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Question DetailsAsked on 3/3/2013

I am trying to find someone to install a ceiling fan that has lights.Would I have to call a electrical contractor? or handyman?

I have not bought fan yet because Lowes & Home Depot want more to install fan than fan cost . I have a fan up now not working, needs replaced.

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An electrician would be the safest bet, but the handyman should be less money.

Some juristitions require a licensed electrician.

There are Do It Yourself sites that give detailed instructions , I think one is


Answered 7 years ago by BayAreaAC


Most handymen should be able to replace one fan with another. Either a handyman or Home Depot will probably cost less than an electrical contractor, provided your dwelling doesn't require the use of an electrician.

Answered 7 years ago by apartmentdweller


Make sure the ceiling box that supports this fan is rated for ceiling fans. Ceiling fan boxes can support up to 70lbs. A standard ceiling light fixture box, which came with the home, is rated for about 10lbs. This is the most common mistake I see with ceiling fan installations. Installing the correct box may be why Home Depot is charging so much.


Answered 7 years ago by Kestrel Electric


Late response but might be useful to others with same issue who see this question:

Another reason cost might be higher, aside from installing a fan-rated box, is if you want wall control of both fan and light and the existing fan is fan only or there is only a ceiling light there now, there will likely not be enough conductors in the existing wiring for that so additional wiring will have to be run and new or changed controls put in wall at the switch location. Some models avoid this by using a pull-chain to control fan and lighting, others with battery-operated remove controls so basically the wall switch is used only to turn off the power during repairs and there is power to the unit at all other times, with the actual light and fan control being done at the unit with the pull chain or remote control.

One a new install, it is not at all unusual for the total install cost to exceed the fan cost or be even doulbe that cost, especially if drywall repair and repainting is needed to repair the holes made to run new wiring. it gets more dramatic for normal lights - where a $20 ceiling light fixture might cost $300-500 to install by the time drywall or fancy textured ceiling repair and painting are included.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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