A common question we get asked here at Adelaide Urban Electrical is about ceiling fan installation. Specifically, many people aren’t sure whether it’s a DIY job to remove an old ceiling fan, either because they don’t want a fan any longer or because they want to replace it.
While the answer is pretty obvious to us, we do understand that many people’s knowledge of electricity is quite basic. That’s why we’re electricians and you do whatever it is you do!
But, just to set the record straight and answer the question as succinctly as possible, removing a ceiling fan is definitely not a DIY job. Removing a ceiling fan or installing a new ceiling is something that needs to be left to the professionals (that’s us!) and there are several reasons for this:
- If you undertake any electrical work in your home (and this includes removing a ceiling fan) and you’re not a licenced electrician you’re putting yourself at risk of electrocution.
- If you’re removing a ceiling fan and not replacing it, you can’t just push the wiring into the ceiling and plaster over it. This is very dangerous and creates an electrocution and fire risk.
- If you’re installing a new fan and you’re not a licensed electrician, you may not connect the wires correctly or use the wrong wiring. This can potentially lead to damage to the fan or a fire.
- Aside from the electrical danger, if you’ve never installed a ceiling fan, it’s pretty easy to get it wrong when making the attachment to the ceiling. This could mean the fan isn’t supported correctly and you could end up with a wobbly fan or even one that falls from the ceiling.
- And if all the above is not enough to convince you, removing or installing a ceiling fan is illegal in Adelaide and South Australia. Only licensed electricians can do virtually any electrical work in your house. The only exceptions are tasks such as replacing light bulbs and changing smoke detector batteries, where no electrical risks are present.
- If your work ends up causing a fire or hurting someone, you could jeopardise your insurance and can result in claims being refused.
- The bottom line is, for the sake of a couple of hundred dollars or so, trying to remove or install a ceiling fan yourself could end up costing you thousands and possibly much, much more.
While you do need a licensed electrician to remove a ceiling fan or replace a fan, the good news is that it’s not a major job. So, it’s not going to cost you the earth and you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing the job has been done safely and correctly.
Why install a ceiling fan?
Here’s more good news, if you’re thinking of installing a new ceiling fan or replacing an old one. That is, ceiling fans do a great job of creating a more comfortable environment inside your home and will save energy and reduce heating and cooling costs.
This is even more the case now than it was in previous years, with the advent of new technology that makes ceiling fans even more efficient. For example:
- If you have a ceiling fan operating with your air conditioner in summer, you can reduce your running costs by up to 40 per cent.
- The savings in winter are not quite as impressive, however, with a modern ceiling fan running in reverse mode and circulating warm air downwards, you can lower heating costs by up to 10 per cent.
- Ceiling fans can do all this, while costing as little as two cents an hour to run.
No longer are they somewhat ugly dust-gatherers that you only turn on as a last resort. Today’s ceiling fans will become a feature of your home. You can think of them as your super-efficient superheroes, saving the planet, helping to make you more comfortable and reducing your bills!
Let Adelaide Urban Electrical remove and install your ceiling fan
It’s also worth pointing out that if you do get an electrician to do work around your home, ask to see their licence. Here at Adelaide Urban Electrical, we certainly don’t mind if people ask and we’re happy to show our licence. As part of our licensing, we always provide a certificate of compliance at the end of every job.
One of our specialities when it comes to residential work is removing old ceiling fans and replacing them with new ones. We can talk to you about the recent advancements in engineering that make today’s fans not just better looking, but also much more efficient. It’s why they cost about as much to run as a 60 watt light bulb, while saving you on your heating and cooling cost.
Phone Adelaide Urban Electrical today on 0488 488 988.