House Calls with James Tully: Installing a ceiling fan

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Posted at 8:28 AM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 09:37:55-04

We're seeing a week of hot temperatures, and several record highs have been broken.

It’s the reason Sydney wants a ceiling fan installed in his room; the AC just isn’t enough.

He has an idea how to do it…

"You un screw the cap and do some wires, but I don’t really want to do that."

And we don’t blame him.

Handyman Paul Schramm knows how to connect wires safely, so we called him in to help.

Stay safe and you'll find installing a ceiling fan is very easy and affordable. We found a ceiling fan, a lower end model, that was less than $50.

The kits have everything you need, except a voltage tester. Testers are very affordable, and they will keep you from touching hot wires.

The first thing you will want to do is make sure the electrical box in your ceiling can hold the weight of spinning fan. Some fans can weigh up to 50 lbs.

Try to gently pull down on the box. If it moves, you may need to re-attach the box with stronger screws or fasteners.

If you don’t want to get shocked doing this job you need this. Absolutely you can buy a tester for ten bucks.

After you've turned off the appropriate breaker, the voltage tester shows you the wires are not hot, and when it's time to turn your attention to the wiring:

  • Keep in mind, this varies from home to home so we've outlined the most common scenario you'll see. If you are unsure of how to proceed stop what you're doing and call a professional.
  • There will be three wires coming out of the ceiling (an exposed copper wire or green wire, a black and a white).
  • There will be four wires coming out of the fan motor. (green, blue, black, and white).
  • The green wires are universally your ground wires, cap then together.
  • From the fan motor the blue wire powers the light and the black wire powers the fan motor itself. They can be paired together and capped off with the black wire coming from the ceiling.
  • The white wires are neutral and then can be paired together and capped off.

Items you’ll need: Ceiling fan kit, screw driver, voltage tester.

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