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  1. AndyAndy says

    Hi Mark – My ceiling fan needs repair. Searched your site and found your article and video on installing new one. That’s now my fallback. Per the picture I just sent, the fan blade assembly has “fallen” from the fixture and does not engage with the rotor/turning thing. I cannot see any way to reattach it! Any thoughts??


    • MarkMark says

      Hmm… Not obvious to me either, from this photo. I wouldn’t sleep under that, though! If it’s of any help at all, I’ll give you a gut feeling based on past experience: I suspect you can probably reattach that. But… if you have to disassemble a ~10-12 (?) year old fan, figure out how to fix it mechanically (if practical), and then reassemble and test… Is it really worth it? I’d start with the manufacturer. Perhaps send them this very photo. Could the unit (given this specific failure) be under warranty, potentially?



Preparing A New Fan Site

To prepare the fan site follow four steps:

  • Cutting the Ceiling Hole
  • Installing the Support Brace (if necessary)
  • Installing the Outlet Box
  • Preparing the Wiring

Cutting The Ceiling Hole

Locate the site for the hole directly below the joist or support brace that will hold the outlet box and fan. Cut a 4" diameter hole through the drywall or plaster of the ceiling as shown in Figure 6. You will use the hole to install the support brace and outlet box.

Installing The Support Brace

Installing The Support Brace

If there is a ceiling joist directly above the hole which will allow the outlet box to be recessed a minimum of 1/16″ in the ceiling, go to installing the outlet box section.

If there is not an adequate ceiling joist available, do the following:

  • Attach a 2" x 4" support brace between two joists. The support brace must allow the bottom of the outlet box to be recessed a minimum of 1/16" into the ceiling. See Figure 7.
  • Check the support brace to ensure it will support the full weight of the fan and light kit.
Installing The Outlet Box

Installing The Outlet Box

  • Obtain a UL-approved octagonal 4" x 1-1/2" outlet box, plus two #8 x 1-1/2" wood screws and washers, available from any hardware store or electrical supply house.
  • Orient the outlet box so that both the inner and outer holes in the box align with the joist or support brace. Drill pilot holes no larger than the minor diameter of the wood screws (5/64″) through the inner holes of the outlet box.
  • Attach the outlet box directly to the support brace or joist with two #8 x 1-1/2" wood screws and washers. The bottom of the outlet box must be recessed a minimum of 1/16" into the ceiling as shown in Figure 7.

Preparing The Wiring

CAUTION: All wiring must be in accordance with nat

CAUTION: All wiring must be in accordance with national and local electrical codes and ANSI/NFPA 70. If you are unfamiliar with wiring, you should use a qualified electrician.

  • Make sure the circuit breakers to the fan supply line leads and associated wall switch location are turned off. If you cannot lock the circuit breakers in the off position, securely fasten a prominent warning device, such as a tag, to the service panel.
  • Thread the fan supply line through the outlet box so that the fan supply line extends at least 6″ beyond the box as shown in Figure 8.
  • Attach the fan supply line to the outlet box with an approved connector, available at any hardware store or electrical supply house. Refer to Figure 8.
  • Make certain the wiring meets all national and local standards and ANSI/NFPA 70.

You have now successfully prepared your ceiling fan site. For instructions on how to install your ceiling fan, continue with the installing the ceiling plate section.

Installing Without The Light Fixture

Your Hunter fan comes with a light fixture assembly. This feature gives you the option of installing the fan with or without the included light fixture.

If you decide to install the fan without the light fixture please complete the following instructions.

Attaching The Upper Switch Housing

  • Partially install two #6-32 x 3/8" housing assembly screws into the switch housing mounting plate as shown in Figure 26.
  • Feed the upper plug connector through the center opening of the upper switch housing. See Figure 26.
  • Align the keyhole slots in the upper switch housing with the housing assembly screws installed previously.
  • Turn the upper switch housing counterclockwise until the housing assembly screws are firmly situated in the narrow end of the keyhole slots as shown in Figure 27. Install the one remaining #6-32 x 3/8″ housing assembly screw into the third hole in the upper switch housing. Tighten all three screws firmly.
  • CAUTION: Make sure the upper switch housing is securely attached to the switch housing mounting plate. Failure to properly attach and tighten all three housing assembly screws could result in the switch housing and light fixture falling.

Installing The Lower Switch Housing

  • Connect the upper plug connector from the motor to the lower plug connector in the lower switch housing assembly. See Figure 30.
  • NOTE: Both plug connectors are polarized and will only fit together one way. Make sure that both connectors are properly aligned before connecting them together. Incorrect connection could cause improper operation and damage to the product.
  • Place the lower switch housing assembly over the upper switch housing. Align the side screw holes in the upper and lower switch housings. Attach the lower switch housing to the upper switch housing with three #6-32 x 3/8″ housing assembly screws. See Figure 30.

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4.  Separate connected ceiling fan wiring

With downrod fans, you’ll need to remove the canopy first. Then you can begin removing the wire nuts and disconnecting the fan wires from the house wires. If your ceiling fan has a remote receiver wired in the canopy, be sure to remove the wire nuts and disconnect the remote receiver wires from the fan and ceiling. 

Once you remove the light and blades from your low-profile fans, you can remove the canopy to begin disconnecting the wires from the fan, ceiling, and any remote receiver. Low profile ceiling fans often attach to the mounting bracket from a hinge on one side that you can rest the fan, making it easier for you to use both hands for unwiring the ceiling fan.

NOTE: If you are uncomfortable with the wiring portion of removing a ceiling fan, consult with a certified, professional electrician.

How do you take down a ceiling fan?

Remove the metal canopy that covers the mounting bracket by loosening the screws on either side. You may need to use a very short screwdriver to get between the housing at the ceiling and the main body of the ceiling fan.

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