The holidays are the time for gift giving. If you get a new ceiling fan and light fixture to replace the old one in your kitchen, you will need to take the old fixture off and replace it with the new one. Here is how you can remove the old ceiling light and fan to install a new fixture:
What You Will Need:
- Medium-sized Phillips Head Screwdriver
- Wire Nuts
- Electrical Tape
Turn Off the Power
You should shut off the power to the ceiling fan and light before you start working. Turn the power off at the switch, and if you want to be extra safe, turn the power off at the circuit breaker or fuse box, too. The last thing you want is someone walking into the room and flipping on the switch while you're handling exposed electrical wires.
Remove Fan Blades
Fan blades are typically held in place with a couple of screws. Remove the screws and the blades from the fixture hanging from the ceiling. This will lighten the weight of the fixture and make it easier to handle.
The canopy covers the electric wires and mounting bracket for the fan and lights. Some canopies are held on by Philip-head screws located along the outer edge of the canopy or by a retaining screw located at the center of the canopy. Remove the screws and lower the canopy so you can work on the wires.
Take off the wire nuts from the hot wires (black colored) and the neutral (white) wires. Also remove the ground copper wire if there is one (this is a bare wire that is screwed into the bracket).
Take off the old bracket that is connected to the electrical box located in the ceiling while carefully holding onto the light fixture. The fixture should drop down once you have unscrewed the bracket from the box.
Attach New Bracket
Attach the new bracket to the electrical box with the green (grounding) screw facing downward.
Connect the ground (bare) wire to the grounding (green) screw. Connect the two hot wires (black) together using a new wire nut. Then connect the neutral wires (white) together. For added protection, wrap electrical tape around the wire nuts to hold the wire nut and wires together. Stick the wires up into the metal bracket so they don't get in your way as you connect the new fixture to the bracket.
Connect Fixture and Canopy
Screw the fixture and the canopy to the bracket.
Put On New Blades
Screw the new blades onto the fan and screw in new light bulbs.
Turn Electric Back On
Turn the electric back on at the breaker box and the wall switch. Turn the lights and fan on to make sure everything is working. For more help, contact a company that can give you more info on home lighting fixtures.