Be sure to read the manufacturer's installation instructions before attempting this project, as product installation methods may vary greatly from brand to brand.
13 steps on 'How to Replace a Ceiling Fan'
Cut the power
Turn off the electricity to the circuit that you will be working on at the breaker box.
Remove the old fan
Remove the old fan starting with the fan blades and any light fixtures that are hanging underneath it.
Remove retaining screws
Remove the retaining screws holding the base in place and disconnect the wires.
Attach the new ceiling plate to ceiling
Position the new ceiling plate in place. Pull the existing wires through the hole in the new ceiling plate and secure the plate to the box using the screws supplied with the kit.
Assemble new fan base components
Assemble the base components following the instructions that came with the kit by first pulling the wires through the canopy.
Finish assembling base canopy
Secure the canopy to the base.
Hang the canopy
Hang the canopy onto the ceiling plate.
Cut and strip wires
Cut the wires to their proper length and strip the ends.
Join like-colored wires
Join the two white wires, the two black wires and the two green wires using wire connectors. Connect any additional wires according the instructions that came with the kit.
Secure the canopy to the ceiling plate
Pull the canopy flush to the ceiling and secure it with the canopy screws.
Attach the new blades
Attach each blade to an arm using the supplied hardware. Be sure they are secured tightly.
Attach light fixture (if applicable)
If the fan has a pre-assembled light fixture, attach it according the instructions and install any bulbs and shades.
Turn power back on
Restore power to the circuit. Test to make sure the ceiling fan is operating correctly.