How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Caitlin Ketcham

Article Posted By: Caitlin Ketcham

of Desert Domicile

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Catlin Ketcham’s backyard makeover for The Home Depot Blog’s Patio Style Challenge series features several DIY projects. Caitlin’s the designer and blogger behind Desert Domicile, and here she has a tutorial showing how to install a ceiling fan.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

One of the things I regret not asking for when we were building our house was an outdoor ceiling fan. I remember seeing one in the model home, so I just assumed our house would come with one installed when it was done. Unfortunately, it was an option that I didn’t know about and I was really disappointed that our house didn’t have one when our neighbor’s did.

Needless to say, adding a ceiling fan to our covered patio has been on our minds for a long time. I chose the Carrington 60 in. Natural Iron Ceiling Fan for my back porch. I’m so happy we finally checked this task off our to-do list!

Here’s how we got it done:

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Step 1 – Turn power off

Before you begin anything, turn off the electrical power to your light/fan at your main electrical panel. After you’ve turned off the power, flip the wall switch that controls your light/fan to confirm that it is off. If the power isn’t off (sometimes breaker switches are labeled wrong), go back to your electrical panel and flip another switch until you’ve confirmed that the power is off.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 2 – Install ceiling fan bracket

After you’ve confirmed that your power is off, get on your ladder and use a screwdriver or drill with the appropriate drill bit to attach the ceiling bracket (provided with the ceiling fan) to the junction box.

Make sure that it’s attached snugly before moving onto the next step!

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 3 – Assemble fan motor and down rod

Climb back down your ladder and start feeding the wires coming from the motor through the center of the new fixture’s canopy and rod.

Tighten everything with a screwdriver drill with the appropriate drill bit, using the screws provided.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 4 – Attach fan blades to blade irons

Using the screws provided and a screwdriver or drill with the appropriate drill bit, attach a blade iron to each fan blade.

Set the blades aside for now, you’ll add them to the fan once it’s installed.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 5 – Hook fixture to bracket

Climb back up your ladder and hook one side of the canopy onto the ceiling plate. This will help support the fan as you connect the wiring.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan



Step 6 – Connect wires

Connect the white wires to white wires and twist them around each other. Tape them with electrical tape and cap them off with plastic connectors.

Connect the black wires to black wires and twist them around each other. Tape them with electrical tape and cap them off with plastic connectors.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 7 – Connect grounding wire

Connect the two green wires together to ground the fixture.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 8 – Attach canopy

When your wires are connected and capped off, gently push them up inside your fixture and attach the canopy plate to the electrical box.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 9 – Attach blades to fixture

Using the screws provided and a screwdriver or drill with the appropriate drill bit, attach the blade irons to the fan motor.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 10 – Attach light assembly to fan motor

If your fan has a light, use a Phillips head screwdriver to attach it to the motor. After it’s attached, plug the lighting wires into the motor wires from the underside of the fan’s motor.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 11 – Add bulbs

When the light assembly is secure, add your bulbs!

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 12 – Add shade

Attach the glass shade after your bulbs have been screwed in place.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan


Step 13 – Add pull cord

After everything is assembled, add a pull cord to your fan’s motor and light assembly.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Step 14 – Turn power on

Turn on the electrical power to your light/fan at your main electrical panel. Flip the wall switch that controls your light/fan to confirm that the power is on and your fan/light is working!

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

I love how much air our fan moves and how much it seems to cool our space. Unfortunately, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t include a breeze during the hot summer days here but thankfully our ceiling fan does!

For more, see our video How to Install a Ceiling Fan.

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