Arizona has a mainly semi-arid to arid climate. In the months of summer, it is extremely hot and dry here with the temperatures in the 90 °F to 120 °F zone. In winter, days are normally warm and nights very cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing.
Ceiling fans provide a great way to keep you comfortable when it is either too hot or cold. They help evenly circulate warm air in winter and keep it cool in the summer and are extremely energy efficient. They only consume as much energy as a 100-watt light bulb. But what happens when you want to install one where no fixture exists?
The first obvious challenge would be to get power to the location where you want the fixture to hang. As this involves installing new wiring, we recommend hiring a professional electrician for this task if unsure what exactly needs to be done.
Below are the steps an experienced electrician would take to install the fan. You can also follow them if you feel you can manage to install the ceiling fan by yourself.
Key Steps to Install a Ceiling Fan Where No Fixture Exists
Determine the ceiling fan’s location
A ceiling fan must be properly installed. While it is obvious the center of the ceiling is the ideal point, there are other factors such as quality and weight to consider ensuring it is properly attached. Most ceiling fans weigh between 15 and 50 pounds. It would be best to consider all those factors to ensure the fan does not become a safety risk once installed. Always contact an experienced electrician if not sure what to consider before installing.
Turn off electricity to the circuit
This is a very vital step in the whole process and should not be skipped. You might end up getting electrocuted in the process if you skip this step. Ensure the circuit breaker delivering power to the circuit powering the ceiling fan is turned off. Have the power entirely cut if not sure which circuit to turn off.
Install electrical box and run wiring to the fan
Once certain about the spot to install the fan, it is time to install the electrical box. If there is a single joist in the desired location, nail the electrical box directly. In case there are two support joists, you will need a saddle and brace to support the fan.
Once the electrical box is in place, then you need to run electrical wiring to where the fan is using fishing tape. Using fishing tape is a good idea as it prevents you from having to drill unnecessary holes. This wiring should run from the wall switch controlling the fan.
Mount the fan
Once sure the wiring and electrical box are installed correctly, you can now mount the fan. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to mount it correctly. Now turn the power to the circuit back and test it to make sure it is functioning correctly. If it is not working properly, contact a licensed electrician to troubleshoot the problem and provide professional assistance.
Need Professional Assistance in Phoenix, AZ?
Installing a ceiling fan can be challenging. It is even tougher if you must install one in a room where no fixture exists. However, it is still doable. If you feel uncomfortable installing a ceiling fan, Wiring Pros LLC- Ceiling Fan Service is here to help. Our experts are trained, licensed, have the right tools, and know what exactly needs to be done to install ceiling fans properly. Contact us today to learn more about our service and to schedule an appointment with an experienced electrician.