Posted on: August 17, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Ceiling Fans, Electrician
Just like a simple ceiling fan placed at a certain part of your home. Obviously, you had it installed to provide convenience, to reduce the heat on your place while at the same time adding aesthetic value on your home.But have you seriously considered the idea of asking yourself why is it so important? Let’s take a leap and identify these specific importance!
Wiring a ceiling fan power source in an electrical switch is something that you can do with a very specific type of wire.
To wire a ceiling fan we first have to know the options available on the fan. Most common fans either come with a light or without a light. Although you can get just a ceiling fan most units offer a light kit that can be added in the future. I will be going over the circuits required for all of the options mentioned.
Let’s keep in mind that my site is about the wiring aspect only. As far as getting your ceiling fan installed, Please follow the manufacturers manuals and safety guidelines for proper mounting due to weight and other variables which can be an important factor.
Turn off the power to the light you’re replacing (if applicable) at the circuit breaker or fuse panel. Once this is done, only then should you remove the light fixture. This can be tested by flipping wall switches or using a circuit tester on the actual light fixture. If there is a pre-existing fixture, remove it and disconnect the wiring. A fan presents a dynamic physical load that is usually much heavier than typical ceiling fixtures that present a static load. Because of these two qualities, if a fan rated box is not already present, the old box will need to be replaced with one that is.
Install the Junction Box
Obtain a FAN RATED BOX from home supply or electrical supply store. It will likely be best to buy the old work (not new construction) style if you do not have access to the ceiling from above. There are two types of old work boxes; one fan rated box is designed to straddle an existing joist; this style can be easier to install, but requires that you find the joist rather than avoid it. The other type has an adjustable bar that expands to span between two joists, it can be a little more involved to install but allows more mounting location choices. Either type works equally well.
After determining where you want to install the fan, assess your ability to get power to it . See the tips section below for some ideas for a power source. Adjust this location as needed. Next, cut a hole by hand with a sheetrock saw; just large enough to feel around with your fingers to check for potential obstructions for the box. This small opening will make patching easier if it is an unsuitable location. See more.
Check the bottom of the electrical box for markings indicating it has a fan rating. If it does not, install a fan kit that connects to the ceiling joists on either side of the new installation. Boxes without this rating may not support the fan and could allow it to fall and cause injury to people or damage to property. If the manufacturer includes a support cable with the unit, attach it firmly to the fan and the electrical box. Call us (713) 812-7070 for your home service and repair needs.
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