or Old Light Fixture

To replace a ceiling fan, here are the following steps:

  1. Turn off the main electrical power supply
  2. Use a voltage tester to make certain that the wires are not hot and the electricity is definitely off
  3. For ceiling fans – uninstall the light kit, then the blades, canopy, motor and lastly the mounting bracket
  4. For light fixtures – uninstall the glass fitters, followed by the light bulbs, the canopy and then the mounting bracket

Installing Ceiling Fan

  1. Make sure the power is turned off before the process of the fan installation and uninstall the previous fan or light
  2. Replace the existing plastic electrical box to a metal one suitable for ceiling fans, if needed. Similarly, if the box is not securely attached make sure to have an expandable mounting bracket installed
  3. Have the bracket secured to the ceiling using the mounting screws
  4. Assemble the fan on the floor for safe measures, this will be influenced by the amount, style and size of fans
  5. Pull the wires throughout the downrod canopy then have the rod inserted in the housing
  6. Secure it by the connector/cotter pin and tighten the setscrew along the downrod
  7. Have the mounted unit assembled on the mounting bracket in the ceiling
  8. Connect all the same wires together in the ceiling box with wired connectors and electrician tape. This includes the white neutral wires and the green ground wires
  9. If there is a light connected to the fan, have the wires connected to the black hot wires
  10. Have all the wires tucked into the electrical box then have the canopy secured into the ceiling with screws provided
  11. The blades should be connected after the motor has been safely installed
  12. Using the supplied screws and washers, have the blades connected, and if there is a light, follow the manual’s instructions
  13. Test if the installation worked by turning the power back on and determine if it works properly

These steps can be different depending on the fan, the location and multiple other factors. Generally, these steps can be easily followed and even changed depending on the ceiling fan.

Quality Sydney Ceiling Fan Installation

Here at The Local Electrician, our ceiling fan installation service is the best in the whole Sydney area. We can easily work in all buildings, on all ceiling fans models and sizes, as well as efficiently. Furthermore, our Level 2 Electrician workers are fully licensed to be able to install all ceiling fans and know the best methods to do so.

Call us on 0439 823 1… or email us at info@thelocalelectrician.com.au for our expert ceiling fan installations. Additionally, as we are also Emergency Electrician workers, we can be hired at any time of the day to install the fan. Our long experience has helped us be able to quickly, safely and properly install any type of ceiling fan.


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