Reasons to Not Install a Ceiling Fan Without the Help of an Electrician
When people think of installing a ceiling fan, they often think it will be very easy, as if getting it up and running will be as easy as assembling and plugging in a desk fan. Even when you look at the instructions included with the ceiling fan it is written to seem simple, as if anyone can do it. The fact is, it is not going to be easy. Even for a well-trained professional it will take some patience and a good bit of sweat. It is never as simple and easy as the installation instructions make it look. Before you consider installing that ceiling fan on your own, think about some of these points:
- Tools and Materials Needed
To be able to install your new ceiling fan, it is very likely that you will need many tools and a variety of wiring and building materials to do a good, professional job. Digging into walls and ceilings, changing switches and then doing a good-looking repair of anything you had to cut into will take tools, materials and the skills to use them correctly. Also, if you are a woman, consider this. That fan is heavy and will have to be lifted overhead and held in place while you make the attachments. It gets tiring, and if you drop it, your investment is lost. As far as the tools you might need, this is a small list. You might need even more:
Mounting kit, swag kit, lock washers, outlet box, patented support unit, bonding crew, wire nuts, neon test light, electrician’s pliers, wire and cable stripper, wallboard or compass saw, stud locator, ladder and soft cloth, etc.
The investment you might have to make in tools, if you don’t have them, could be much more than the cost of hiring an electrician to help you, and the electrician is certain to do a much better job than you.
- Selecting the Best Location
The first step to any ceiling fan installation is finding where you want to install it so that you will get its maximum effect. A good ceiling fan will keep hot and cool air distributed and can make a big difference in the cooling and heating efficiency of your HVAC system if the fan is installed properly in an ideal location. If there is no fixture in the ideal spot, you will need to run a new electrical circuit, install a new wall switch and possibly add a new line to the breaker box as well as a new breaker. It depends on the capacity of the lines nearby and how much load they are already supporting. Also, if your ceiling is low, be sure to select a ceiling fan that doesn’t hang low enough to hit anyone.
- Some of the Skills You Will Need
When mounting a ceiling fan, especially if there is no fixture in the place you plan to mount the ceiling fan, you will need the skills of an electrician. You will need to deactivate the power so that the wires are safe to work with. You will also have to locate a joist or beam that can support the weight of the ceiling fan, cut into the ceiling and install the wiring and junction that the fan will attach to. You will probably have to cut into the walls to run the wiring to the switch also. All this cutting will require sheetrock repair skills as well.
- Assemble and Install the Ceiling Fan
After you have prepared the wiring, junction box, wall switch and attached the bracket to the joist that the ceiling fan will hang from, you will need to assemble the ceiling fan on the floor. When you are done with that, you will need to lift that heavy fan overhead and support it while you bolt it into place, which isn’t going to be easy. After that is done, the wiring that was prepared in advance is then attached to the ceiling fan and you then turn on the power to the circuit. At this point, the ceiling fan should work if it was installed correctly.
Ceiling fan installation needs careful installation and proper wiring according to code. It should meet the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC). If you have doubts about your ability to safely install a ceiling fan olone, please call electricians on duty 24/7 in your area to help you get your ceiling fan installed quickly and safely.