I live in the south. It’s hot here and I just sat here for a minute or so trying to think of one person I know locally who does not have a ceiling fan in each bedroom of their home. I got nothing. It’s just how it is down here. I know it might be more popular design-wise to have a beautiful chandelier hanging over your bed (believe me, I love that look) but if I ever tried that, my husband for sure would be bunking with the kids in their blissfully breezy rooms. When it’s mid summer and setting your AC below 76 means going broke, you better believe that ceiling beast is set on high. So hang on to your sheets, this is how to install a ceiling fan.
Since our old fan had a light, there were 4 wires to disconnect.
-1 ground (green wire from the fan, connected to copper wires in the ceiling)
-1 power for fan motor (in our case black wire from the fan connecting to black wire in the ceiling)
-1 power for light (in our case blue from the fan connecting to black in the ceiling)
-1 neutral to complete the circuit (white wire from the fan connecting to white wires in the ceiling)
Step 3 After opening your fan and getting familiar with the directions and parts…
screw the fan blades to the brackets. Christine (First Home Love Life) helped us out with this task. Usually fan blades have two different finishes, one on each side. Make sure all your blades are facing the same direction.
Attach the new mounting bracket to the existing bracket in the ceiling with two screws. The directions will show you what side the wires should run on.
Assemble most of the body of the fan according to the directions (minus the blades and light… I find it to be too bulky to hoist into the air if those are attached too early) and hang from the bracket attached to the ceiling. Since our fan had a down rod, that ball on the end of it slips into the bracket easily. This holds your fan up.
Step 6 Attach the wires.
-Both whites in the ceiling attach to the white in the fan (all 3 twisted together with a wire nut)
-The green ground attaches to both grounds coming out of the ceiling
-Black fan motor power was attached to black fan power wire in the ceiling (we knew which one because we labeled them when taking the old fan down)
-Blue light power was attached to black light power wire in the ceiling
You can see the white wires connected in this picture with a yellow wire nut. When they are all connected, slide the housing cover (canopy) up an secure with screws on the side.
Screw in the fan blades and add the light bulbs and shade.
Turn the power back on and enjoy that southern breeze!
This is probably the 5th ceiling fan my husband and I have installed over the years. With the proper safety precautions (turn off the power!), it’s an easy DIY project that can be completed in an afternoon. The children’s home was thrilled and relieved that their office space was fixed, spruced up, and functional again and that they could now focus 100% of their energy on fostering, not fixing.