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Question DetailsAsked on 12/31/2014

Looking for someone to replace a ceiling fan in a 20 ft vaulted living room. Who should I contact?

Blade broke off the ceiling fan that is in my living room. Ceiling is 20 feet. Fan most likely has a 6 foot down rod. Fan is white with 6 blades, 5 lights, and remote control. Would like to replace with similar fan but cannot find one from the big box stores. Would also like a fan that can be reversed by remote as switching the direction of the fan is difficult when fan is 14 feet up.

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Unless it broke because it hit something, most manufacturers would send you a replacement blade free regardless of whether in warranty or not, because a fan blade that breaks off on its own is an inherent defect and grounds for possible product safety recall if you reported it to the CPSC.

Also, I am surprised that if it has a remote control that the control does not include reversing - don't think I have ever seen one that could reverse that did not have that function on the remove control. But I will admit, most of my experience has been in parts of the country where overhead fans are not real common.

Electrician is your person to do the job - including replacing the blade if that is your solution, though a Handyman could also do that.

Hate to say it, but actually getting the replacement might be a bit of a pain - because electrician obviously do not stock ceiling fans, and you wil undoubtedly want to choose the particular Before you buy one, you need to know the maximum amperage the existing circuit can handle, how many wires it has feeding to the fan (may be able to use a three-way switch to reverse it by switch if enough wires there), how heavy a fan the existing electrical box can take without having to upgrade to a heavier-duty box mounting, and how expensive it would be to replace the box (if not heavy-duty fan mounting already) with one that can handle a large, heavy fan. To find all these things out, the electrician would have to take down the existing on and see what is up there now. Then he provides you with the info, you go buy a fan unit that meets those criteria, then he comes back to install when you have it - meaning you are paying for two service calls in most cases, at $100-150 each time probably. That is one reason ceiling fan installations tend to run a lot more than people think they should.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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