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Tips For Replacing An Existing Ceiling Fan With A Newer Model

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If the time has come to replace an old ceiling fan in your home with a more modern model, then there are many things you should do to ensure that the project goes smoothly and the results look wonderful. In addition, it is important that you stay safe during the installation process since you will be working with electrical wires and may need to go into your home's attic.

Follow these tips to safely replace your ceiling fan with a new one:

Tip: For Maximum Electrical Safety Tape the Breaker and Use a Current Testing Tool

Before you remove your old ceiling fan, you must turn off the power to the electrical wiring. To accomplish this, flip the power breaker at the electrical panel for your home. To ensure that no one walks by and turns it back on, you should place a strip of tape over the breaker that says "do not turn on." So that you will be sure that you turned off the right breaker, test the wires of your old ceiling fan using a current-testing tool. You can purchase an inexpensive tester at any hardware store.

Tip: Install Your Ceiling Fan on a Mounting Bracket Connected to the Ceiling Joists

Even though you are replacing an existing ceiling fan, it is important that you verify that there is a strong mounting bracket in the ceiling to install it on. When you remove the old ceiling fan, ensure that the mounting bracket in the ceiling is screwed into the joists. If it is not, then you need to replace it with a new bracket and attach it securely to the ceiling joists. This step may require that you go into the attic of your home. If you do have to enter the attic to check the joist locations and install the fan's mounting bracket, then you should only walk on the joist boards and never on the insulation or ceiling's drywall.

Tip: Install an Extension Rod for Maximum Air Movement

As long as your home does not have excessively low ceilings, you should always install an extension rod when you install a new ceiling fan. The purpose of an extension rod is to lower the fan down from the ceiling so that it will be more efficient at moving air around. A ceiling fan that is mounted too close to the ceiling will not allow enough air flow around it to effectively move air, so you won't get the maximum benefit of the ceiling fan.

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