How to Install a Downrod Ceiling Fan Part 1

What You'll Need
Vacuum Cleaner
Downrod Fan
Cotter pins

A downrod ceiling fan provides a great way to save energy as it will keep the room cool in the summer and will help to circulate heat during the winter months. Installing the fan is not overly difficult and will only take a few hours. The easiest place to install a downrod ceiling fan is from an existing light fixture. This way you do not need to worry about running any wire.

Step 1. Power Down

It is important that you turn the power off to the source you have chosen. Turning off the light switch is not enough. You need to turn off the circuit breaker so no electricity is going to the site.

Step 2. Remove the Light Fixture

You will want to remove the old light fixture. It is also necessary to unscrew the nuts or screws that were used to hold the fixture to the ceiling. Carefully lower the fixture and disconnect the wires. This can be done easily by twisting off the plastic connectors that are found at the end of the wires.

Step 3. Remove the Light Electrical Box

The electrical box for a light is not appropriate for a ceiling fan, so you should remove the old electrical box from the ceiling. You may need to pry it out of place if it is nailed in. Sometimes the box is suspended from a bar of which you will need to pry the bar out of place.

Step 4. Cut a New Hole

You will need to cut a new hole for the ceiling fan. This will depend on the type of fan you are installing, as the base size will differ depending on the model. Draw a line with a pencil where you want to cut. Use a saw to cut along this line. To catch any drywall dust you can hold up a vacuum wand next to the saw. This will catch any debris and dust.

Step 5. Attach the Fan Box

You will want to feed the old electrical cable through the new fan box. Set this box into the hole you have just cut and press it tight. Use screws to secure the box to the joist in the ceiling. If there is no joist to attach the new box to, you can insert a metal cross brace in your new opening. You can then attach the box to this brace. To get it tight, use a drill. Find the grounding wire, normally the bare copper wire, and attach it to the grounding screw in the box. Let the rest of the wires hang loose.

Step 6. The Hanger

You will want to apply the downrod so that the mount is towards the ceiling. It will be necessary to thread the wires through the downrod. Do this carefully as you do not want to pull anything out of place. Once the wires are through place the collar yoke over the downrod and insert the connector pins at the base. The connector pins will come with cotter pins for extra security.