Lowe's home improvement stores offer Harbor Breeze as their store brand ceiling fans. Although the store also offers installation of any ceiling fan it sells, you can save money by putting in the unit yourself. Perhaps the most daunting part of the process is wiring the fan, as it is also the most potentially dangerous aspect of installing the fan. As long as you follow basic safety measures, you safely can wire a Harbor Breeze fan with little previous knowledge of the process.
Things You'll Need
- Electrical tape
Grounding Wire (All Installations)
Turn off power to the room or circuit in which the ceiling fan will be installed. Flip the breaker switch or turn power off to the entire home if you're not sure which circuit is involved.
Locate the green wire on the fan's downrod. Strip 3/4 inch of insulation from the wire's end. Also strip 3/4 inch of insulation from the end of the green wire on the mounting bracket. Twist the ends together with your pliers, then snip off the tips.
Attach one of the included wire nuts to the connection by screwing it clockwise over the twisted bare wires.
Apply electrical tape to the connection, taping the nuts and wires together and ensuring no bare wires or strands of wire can be seen.
Chain-Controlled Fan and Light
Verify that the electricity is off to the circuit or room in which you are working. Flip the breaker or turn electricity off to the entire home.
Strip 3/4 inch of the insulation from the white wires coming from the downrod and mounting bracket. Twist the ends together with pliers, snipping off the tips.
Strip 3/4 inch off the insulation on the blacks wires on the downrod and mounting bracket. Also strip 3/4 inch of insulation from the end of the blue wire on the mounting bracket. Twist the three ends together with pliers, and snip the tips off.
Twist a wire nut on each of the exposed tips, turning it clockwise. One nut will cover the white connection, and one will cover the black/blue connection. Tape the nuts to the wires with electrical tape, ensuring no exposed wire remains.
Chain-Controlled Fan, Switch-Controlled Light or Separate Switch-Controlled Fan and Light
Check the circuit breaker to the circuit or room in which you are working. Flip the breaker off to the portion of your home in question, or turn electricity off for the entire structure.
Strip 3/4 inch of the insulation on both black wires, the one on the downrod and the one on the mounting bracket. Twist the ends together with pliers, snipping off the tips.
Strip 3/4 inch of the insulation from the white wires coming from both the downrod and mounting bracket. Twist the ends together with pliers, snipping off the tips.
Strip 3/4 inch of the insulation from the blue wires coming from both the downrod and mounting bracket. Twist the ends together with pliers, snipping off the tips.
Cover each individual connection with the included wire nuts, turning them clockwise. One nut will cover the white wire connection, one will cover the black wire connection and one will cover the blue wire connection. Tape each nut to its set of wires with electrical tape, taking care to cover all exposed wires.
Tips & Warnings
- If your home's wires are in a different color than described here, stop and consult with a professional electrician before proceeding.
- Bare wire and wire strands should not be visible after the connections are made.
- Lowes: Harbor Breeze Brought to You by Lowes
- Hansen Wholesale: Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Questions and Reviews
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- Photo Credit Ceiling Fan image by Towards Ithaca from Fotolia.com
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