Ceiling Fan Installation: Should I Hire an Electrician?
We get many phone calls on a monthly, if not weekly, basis for ceiling fan installations. This is simply because hiring a licensed electrician for a ceiling fan installation is the safe, and time efficient choice. Sure, there are a handful of people who like to do a Google search for “do-it-yourself ceiling fan installations”, or “how to install a ceiling fan”. KB Electric LLC wants to caution these “do-it-yourselfers” who love to watch Youtube tutorials for their upcoming home improvement projects, specifically this one.
If you are experienced with electrical work and know exactly what you are doing, then great! We aren’t going to stop you from doing a ceiling fan installation yourself. But for those of you who aren’t versed in electrical code, and don’t know the safety requirements for wiring a ceiling fan (without Googling it), then it’s time to pick up the phone and call a licensed electrician for this project. Let’s explore the reasons why hiring a licensed electrician for a ceiling fan installation is the smarter option than doing it yourself.
Reasons to Hire an Electrician for a Ceiling Fan Installation
They Know Electrical Wiring
Licensed electricians are versed in electrical code and know the NEC requirements for wiring all home appliances. With that said, a ceiling fan installation done with knowledge and expertise will ensure it is done correctly. Knowing how to correctly wire everything is the key to avoiding faulty wiring. When a homeowner isn’t knowledgable with electrical wiring and code, there is definitely a good chance that faulty wiring can occur, which leads to electrical fires!
They Can Get It Done Way Before the Day Ends
If you have never installed a ceiling fan before, be prepared to schedule a few days of your time, maybe even a week, to get it all done. This includes the time it takes to learn how to do it, get the proper tools to do it, and install it. Especially if you don’t know what you are doing before “Googling” how to do it, it could take you multiple attempts to get a fully functioning ceiling fan up and running.
It’s like anything in life: learning the piano, learning how to swim….they all take time and practice before perfection. Licensed electricians do this type of installation many many times, and because of their experience and skill in electrical code, they know how to get it done fast! Hiring an electrician that KNOWS how to already install a ceiling fan properly and up to code should take no time at all (within mere hours!)
They Know Ceiling Fans
Unsure of which type of ceiling fan to go with? What type of ceiling fan box will you need? What is a peak box? A lot of different things go into the installation of a ceiling fan. Licensed electricians KNOW all about them even before you have to look up the information! Not to mention, licensed electricians have the proper tools to install ceiling fans because they KNOW all about them! This is another reason why the simplicity of hiring an electrician for a ceiling fan installation just makes the most sense.
They Can Actually Save You Money
It is a reoccurring theme in many of our blogs when it comes to do-it-yourself home improvement projects: you can actually waste money with inexperience. One wrong move with electrical wiring, or any mistake for that matter, and you may need to call an electrician to fix the damage on top of installing it correctly. Bottom line, mistakes can definitely cost you.
When all said and done, it’s best to hire an electrician for a ceiling fan installation to save yourself time, and so someone with the expertise in electrical code can install it correctly and safely. We aren’t preaching this because we are electricians, we are preaching this to prevent electrical fires in your home with a professional who knows what they are doing!
As always, if you are in the Southeastern, PA area in need of a licensed electrician for your ceiling fan installation, call KB Electric LLC! (267) 467-3178.