Electricity is not your friend, and once it bites you, it can kill you. So instead of not knowing how to take your ceiling fan down safely, do it the correct way with our guide here.
Millions of homeowners have a ceiling fan, effectively keeping your living space comfortable and cool, especially in the bedroom. Yet, there are times when they do not function well or need a good cleaning. Whatever your reason for taking it down, you need to know how to do it the safe way, so instead of shocking yourself to oblivion, rather check out the tips available here.
Hardware You Will Need for Ceiling Fan Removal
When it comes to uninstalling your fan, you need to be prepared with the right equipment to do it reliably. The instruments you use will depend on the fitting the ceiling fan has or a light fixture built-in. So gather up the following:
- Allen key or Phillips screwdrivers
- A step ladder
- Non-contact voltage testers such as the Triplett Fox Cable Tester
Great, now that you have gathered your equipment, you need to decide if you have a ball and socket ceiling fan or a flush-mounted ceiling fan. The good news is you can find tips here to remove them both.
Steps To Remove Flush Mounted Ceiling Fans
When it comes to taking down your flush mount ceiling fan, you need to take it apart before removing it from the ceiling. Before you start, make sure that no current goes through the appliance and safely keep your step ladder to access the fan.
Getting Your Ladder In Place
First, switch off the power, preferably the whole house, as it is safe when working. Next, place the ladder and remove the light glass cover and the globe. You may notice some fans have light kits. These conceal the cables and needs removing as it’s a detached attachment that removes fairly easily. Unscrew all the bolts and disconnect the wires. Next, take your electricity tester, ensuring there is no current moving through the cables.
Time To Take Off the Fan Blade
Take your screwdriver and remove the fan blades, as most of them have two sets of fasteners. You will find one attached to the bracket and a second on the bracket to the body. Only unfasten the ones found on the bracket to the body. Next, unscrew the fasteners holding the fan body to the ceiling using a secure grip holding the fan.
Detaching the Rest of The Screws
You will find different fasteners on the modern fan found on one side of the bracket with a hinge on the other. Locate them and unfasten them, allowing the fan to hang to disconnect the hinge. Next, take off the wire nuts to disconnect the wiring. Now you can detach the fan body as most hinges have a small bar slipping out. Lower the fan to the floor or pass it to someone helping. Next, you can take off the mounting brackets by unscrewing the ones connected to the electrical box found in the ceiling. When removed, place the screws back inside the box to reuse.
Steps To Remove a Ball and Socket Ceiling Fan
Following the same safe measure as with the flush-mount fan, start by turning off the current on the electrical board.
Removing the Canopy Covers
Great, you have your steps in place with the power off. Start by disconnecting the metal canopy cover on the mounting bracket. Here you may need to use a short screwdriver to use on all the fasteners. Leave the canopy to lean on the ceiling fan. Take your tester to test if all the wires are without power.
Disconnecting the Cables
Now you can unfasten the wire nut but make sure to place them back on the wires coming from the ceiling to prevent accidents. Hold it tight and slide that globe you see at the top of the fan pole out of the bracket. You can lower the fan to the ground or pass it to your helper. You will notice the mounting bracket attached to the electrical box with two screws. Lossen them to detach the bracket and place the fasteners back onto the electric box.
As you can see, it is pretty straightforward to remove a ceiling fan, but you always need to keep safety in mind.
- Check the circuit breakers to see if it has a separate one for different parts of the house. If uncertain which one is providing electric power to the fan, turn the mains off. You may find a lock present that does not allow you to shift the breaker on, so use it.
- Now older homes might have a fuse panel, and you need to take it out. The same applies if you cannot find the right circuit and best to shut the whole house’s power off. But, again, do not use both hands to get the fuse out and only use one hand.
- For added safety, leave a note on the box to inform everyone working on the board.
- Make sure the circuit has no power before you start with any electric work on wires. Use your voltage tests.
- Most importantly, wear rubber sole shoes or some boots as rubber does not conduct current.
- Lastly, make sure the equipment you use has a rubber-coated handle to prevent electrifying yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
With the right tool and using a step-stool, you can effortlessly detach the fan. However, you may need to detach the fan blades first before detaching the rest of your fan. Do this by unscrewing the screws holding the blade to the fan housing.
Yes please shut off the power or you might end up looking like Donald Duck with the screwdriver stuck in the power source. No matter if you work on a ceiling fan or any other electrical appliance, keep the main power source off.
You can but not for a long period. You can leave it on in the room without no one there to circulate the air to keep the temperature in the room consistent. But never leave it on if you do not plan to return home on that day.
Check out this dandy video on how to do this if you have a Hampton Bay Fan.