How to Install a Ceiling Fan Where No Fixture Exists

How to Install a Ceiling Fan Where No Fixture Exists

May 18, 2020

Is your living room, bedroom or office space starting to feel uncomfortable with the rising Texas heat? Make your living space more comfortable and efficient by investing in a new ceiling fan installation. At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we provide quality commercial and residential electrical services for local North Texas customers, including ceiling fan installation, repair and replacement. Are you ready to install a fan in your room? Here are some tips on how to install a new fan with no existing fixture. 

Safety First 

The first step should always be turning off the electricity at the breaker box. Neglecting this crucial step could result in serious injury or electrical fires. Handling wires can be extremely dangerous, so eliminating any and all electrical currents flowing through the circuit is essential, so it must be done before any work can begin. 

Choose the Best Location 

Next, you will need to pick an appropriate location to mount your ceiling fan. Keep in mind that your fan will likely weigh between 10 and 50 pounds, so it will need to be secured to a joist. An improperly positioned ceiling fan could fall, which poses an unnecessary hazard. 

Install an Electrical Box and Run Electrical Wiring to Your Fan

Once you have chosen the perfect location for your new ceiling fan, it’s time to install the electrical box. This can be done by nailing the electrical box directly to the joist. In some circumstances, you will have two support joists, in which case you will need to purchase a brace and saddle. Then you will need to run electrical wiring to the electrical box using fish tape through the wall and ceiling. 

Mount the Fan 

When your wiring has been properly installed, you can mount the ceiling fan. Follow the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer of your specific model. When you have completed the steps, and the ceiling is fully mounted and wired, you can restore power and test the unit. If it isn’t working correctly, then contact a professional electrician who can troubleshoot the problem. 

Do You Need a Professional Ceiling Fan Installation? Call Mr. Electric of Dallas Today 

A ceiling fan installation can be extremely challenging and time consuming and should only be performed by someone with proper training. If you don’t have experience working with electricity, it can be dangerous as well. There’s no reason to put your at risk. Let the team at Mr. Electric of Dallas help you reach your goals safely and affordably. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians are ready to put their tools and training to work for your DFW area home or commercial property. Contact our office to learn more about our wide range of commercial and residential electrical services, or to schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced electrician in Dallas, North Dallas, Inwood, Lakewood, Oak Lawn, Lake Highlands, Highland Park, Coppell, Farmers Branch, University Park, Richardson, Carrollton, Addison, Irving, Arlington, or a surrounding North Texas area community.