Cost of Installing a Ceiling Fan

A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to install a ceiling fan, including the costs of labour and materials.

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Although not complex, if not properly undertaken, installing a new ceiling fan can turn into a mini-DIY disaster. Because there is wiring, lighting, and other electric components involved, this small task for a professional, might prove to be highly-complex for a novice.

Whether you choose to perform a DIY installation or leave it to the experts, there are some things to consider prior to having a new ceiling fan installed.

What the job entails

Installing a new ceiling fan requires, at a minimum, installing minor electrical components. You will have to connect adapters, install wiring in the ceiling, and possibly connect external wires, for the fan to work. If the fan has a light, there is also this electrical aspect which has to be accounted for during the installation.

You might need to cut/remove a portion of the ceiling prior to removal. It is also important to properly align/center the fan, to ensure proper air flow throughout the room. And, it has to be stabilised, in order to avoid shaking, or possibly dropping/falling, if wires aren’t properly connected, and fasteners stabilised, prior to turning on the fan/lighting.

Additional Projects

Of course, wiring for the fan to work is a pivotal concern. If the right wires aren’t attached, the fan isn’t going to work when you turn it on. Installing a new ceiling fan might also require certain electrical work to be performed if the fan has an external light. Therefore, it has to be properly wired, and all electrical sockets must be accurately attached/connected, to guarantee full functionality with your new fan.

If installing external lighting (the fan and light are individual units), this is a great time to do both projects. You can use a single wire/connection port, and you can connect all necessary lines for the fan and light to operate in conjunction with one another.

During the installation, if you have to level/sand out the ceiling, this is the perfect time to undertake this task as well. If you choose to paint or otherwise perform decorations/improvements in the room, of an aesthetic nature, it is a good time to complete all of these tasks together.

Things to Consider

Many ceiling fans also have a light attached to it. If you want to add light to a room, then it is a good idea to choose this dual-purpose fan. Bear in mind however that this will require additional lighting and electric work, so you might have to hire a different contractor to perform these tasks.

In addition to wiring work, you must also consider the size of the fan, based on the room it is being installed in. of course, you want proper circulation/ventilation in the room, therefore must choose a fan/light option, which is powerful enough for the size of the space you are installing it into.

Consider decorative pieces and different material options. This is not only going to dictate the cost of the fan/light combo product you purchase, but also the installation cost. If you hire a professional contractor to install a fan which cost £100, will also incur higher installation fees. Keep this in mind when choosing the fan, you wish to install in the room.

Costs and Duration

Any installation of this nature is simple in nature. The actual time to install the ceiling fan is under an hour in most cases. However, if there is additional wiring to be completed, running new wires or additional electric work to be conducted, this can cause a simple project to take 1-week, rather than 1-hour in time. For this reason, it might be best to hire a professional to install the new ceiling fan, as they can perform these tasks in far less time than you can.

In terms of cost, the installation itself should run approximately £50 when hiring a contractor. This, of course, doesn’t include the cost of labour or a flat rate, which most contractors typically charge. Additional fees for electrical work, or additional wiring installation, should also be accounted for when discussing the fees to install your new ceiling fan. For a simple installation job, most homeowners are probably looking at anything from £50 to £200, if additional wiring or electrical projects have to be completed, during the installation phase.

Additionally, if installing more than one fan, in various rooms of the home, the contractor will usually charge an additional fee per fan, rather than a flat-rate for the entire installation project in the home.