At Accent Lighting in Wichita, we have an extensive inventory of ceiling fans and fan blades, but once you’ve chosen your fixture or blades and taken them home, the next step is to have them installed. With a ceiling fan, it can be best to hire an electrician to handle the installation, unless you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re doing. With fan blades, installation is a bit easier, and can be a DIY project you tackle on a Saturday afternoon.
Tips on Replacing Fan Blades
- Before you come to our lighting and fan store, take the time to measure your current fan blades. You might be updating them because of style or age, but you’ll still want to select new blades that are the same size and length as the old ones. Blades that are too small or too long can cause the fan to become unbalanced and that can affect energy efficiency and airflow.
- Once you have your new blades home, set up a sturdy ladder in a spot where you can reach and see the blades you’re replacing. Be sure to turn off the switch or dial controlling the fan, as well as the power to the fixture. You don’t want the fan to suddenly come on while you’re working on it!
- Carefully remove the screws holding the fan blade to the fixture’s mounting bracket. Be sure you have the right screwdriver for the job, since you don’t want to have to come back down the ladder once you’re already up there.
- Install the new blade by carefully lining up the pre-drilled holes with the mounting bracket. You should be able to use the screws you just removed, and it’s important not to over-tighten them, since that can put undue stress on the mounting bracket and new fan blade. You’ll also want to make sure they’re not too loose, since this could cause a catastrophe once you turn the fan back on.
Overall, replacing four or five fan blades shouldn’t take more than 20 to 30 minutes, as long as you have the right tools and knowledge for the job. If you’re shopping for new blades, visit Accent Lighting today for the best selection in south central Kansas.