How to Remove a Flush-Mount Ceiling Fan

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Ceiling fans are common additions to many homes. While many homeowners find these fans attractive and useful, you may want to change the light fixture. Removing a ceiling fan is typically not too difficult. Flush-mount ceiling fans do not have a down rod; they sit right next to the ceiling. This may require you to obtain a taller ladder in order to reach the final mounting bracket of the ceiling fan. If the ceiling fan is removed properly, you can install the fan in another room or sell it if it's still in good condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Ladder

Turn off power to the fan. Shut off the breaker in your home’s breaker box to ensure that no power is running to the fan.

Unscrew the light bulbs, and loosen the screws that hold the light globes in place. Carefully pull these out and set them out of the way.

Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the light fixture in place. Pull down on the fixture to expose the wires. Unclip the fixture from the ceiling fan.

Remove the fan blades by loosening and removing the screws. Place the screws in a small bag for safekeeping.

Pull down on the ring near the ceiling. Expose all the screws that hold the ceiling mount cover in place. Remove the screws to lower the cover, exposing the ceiling fan wires.

Lift up on the ceiling fan motor and let it hang on the angle attachment. Disconnect the wires by loosening the wire nuts and pulling apart the wires. Lift up on the motor and remove it from the angle attachment.

Use the screwdriver to loosen and remove the flush-mount bracket from the light box. This should be the final part of the ceiling fan removal process.

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References

  • "The Complete Photo Guide to Homeowner Basics"; Black & Decker; 2008
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