Mounting ceiling fans can be difficult, especially for people who are not that dexterous or mechanically inclined. Most ceiling fans may be equipped with remote controls to adjust fan speed or simple dials that would have to be wire mounted on a wall. If the room already has an installed light fixture, a couple of wires will supply power to it without interfering with the fan’s supply.
Installing ceiling fans requires a ceiling fan that needs to be assembled according to the manufacturer’s instruction. Sometimes, there are those that require complex pre-assembly directions and you might need a little expert help on that. Once it is done, you can now proceed with the following steps.
Installing Ceiling Fans Steps:
- Check the tools. With the pre-assembled unit locked and loaded, it’s time to prepare the tools you might need for the actual assembly. A sturdy ladder will allow you to reach the ceiling while a screwdriver will help fasten the bolts securely to the ceiling. Wire cutters, pliers and a wire tester will be needed when you wire the unit. While safety goggles or masks are optional, they might help keep the dust and other particles from getting in your eyes or nose.
- Prepare the ceiling junction box. Most ceiling fans are already pre-wired so make sure that the electricity is turned off. If not, then have an electrician look into it. If you are familiar with the contents of the junction box, there should be three or four wires in it. A large fan that weighs more than five kilos will need a special junction box to support its weight.
- Find the wires. A copper or green wire is for bonding, white wire is for the neutral while the red or black one should be the one that provides power. Any additional wire would be for the wall control switch. Some units have switches that look like remotes but they function just the same.
- Screw the hangar and motor in place. Old models will require having a hole cut in the ceiling. Modern ceiling fans now have U-shaped hangers that can be attached on the junction box with screws. Hang the motor (minus the blades) on the hanger. Use your ladder to get the ceiling fan at the right height.
- Fix the wires. Connect the bonding wire to the chassis before connecting the neutral wire. Do the black wire next before attaching the blades. Some models have brackets, metal plate or preformed mounting bases so it really depends on what your unit has. Smaller fans require having the blades attached first before hanging the ceiling fan. Just make sure everything is tight and installed the right way before you step off the ladder.
- Set the wall controller. There should be a line that feeds into the switch box from the panel and a load that goes to the fan. Start with the load first by attaching the bonding wire before the neutral and finally the hot wire. Do the same to the line: bond, neutral then power lines. The fourth wire is capped off or used for motor controls.
Once the ceiling fans is in place, you now have the luxury to cool down or warm up; depending on the season you are in now. What is important is that your place is more comfortable without blowing the budget on the unit and the utility bills. In the stifling hot summer of Macarthur, installing ceiling fans will help keep the heat bearable. In chilly winters, it can help distribute warm air from heaters. Always follow instructions that come with it.
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