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How to Replace a Ceiling Fan

Learn how to replace your outdated or broken ceiling fans. Update your HVAC with these easy guides that show you how to replace a ceiling fan.

Expected Project Length:

1 Hour

Skill Level:



Ceiling fan


Phillips head screw driver Wire strippers wire cutters

Warning: Be sure to read the manufacturer's installation instructions before attemptin this project, as product installation methods may vary greatly from brand to brand.

13 Steps on 'How to Replace a Ceiling Fan'

1. Cut the power

Man flipping breaker to cut power

Turn off the electricity to the circuit that you will be working on at the breaker box.

2. Remove the old fan

Man taking old man apart by removing a fan blade

Remove the old fan starting with the fan blades and any light fixtures that are hanging underneath it.

3. Remove retaining screws

Man pulling fan hub from flush base to remove screws

Remove the retaining screws holding the base in place and disconnect the wires.

4. Attach the new ceiling plate to ceiling

Man attaches 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.

5. Assemble new fan base components

Man assembling new fan components

Assemble the base components following the instructions that came with the kit by first pulling the wires through the canopy.

6. Finish assembling base canopy

Man assembling base canopy

Secure the canopy to the base.

7. Hang the canopy

Man hanging new canopy

Hang the canopy onto the ceiling plate.

8. Cut and strip wires

Man cutting and stripping wires

Cut the wires to their proper length and strip the ends.

9. Join like-colored wires

Man joining 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.

10. Secure the canopy to the ceiling plate

Man securing canopy to the ceiling plate

Pull the canopy flush to the ceiling and secure it with the canopy screws.

11. Attach the new blades

Man attaching new fan blades

Attach each blade to an arm using the supplied hardware. Be sure they are secured tightly.

12. Attach light fixture (if applicable)

Man attaching light fixture

If the fan has a pre-assembled light fixture, attach it according the instructions and install any bulbs and shades.

13. Turn power back on

Man flipping breaker to turn power back on

Restore power to the circuit. Test to make sure the ceiling fan is operating correctly.