Things You'll Need
½-inch ceiling fan box
Installing a ceiling fan can help circulate your air in rooms that are too hot or too cold. All ceiling fans have a switch that will allow you to change the direction of the fan. During the summer months, this will allow the air from the fan to blow toward the floor. In the winter months, reversing the fan blades pulls the hot air upward to help circulate the air in the room. The easiest way to install a ceiling fan is to use an existing outlet.
Make sure that all power is shut off to the circuit, and the switch is in the off position on your existing outlet. Remove the glass globe on the old light fixture by loosening the set screws located on the outside of the globe. Remove the screws holding the light to the ceiling, and disconnect the wire nuts on all the wires. Remove your light fixture.
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Remove the old light box from the ceiling. You may have to use a pry bar if it is nailed to a joist. Place the new ceiling fan-approved light box directly centered on a ceiling joist, and trace it with a pencil. Use the sheet rock saw to cut around the mark that you have made. Place the fan box into the hole you have cut, and fasten down with the two screws included in the ceiling fan box kit. You may want to install a ceiling mandolin to cover any holes that may not cover the base of the fan.
Position the fan on the floor, and feed the wires from the motor though the canopy of the fan. Let the canopy rest on the top of the fan. Next feed the wires through the down rod pipe. Place the down rod into the housing on the motor, and secure the set screw.
Install the fan bracket to the ceiling box, using two 1 ½-inch screws, and pull all the wires through the center of the bracket. Hook one side of the canopy to the ceiling plate. Next hook the green wires to the bare copper ground cable from the ceiling, using the wire caps provided. Proceed in the same manner for the black wires and the white wires.
Swing the other side of the fan canopy into place and tighten the canopy screws down snug. Attach the fan blades at this time using two screws for each blade, and turn the power source back on.
Before performing any electrical work, make sure the power is off.