1. Turn the power off

This is by far the most important step for this project. To stay safe when working with the electrical wires, turn off the power to the ceiling fan.

Turn the switch on and off, and use a voltage tester to confirm that there’s zero power running to the ceiling fan before you proceed.

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Assign an assistant to spot you at the bottom of the ladder in case of difficulty removing the heavy fan, or ideally on a second ladder steadying the motor while you unmount it.

Step 8: Connecting the New Wires

Twist the bare ends of the black wires together; these are your “hot” wires. Follow that up by twisting the white (neutral) wires together and then finishing up by twisting the bare copper ground wires. If the wires of the new fixture aren’t white and black, refer to the manual. It is imperative that you don’t mix the hot and neutral wires.

Not only that, some fixtures may not come with a ground wire but a green screw instead. That green screw will be attached directly to the mounting bracket. If this is the case, you can connect the ground wire to that green screw.

Step 6: Install the New Bracket

With the wires out and the old mounting bracket removed, it’s time to install the new one to your electrical box. Start by mounting the screws onto the bracket and leaving them just a little longer to mount the light base; you can tighten them later.

It is important that you don’t tighten the new mounting bracket entirely right now. Doing so can make it difficult to maneuver the new bracket when it needs to be moved.

7. Add the switch housing

You’ll most likely put your switch housing into place using screws. There will be a wire plug that goes from the upper to the lower switch housing. Make sure this connection is secure, because it’s what turns the fan on.

How Do I Cut the Power to My Ceiling Fan?

For safety reasons, you’ll want to go beyond just turning off the switch or knob on the wall. Be sure you cut the power to the circuit that serves your ceiling fan. This means turning the power off to the circuit at the breaker box. If your breaker box is appropriately labeled, you should be able to find the correct breaker quickly.

However, to be sure you’ve cut the power to the ceiling fan, follow a few steps:

1. From the controls on the wall or the remote, turn the fan or lights on.

2. At the breaker box, turn the appropriate breaker off. If you don’t know which it is, start turning smaller breakers off one at a time as you check to see if the ceiling fan is still on.

3. Once the ceiling fan turns off from the breaker, you have effectively cut the power to the circuit.

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.

Removing the Ceiling Bracket

Removing the Ceiling Bracket

Ceiling fan brackets are typically mounted to the junction boxes that house the wires for the unit. These brackets are usually held in place by a few Phillips-head screws that can be removed with your screwdriver.

At this point, you are ready to move forward with the replacement of a new ceiling fan or installing a light fixture. If you plan on selling the used fan, be sure to keep all the hardware together.

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