There is nothing hard about installing a replacement ceiling fan. If you already have the wires that are necessary, it shouldn’t take you very long to get it done. A new installation in an area where there are no wires, may require you to hire a professional electrician to help you. That is one of the biggest challenges you will face when installing an outdoor ceiling fan on your patio.
One thing you should remember when searching for a new ceiling fan for your patio is that you need an outdoor ceiling fan. There are fans available that can handle the outdoor environment and even though your patio may be covered, that does not mean that an indoor fan will work. Indoor fans should only be used indoors. Outdoor ceiling fans can be used anywhere you want them.
If you are simply replacing a ceiling fan or upgrading a light that is on your covered patio, you should be able to start with flipping the breaker to kill power in that area and then taking the existing fan down. If there is no existing light or celling fan, an electrician may have to come in and tee off wires that are nearby to give you power in that area.
Once you are certain that you have wiring in that area and that the wiring is good, you can start installing the ceiling fan. In most cases, it will be the exact opposite of what you did when taking the old ceiling fan down. They are all pretty basic and they all work in the same way. You install the bracket, you install the fan mount, the fan blade area, then the light, if there is one. You should check the instructions that come with your new ceiling fan to make sure that there are no major differences in how you should install it. The instructions will also tell you which parts should be installed and in what order.
Most all ceiling fans should come with wires attached the way they should be and wire nuts to keep them secure. You should make sure that you have all of those things because a lose wire will ensure that the fan won’t run properly. The good news is, if you take the time to match wire colors, securely nut them together, and follow each step exactly; you should end up with a ceiling fan on your patio that cools you and keeps the bugs away.