How To Install a Ceiling Fan

Written by: Brent Holland
DIY Specialist
(800) 375-3403

A ceiling fan is one of the most versatile fixtures you can add to your home. With efficient air movement, the ability to light up a room, and its focal point-worthy good looks, few additions can impact a living space quite like a ceiling fan.
Installing a ceiling fan is something you can do yourself, too. With a few basic tools, and a helping hand, you’ll enjoy the sweet breeze of a ceiling fan in no time.


- Screwdriver

- Wire Cutters

- Ladder

NOTE: This installation guide will provide the basics. Ceiling fans vary in size and capabilities, please refer to the manufacturer user guide for specific details.

Step by Step Instructions

How to Install a Ceiling Fan: Step 1

Step 1:

Since you’re working with electricity, cut the power to the room at the junction box.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan: Step 2

Step 2:

Remove the old fan. Ceiling fans can be quite heavy, so be sure you have an extra set of hands available to help. Also, disconnect the wires before pulling the fan down, and keep the wires separated.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan: Step 3

Step 3:

If your ceiling fan comes with a ball end socket, attach that to your junction box.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan: Step 4

Step 4:

Put your new ceiling fan together. Attach the blades to the motor housing before putting the fan up. Be sure to follow the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan: Step 5

Step 5:

Hang the new ceiling fan. If it comes with a canopy, be sure to put that into place first.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan: Step 6

Step 6:

Then connect the wires according to color. This may be another good time to have a set of helping hands close by. Your new ceiling fan will come with a wall-mount or hand-held remote control. If you have a wall-mount control, once again, just connect the wires according to color.

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