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Do you have a room that is too warm? Do you want an efficient way to keep you cool while bringing your utility bill and carbon footprint down? Install a ceiling fan. Wait, you don't have a light fixture where you need the fan? Not a problem. Our skilled electricians in Loveland, Berthoud, Longmont, and Fort Collins can install switches and ceiling fan rated electrical boxes in your finished room with limited or no drywall patching needed.
A common situation we encounter is you have an existing ceiling fan or old light fixture in the location you are wanting the new ceiling fan installed but you may not have an electrical box rated to support a ceiling fan.
Per National Electrical Code article 422.18, "Ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be supported independently of an outlet box or by one of the following:
(1) A listed outlet box or listed outlet box system identified for the use and installed in accordance with 314.27(C).
(2) A listed outlet box system, a listed locking support and mounting receptacle, and a compatible factory installed attachment fitting designed for support, identified for the use and installed in accordance with 314.27(E)."
This rule was implemented in the 2000's to improve safety and if the incorrect installation is performed it's not uncommon over time to see ceiling fans loosen up or fall from the boxes they were attached to. If you are replacing or installing a ceiling fan, please look on the inside of the box and confirm it is stamped "ceiling-fan rated." If your box is not ceiling-fan rated, not to worry, there is good news. Your local hardware store should carry boxes designed for this type of situation and can be installed without removing drywall. If you are not comfortable doing this work please give us a call, we would love to help you out.