Wiring a Ceiling Fan When Other Lights and Outlets are Involved

A ceiling fan is an indispensable item in the home. Aside from circulating either warm or cool air, a ceiling fan helps to reduce energy costs. Developments in this industry have made modern fans that demand less energy available. These ceiling fans can now be connected to an already installed outlet causing no problems or overloading of the circuit.

The wiring and installation of a ceiling fan to already existing lights and outlets is an easy task for a professional and licensed electrician. Read on to learn the steps involved.

Safety Rules
Before attempting any electrical work, it is vital to ensure the safety of lives and property. Shut off the power to the outlet at the circuit breaker and use a voltage tester to confirm that there is no live electrical power. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and familiarize with all the parts.

Tool Up
Obtain the tools for this process and keep them accessible. You will need crescent wrench, voltage tester, safety glasses, stud finder, electronic stud finder, wire cutters, pliers, half-inch spade bit, 3/8 inch drill driver, plastic wire nuts, wire strippers, utility knife, keyhole saw, ceiling outlet box for ceiling fans, flat blade screwdrivers, single-pole switches, 12/2 nonmetallic sheathed cable, and a double switch cover plate.

  • Step 1
    Mark the spot to install your ceiling fan. This can be tricky to do because the spot you choose can affect the fan’s performance and efficiency. Ceiling fans should be installed 8 to 9 feet above the ground and 8 to 10 inches below the ceiling.
  • Step 2
    Use the electronic stud to find the joists and mark a spot between them. Now draw an outline of the fan box in this location and drill a hole within this outline. Ensure it is smooth.
  • Step 3
    Mark another spot on the wall for installing the fan switch. Use the electronic stud finder again to ensure there is no wall stud in the way. Make a box cutout there like before.
  • Step 4
    Remove the existing receptacle from the wall by loosening the screws. Loosen the terminal screws and remove the black and white wires attached. Now, run the 12/3 inch cable through both cutouts made. Make sure this cable is long enough to extend at least 12 inches into the room from the switch box cutout.
  • Step 5
    Install the switch box with screws and pull the cable through the opening in it. Install the fan box hangar in the cutout. Strip the cable ends of about ¾ inches insulation with the utility knife.
  • Step 6
    Install the fan according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Attach the wires on the ceiling fan cut out accordingly. Back at the switch box connect the two black wires together in the switch box and the two white wires in the receptacle. Complete the connection of the red and black wires using the top brass screws and the green screws for the bare copper ground wires. Install the switches on the box. Check that everything is in order and screwed or tucked tightly. Screw the receptacle back in and turn on the power to the circuit.

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