Tips for Better and Safer Ceiling Fan InstallationJune 5, 2019 2:46 pm Leave your thoughts
While you can certainly call on the services of a professional electrician to come out and install a ceiling fan for you, this is also a job you can take on yourself with just a little bit of know-how about electrical wiring. Before you take on any job like this in your home, though, it’s important that you prepare properly for the job and do some research into how you can make sure you get it done as safely as possible.
With this in mind, here are a few tips for better and safer ceiling fan installation in North Scottsdale, AZ:
- Select the right fan: Make sure you get a fan that is the appropriate size for the space in which you’ll be installing it. Obviously the bigger the room, the bigger the fan you’re going to need for the space. Common sizes of fans are 36”, 42” and 52” diameters. You’ll find these fans in varying styles and colors, but the sizes are pretty standard, so make sure you consider the size of the room before you make your purchase and begin installation.
- Expect it to take a few hours: If you’ve installed a ceiling fan before or are just generally comfortable with this kind of job, you might be able to get it done relatively quickly. However, if you’re new to ceiling fan installation (as most DIY homeowners are), then you’re going to want to block off a few hours to get the project done, just to be on the safe side. Do it during the daytime so you can cut the power off in the room you’re working in and still have plenty of light to be able to see what you’re doing.
- Get help: Even if you’re the kind of person who prefers to take on home projects alone, having another person along for your ceiling fan installation can be a big help, because you’re going to be working up on the ceiling. Your helper can hold the old fan while you disconnect the wires, hand you items while you’re up on a ladder and help you lift the new fan up to the ceiling and hold it in place while you wire it up. This is a job that is rather difficult to take on by yourself, especially if you’re inexperienced.
- Do a dry run beforehand: It helps to fully read the directions and then lay out all the parts before you get started with the actual installation so you can get a good sense of each step involved in the process before you begin. Giving yourself this time to visualize every step you need to take can help you make sure you get through the process correctly and avoid any potential issues.
- Make sure the power is off: Not only should you flip off the breaker to the room you’re going to be working in, but you should also test the power directly at the wires before you begin working, just to make sure that it’s safe to proceed. It always pays to be extra cautious when working with electricity. There’s nothing to fear so long as you’re proactive about taking the most important safety measures.
- Connect wires tightly: Make sure you’re making wire connections that are as tight as possible and that you’re twisting your wire caps firmly into place. If you fail to do so, you might find you have difficulty getting your ceiling fan to work properly.
For more information about the steps that go into ceiling fan installation in North Scottsdale, AZ, we encourage you to contact Eavenson Electric Co. with any questions.
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