Guide to Remove a Ceiling Fan – Is it Safe to Remove Wattage Limiter?

In this guide, you will know How to Remove a Ceiling Fan in a few steps. Some people love ceiling fans, some don’t really care to use one. We must all, however, agree that they are incredibly functional, especially in the summers.

These days ceiling fans are additional appliance to many homes. These Ceiling fans are more popular for circulating air throughout our room. This popularity increases as more and more people discover dramatic, year-round savings in their home.

How to Remove a Ceiling Fan?

During the summer, ceiling fans can reduce the stress on air-conditioners. They also have a dual function of circulating hot air that can keep the room up.

Over the years we have encountered our fair share of ceiling fan issues and sometimes we end up replacing them. More often we tend to hire a professional to remove a ceiling fan and replace them, which will cause an additional dent on our pockets.

In this guide, we will be discussing some easy steps to remove a ceiling fan.

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Step 1

First, you need to turn off the circuit breaker which provides power to your ceiling fan. Once you do this, try to check if the fan is running by switching it on. If the fan turns on, check that the correct circuit breaker has been switched off.

Step 2

Next, you need to remove the light bulbs and lampshades, if there are any. Sometimes, you will have to remove the bulbs first and then remove the shades. To reduce the weight you are dealing with and the chances of breaking the fixture, it is better to remove the globes and bulbs from the fan.

Usually, it is easy to remove the bulbs; they just come apart similar to other lights. You need to remove the thumb screws to get the globes off the fan.

Step 3

Ceiling fans are difficult to remove with the blades installed. You will need a screwdriver to do this one and some buddy to help you hold the fan.

It’s definitely an arm workout, so make sure that your sidekick can hold it as soon as you remove the blades. Remove the blades by unscrewing the screws near the blade irons.

The screws are usually on the top side of the blade that goes into the metal bracket, which attached to the fan motor. Each blade will have three to four screws that hold it in place. Remove the blades one at a time and save the screws in case, you plan to install the fan somewhere else.

Now your fan is less bulky and easier to work with.

Step 4

To remove the fan housing, remove the canopy trim ring that is at the top of the fan unit. You can just squeeze and remove them. This may not be found in all ceiling fans.

Next step is to remove the screws at the base unit of the ceiling fan.  Unscrew them till the fan unit comes off the base plate. If your fan is too old, you might need a buddy to help you hold the fan.

If you plan to mess around inside the fan, check the box with a tester to ensure its safe. If there is a maintenance hook, hang the fan there and continue with troubleshooting the fan.

Step 5

The old base plate, in most cases, might not suit the new fan. So it is better to remove the base plate and mounting screws. Keep those screws safe, they might come in handy.

Step 6

There may be three or… four wires to disconnect while removing the ceiling fan. If there are three wires, one will be hot, one neutral and the third one for ground. There might be four wires when there are separate switches for light and fan.

Remove the wire nuts and unhook all the wires that run into the electrical system through the ceiling. Ensure that you remove the ground wire that runs inside the down rod.

Step 7

Kudos on a project done well!! Don’t forget to switch on the circuit breaker to turn the power back on.

Is It Safe To Remove Wattage Limiter In Ceiling Fan?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to remove wattage limiter from the ceiling fan. Ensure that the circuit breaker is turned off before you dirty your hands. One precautionary measure… DO NOT overload the ceiling fan system with bulbs.

You might have to cut off a couple of connectors that come with the fan and use some twisted caps instead. You need to work with the wires, so ensure power is turned OFF!!

The pull chain switch usually has two wires, let us call them A and B. Connect the hot wire from the light connection to wire A, using a twist connector. Wire B is connected to another twist connector.

Both neutral wires are connected to the twist connectors. You are all set!!

Now put back everything in place and voila…. The lights and the fan work just like before with the advantage of brighter and non-flickering lights.

How to remove a ceiling fan with a downrod?

When your ceiling fan has a down rod, removing the fan varies slightly. The fans with downrod have a cup that is placed close to the ceiling and another one just above the fan base unit.

Remove the fan base plate by unlocking the screws and unhook the wires. While doing this you must be careful to remove the cup at the bottom of the downrod.

Once this is done, remove the downrod be unscrewing it from the ceiling. Ensure that you remove the wires that are on the inside of the rod, safely. Make sure that you do not damage the bearings on the upper side of the fan base plate are not damaged while removing the rod.

Final Thoughts

If you followed the steps in the guide and removed the ceiling fan in your home, all by yourself, you definitely need a big round of applause. Congratulations on a job well done!! For more such helpful information, stay tuned to www.smallceilingfans.com

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