The way to Wire a Ceiling Fan to an Existing Outlet Wire

The way to Wire a Ceiling Fan to an Existing Outlet Wire

Ceiling fans decrease the prices of heating and cooling your house. All modern ceiling fans are reversible. Operating from the clockwise direction — the updraft direction — during the winter months, they help circulate the warm air throughout the space, reducing the length of time your furnace should run. Run from the counterclockwise direction, they help cool your house in the summer months by creating a gentle downward stream of air. Modern ceiling fans draw so little current that they can easily be linked to an current outlet without worry of overloading the circuit.

Switch off the circuit breaker serving the socket circuit you will be linking to. Check the outlet using the noncontact voltage tester to be certain that you have turned off the correct breaker.

Mark the place on the ceiling where the fan is to be installed. Use the stud finder to locate both adjoining joists and mark a place halfway in between them to locate the buff box. Draw an outline around the buff box and drill a hole within the outline. Finish removing the cutout using the jigsaw or keyhole saw.

Mark a place on the wall where the fan/light switches must be installed. Use the stud finder to make sure you won’t be cutting or drilling into a wall stud. Use the double-gang box for a template and make the cutout as you made the buff box cutout.

Remove the middle screw holding the receptacle cover plate in place. Remove both No. 6-32 screws holding the receptacle from the box. Pull the receptacle out of the box and disconnect one set of white and black wires from it by tilting the terminal screws and slipping out the wires from under them.

Run a piece of 12/3 cable between the switch box cutout and buff box cutout. Cut this cable long enough so that it extends 12 inches in the box gaps. Run a piece of 12/2 cable from the switch location into the receptacle box you’re linking to. Cut this cable long enough to stretch 12 inches into the room in the switch cutout and 6 inches in the front of the receptacle socket box.

Push the ends of both cables through gaps in the switch box till they stretch 8 inches in the front of the box. Push the box into the wall opening and secure in place by turning the mounting wing screws clockwise.

Insert the fan box hanger bar throughout the cutout and turn the middle collar clockwise until the hanger bar prongs are firmly implanted in the rafters. Shove the cable end into the buff box as you did with the switch box, and mount the box into the hanger bar.

Remove the outer layer in the cable ends using the cable ripper or knife knife. Remove 3/4 inches of insulation from all the wires using the wire strippers. Cut three 6-inch-long pieces of black wire and one piece of white wire from a spare piece of this 12/2 cable to utilize as pigtail splices. Strip 3/4 inches of insulation from both ends of this pigtail wires. Pigtail wires are required because the electric code only permits one wire to be placed below a terminal screw.

Hang the ceiling fan/light in the buff box following the instructions that came with your lover kit. Connect the red, black, bare and white fan wires to enjoy colored circuit wires. Make these links by holding their stripped ends side by side and screwing to a wire nut.

Connect both white wires together from the switch box. Connect two of these black pigtail wires into the black wire coming from the receptacle. Produce a four-way splice between the two bare wires in the box and two bare pigtail wires. Make loops from the free ends of all of the wires using the long-nose pliers.

Connect both black pigtail wires into the bottom brass screws to the switches by putting them in a clockwise direction around the screws and tightening the screws down on them. Connect the black and red wire going to the fan/light into the top brass screws and the bare copper ground wire to the green screws. Install the switches in the box.

Make up the pigtail splices from the receptacle box, connecting the white and black pigtail wires into the silver and brass screws on the receptacle. Put in the receptacle back from the box. Turn the circuit breaker on.

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