Know how to remove a ceiling fan
Just like other appliances that we use at home, ceiling fans are susceptible to damage and failure. It is in such times that we have to remove the ceiling fans and either repairs the broken parts or replace the entire fans altogether. Unfortunately, not many of us are well conversant with the process of dismantling ceiling fans. In this article, we are going to explore steps t follow when removing and dismantling ceiling fans that we have at home. Although different ceiling fans are manufactured by different companies using different technologies, they all have the same structure. This makes the process of dismantling the ceiling fans somewhat the same. We look at the step by step methods of how to remove a ceiling fan from the ceiling and then dismantling individual parts including motor, downrod, blades, light fixture, and the pull chain.
Steps for ceiling fan removing
For those looking to replace their old ceiling fans with new ones, the task begins by removing the old ceiling fan from the ceiling. However, ceiling fans are quite heavy and it is advisable to take a ceiling fan down part by part. This will not only ease the process but also, reduce the risk for you. You can follow these steps to dismantle and remove your old ceiling fan.
Some tools you may need:
- Ladder or chair
- Wire cutter
Step 1: Cut the power supply
The first step is to turn off the power supply to the ceiling fan. This ensures that it is not in operation while at the same time reducing chances of electrocution. The best way to do this is to switch off power from the mains.
Step 2: Remove globe or glass decoration parts
Unscrew the globe and set it aside. After this, remove all lights from the globe and place them in a secure place. If your fan have glass decoration parts, operate carefully to avoid them falling or broken occurs.
Step 3 – Lighting unit
If your ceiling fan comes with a light kit you can remove it by unscrewing the screws located on the top part of the light kit. You should carry out this step carefully as it will reduce chances of accident. There are many instances where the light unit has fallen to the ground during removal and it is advisable to avoid such happenings. You can then remove the lighting unit by unscrewing the protective nuts on the fixture.
Step 4 - Blade removal
Use the appropriate screw driver to remove screws holding the blades in place. Nearly all fan blades are screwed to the top part of the ceiling fan and can be removed by reversing the attachment process. All you need to accomplish this step is either a flat or star screwdriver. This depends in the types of screws that the manufacturer has put in place.
Step 5 - Motor
The next step in dismantling your ceiling fan s removing the motor. This is done by first loosening the canopy that covers the motor. You should remove it by loosening screws on the lower side of the motor. However, some ceiling fans come with a decorative ring around areas where screws hold the motor. This ring has to be removed first for you to access the screws. As you remove the screws, it is advisable to hold the canopy in place using one hand to prevent it from falling into the ground. After you have removed all the screws, you should lower the canopy gently before removing the motor.
Step 6- Remove downrod and mount.
After remove the motor, the remains things are downrod and the ceiling mount. You can remove them easily. Remember to pay attention on the wire then carefully take the wires out the old mount. Make sure that you will easily reuse the electric wires for next ceiling fan.
Step 7 – The wiring
At this point, you should be able to access wires from the switch as well as the ones that supply the fan with electric power. It is advisable to follow the wires from the ceiling to the points where they are connected to the ceiling fans. Normally, the wires join the ceiling fan in a joint that has plastic caps. You should remove these caps in an anti-clockwise direction before disconnecting the wires using a screw driver. After that, you should either install a new ceiling fan or cover up the wires’ cores using a masking tape.
The process of removing a ceiling fan is very simple and straightforward. However, you need to have a set of right tools in order to complete the process. You can follow the manual that came with the fan in order to know where different parts of the fan are. With that, it will be easier for you to carry out the process.