Ceiling fans are a great option if you are trying to cut down on electrical bills. They do the same work as an air conditioning unit with much less power. So if you are trying to reduce your power costs, installing a ceiling fan in San Diego is a fantastic idea.
How do you install a ceiling fan? Calling a handyman would defeat the purpose of cutting costs. Why not take things into your own hands instead?
In a few short steps, you can have your ceiling fan wiring installed and ready to go. So let’s get started on how to install a ceiling fan wiring.
- First, you need to cut off power coming from your breaker or circuit box. Which circuit controls what is usually written on the insides of your power box. Turn off the one going to the area of installation to avoid electrical shocks or other electrical accidents.
If you aren’t sure which circuit to turn off, turn everything off. This is the best way to ensure your safety.
- Next, you have to go through your fan’s manual. This information will tell you more about your fan and its installation requirements. Each fan has its own requirements, so never assume you know what to do until you’ve gone through the manual.
- Identifying your wiring comes next.
Usually, there are white, black, and copper or green wires coming out of your electrical box. Some exceptional cases use a blue wire instead of a black one. Your white wire is your neutral wire, the copper (or green) wire acts as grounding, and the black (or blue) wire powers the fan.
If you have both black and blue wires, then you have two power wires and thus should have two switches.
Do the same to your fan. Check out the wires it comes with. You should expect to see black, white, and green wires.
Some fans have a light attached to them. This light is powered by the blue wire in such instances. Also, your fan’s bracket should have a green grounding wire attached to it.
- Now you have to install your bracket on the ceiling. Make sure that your screws are well tightened, and the wires from the ceiling come out of the provided holes. Then you hang the fan from the bracket.
- Connecting your wires together comes next. Properly strip the ends of the wire to reveal the copper inside and join them in the following order.
- White wire from the fan to white wire from the ceiling
- Green wire from the fan to green wire on the fan bracket. Then connect them to the copper or green wire from the ceiling.
- Black wire from the fan to the black wire from the ceiling. If there’s both a blue and black wire on the fan and you have only one black wire from the ceiling, twist all three together.
You should put caps or electrical tape on the exposed parts. Make sure to wear safety gloves while doing this.
- Once you are done with the wiring, tuck all the wires into the ceiling bracket. Make sure no wire comes undone while doing this.
- You can now screw on your fan’s faceplate. Make sure all your screws are adequately tightened. Turn your power back on to confirm if the fan works or if it’s wobbly.
If there are no problems, then you are all set. Your ceiling fan is installed and ready to use.