How To Take Down A Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans, just like any other things, can't last forever. And at some point, it will break, and you will have to replace them. Let's learn how to take down a ceiling fan.
Uninstalling Your Ceiling Fan
Here are some simple steps to guide you in uninstalling your ceiling fan.
Step 1. Before anything else, make sure that you unplug your fan first from the power supply.
Step 2. Get your screwdriver or drill and use it to unscrew the screws on the globes of the fan. Remove the globes and bulbs and put them aside safely.
Step 3. For fans with lighting kit, remove it as well. Get your screwdriver or drill and use it to remove the screws from the upper section of the lighting kit, allowing you to slip both parts of the kit off at the same time. Get the protective wire nuts and pull down the lighting unit.
Step 4. Next is you have to remove the blades. They are usually attached directly to the fan and would come off easily using a screwdriver or a drill in reverse.
Step 5. Four screws are holding the canopy which covers the fan motor. Make sure to unscrew them as well. Some fan models have a decorative ring that houses these screws. You have to lift the decorative ring to get the screws. Try to hold the canopy to the ceiling with one hand to prevent the motor from falling to the ground. Unscrew the remaining screws and get the canopy.
Step 6. Check for wires that come from the ceiling fan motor's bottom. Track them back the wires starting from the ceiling. On the part where two sets of wires meet, you should find a pair of plastic caps. Uncover the caps in a counter-clockwise direction until such time the wires separate. Lift the motor and tape the wires from the ceiling using black electrical tape and proceed in removing the fan.
Safety Tips In Uninstalling Your Ceiling Fan
Consider these tips below when removing your ceiling fan.
- As you will be dealing with electricity when you do the uninstalling, try to wear rubber-soled shoes. Rubber is not a conductor of electricity.
- Use rubber-coated handles to help prevent electrocution or getting grounded.
- Use good quality tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, and drills. Cheaper quality might easily break and can cause accidents.
- Secure that the circuit is dead before you start working on handling wires. You may use a socket tester or voltage tester.
- Circuit breakers commonly have separate circuit breakers for different parts of the house. In case you are not sure which one connects to the ceiling fan, turn off the main circuit breaker.
- If your house uses an old model of the fuse panel, ensure to remove the fuse. In case you can't locate the right circuit, shut down the power for the entire house. Use only one hand in removing the fuse.
You have to learn how to take down a ceiling fan the same way that you need to learn how to install it.