2 Ways on How to Take Down a Ceiling Fan

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A ceiling fan can be a simple and efficient way to move air in any room. They can make a great addition to your home, but once they stop working or their appearance becomes obsolete, it’s important to know how to safely take them down. Most ceiling fans can be easily removed using one of these methods.

How to take down a pole-mount ceiling fan

If you have a pole-mount ceiling fan, you can follow the step on how to take down a ceiling fan below:

  • Check if you have a ball-joint ceiling fan, also known as a pole-mount ceiling fan

This type of fan is characterized by the fact that the body of the fan hangs on a pole slightly from the ceiling. The pole attaches to the ceiling at a canopy, which is just a small metal enclosure that covers the mounting bracket and cables for the fan. This kind of ceiling fan usually can be removed easily in a few steps.

  • Always turn off the switchboard before working on electrical equipment 

An easy way to make sure you’ve turned off the power is to leave the fan on when you turn on the breaker. If you’ve successfully turned off the correct circuit breaker, the fan should stall when you return.

  • Put your ladder under the ceiling fan

You might want to put it a little next to the fan so you can easily reach around the paddles to the canopy on the ceiling.

  • Remove the metal roof covering the mounting bracket by loosening the screws on either side 

You may need to use a very short screwdriver to get between the housing on the ceiling and the main body of the ceiling fan. Once the canopy is unscrewed, simply lower it so that it rests on the fan body. 

You should now be able to see the ball on top of the fan rod slide easily in and out of the bracket. You can also see the electrical connections between the wires in the ceiling and the fan.

If you cannot get into the space between the case and the fan housing, you should follow Method 2 below as it will tell you how to take off more parts from the fan to remove it.

  • Test again if the fan is not receiving power

The easiest way to do this is with a non-contact voltage tester, which quickly and easily checks for magnetic fields around wires.

  • Remove the wire nuts connecting the wires from the fan and the wires from the ceiling

You may have to pull all the wires out a bit to access the wire nuts. However, if you have them in your hand, turn them counter-clockwise and they should unscrew.

Once you have untied the fan wires from the wires coming from the ceiling, put the wire nuts back onto the wires coming from the ceiling. This way your cables are securely sealed if you need to turn the power back on before installing a new device.

  • Grasp the entire light and slide the ball out of the bracket at the top of the fan pylon

This connection may vary slightly, but should slip out with relative ease regardless of the exact style. Remember to hold the fan tight as you will have to support its entire weight once it is out of the bracket.

  • Lower the fan to the floor

It can be helpful to rest it briefly at the top of your ladder so you can readjust your grip and safely bring your ladder down with the fan. You’ve now removed your ceiling fan, but you’re not quite done yet!

  • Remove the mounting bracket from the ceiling

The control box should be fixed in the ceiling with two screws. It’s a good idea to put the screws back into the switch box after removing the bracket so they’re available for the next fixture you want to attach.

You should also remove the mounting bracket when installing a new ceiling fan. Each ceiling fan comes with its own mount, made specifically for that model.

How to remove a flush-mount ceiling fan

Check if you have a flush mount ceiling fan, also known as a mount ceiling fan. This type of ceiling fan is obviously flush mounted, which means that the fan’s motor sits directly on the ceiling. 

These ceiling fans require a bit more disassembly to remove as the fan itself has to be taken apart to get to the mounting bracket. However, they are good fans in rooms with low ceilings as they don’t hang up to ball mount ceiling fans.

  • Always turn off the switchboard before working on electrical equipment

An easy way to make sure you’ve turned off the power is to leave the fan on when you turn on the breaker. If you successfully turned off the right power switch, the fan should stop when you return. 

  • If your ceiling fan has a light kit attached, remove all light bulbs and all lamp covers from the fan

The lighting set is simply the part of the fan that is the light. For most ceiling fans with lights, the light kit is a separate part of the fan that can be removed separately. On many types of ceiling fans, the bulbs are easily accessible by climbing a ladder and unscrewing them. However, some models require you to remove a cover that encloses the bulb. Be careful when removing the light bulbs. If they do break, you should be careful when removing a blown bulb from its socket.

  • Remove the lighting kit if your ceiling fan has one

While some models allow you to remove the fan body from the ceiling without removing the lighting kit, most flush mount ceiling fans require removal to access the screws that secure the entire fan to the ceiling. This step requires loosening the screws that attach the lighting kit to the fan housing. Inside, you will most likely need to disconnect the wires that connect the lighting kit to the fan. These should simply connect with wire nuts, which you turn counter-clockwise to loosen.

It’s a really good idea to retest that the fan is no longer powered after opening the lighting kit. The easiest way to do this is with a non-contact voltage tester, which quickly and easily checks for magnetic fields around wires.

  • Remove the fan blades with a screwdriver

 Ceiling fan blades are connected to the fan body with metal brackets that screw into the fan body, essentially the housing for the fan motor, and into the fan paddles themselves. It is easiest to attach the fan blade brackets and the fan blades and just loosen the screws that attach the brackets to the fan housing. 

That way you don’t remove twice as many screws while you’re on your ladder. If you intend to reuse the fan, save all parts. It’s a good idea to put all the parts in a labeled bag or envelope.

  • Unscrew the screws that attach the fan body to the bracket on the ceiling

Make sure you have a good grip on the fan body. On most modern ceiling fan models, the body attaches to the bracket with a screw on one side and a hinge on the other. As a result, loosening the screw can allow the fan body to hang from the hinge while you disconnect the wiring. Once the screw is loosened, simply let the fan body hang on the hinge on one side. Otherwise, you would have to hold the entire fan in one hand and disconnect the cables with the other.

  • Remove the wire nuts connecting the wires from the fan and the wires from the ceiling

You may have to pull all the wires out a bit to access the wire nuts. However, if you have them in your hand, turn them counter-clockwise and they should unscrew.

Once you have untied the fan wires from the wires coming from the ceiling, put the wire nuts back onto the wires coming from the ceiling. This way your cables are securely sealed if you need to turn the power back on before installing a new device.

  • Remove the fan body from the hinge on the mounting bracket

It should just have a piece that slides out of the mount. A safety chain often comes from the fan attached to a beam in the ceiling. If so, unhook the safety chain to release the fan.

  • Remove the mounting bracket from the ceiling

The control box should be fixed in the ceiling with two screws. It’s a good idea to put the screws back into the switch box after removing the bracket so they’re available for the next fixture you want to attach.

You should also remove the mounting bracket when installing a new ceiling fan. Each ceiling fan comes with its own mount, made specifically for that model.

Summary

Removing a ceiling fan can be complicated, especially if you don’t know how to do it. If you want to take down your old ceiling fan, whether to do some maintenance or simply replace it with a new one, you can follow the instruction given above.

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