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Replace a Light Fixture with a Ceiling Fan

Thinking about purchasing and installing a ceiling fan in your home?  You may think you can easily replace an existing light fixture with a ceiling fan. However, you need to ensure that the electrical box that the light fixture is attached to will support the extra weight of the ceiling fan. Read on to learn more from a Walkersville electrician.

How Do You Install a Ceiling Fan?

Ceiling fan installation may seem like a fairly straightforward job. However, in reality, there are a lot of variables that can influence the ease of the task. This is just one reason why you should talk to an electrician. A light fixture weighs less than a ceiling fan. So generally, if you are considering replacing your light fixture with a ceiling fan, you will need to add extra support. Extra support from a two-by-four or two-by-six may be needed to ensure that the fan is not going to come crashing down when in use.

The number one danger of ceiling fan installation is always electrocution. When you replace a light fixture with a ceiling fan, the electrical wires need to be disconnected from the light fixture and then reconnected to the ceiling fan. Therefore, prior to any work, you need to turn the right breaker off and there is no power to that receptacle. This always requires an extra double check, because some older homes do not have logical wiring. While some outlets in a room may be off, it is possible other electrical outlets and fixtures are still on.

Contact a Walkersville Electrician for Help

Contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling for all of your electrical needs. Our residential electrical services will take all of the stress out of powering your home. Let our experts work with you on any project and we guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with the process from start to finish! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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