A Los Angeles electrician can install a ceiling fan

A Los Angeles electrician can install a ceiling fan

Many homeowners are finding ceiling fans can be an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioners in keeping homes cool during the summer. According to Energy Star, you can lower your air conditioning costs by up to 14 percent by using ceiling fans and turning up your thermostat by two degrees. Ceiling fans also are useful during winter months as a way of circulating warm air through a mechanism that forces the air downwards.

So, how do you install one? If this project is a matter of replacing an old fan with a new unit, you should have no trouble doing this project yourself. If a regular light fixture is already installed in the location where you want to hang a fan, the project can be a bit more challenging. Please understand that electricity can be a safety issue. Unless you have previous expertise with electrical projects, it is best to hire a Los Angeles electrician for the job.

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Before any ceiling fan installation:

  • Make sure you turn the power off.
  • Remove the old fixture or fan unit from the ceiling.
  • Disconnect the wires by removing the plastic wire nuts from the ends of the wires.

If there was no previous ceiling fan:

  • Remove the old electrical box.
  • Hold your new electrical box, centered on a joist and trace around with a pencil.
  • Cut along the lines with a drywall saw.
  • Feed electrical wires through the hole in the new box.
  • Set the box into the hole and press tight against the joist.
  • Attach the box with the screws provided.
  • Wrap the copper (ground) wire around the grounding screw inside the box.
  • If you have a ceiling medallion, apply adhesive to the back of the medallion.
  • Pass wires through the medallion.
  • Center the medallion on the electrical box and press.
  • Fasten with finishing nails driven into the joist.
  • Set the nail heads and fill with caulk or spackle.

To install a ceiling fan:

  • Attach the fan’s ceiling plate to the electrical box
  • Assemble the fan:
  • Feed the fan’s wires from the motor through the canopy and set the canopy on the motor.
  • Pass the wires through the down rod pipe.
  • Thread the down rod pipe into the motor and tighten the locking screw.
  • Hook one side of the canopy on the ceiling plate.
  • Using the plastic wire connectors, join the two green wires to the bare copper wire.
  • Join the two white wires.
  • Join the two black wires. (If your room is wired differently, stop and consult a licensed electrician).
  • Bring the fan up into position against the medallion and secure with canopy screws.

Finishing touches:

  • On a flat surface, attach each fan blade to each blade iron.
  • Fasten each blade iron to the motor.
  • Plug the light fixture housing into the remaining wire under the fan motor.
  • Install shades and light bulbs.

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