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Ceiling Fan Guide

Ceiling Fan Installation Guide

Whether you’ve installed a ceiling fan before, or it’s your first time, it’s always good to refer to the instructions. Go step-by-step. Here are a few tips to help simplify the process for you:

Turn Off The Power

Whenever you're working with electricity, the first step is to always shut off the power at the breaker. Use a multimeter to double check that the wires you'll be working on are free of current.

Confirm You Have the Right Box

Check the box in the ceiling. If you're replacing an existing ceiling fan, chances are you're okay. If you aren't sure, you may want to call in a professional who can install a fan rated box.

Watch Us Install a Fan

Our How to Install a Ceiling Fan Video is a great tutorial that applies to most Kichler® ceiling fans. Watch the full video below. 

TIP: Do not connect the fan to a wall-mounted variable speed control. They are not compatible with ceiling fan motors or remote controls.

Tips for Troubleshooting

If you’re encountering problems after installing your ceiling fan, here are some common issues and how to fix them. Don’t forget, you can always call an electrician if you have any doubts.

If the fan won't start...

  • Check circuit fuses or breakers.

  • Check all electrical connections to ensure proper contact. CAUTION: Make sure the main power is OFF when checking any electrical connection.

  • Confirm the transmitter batteries are installed properly (if applicable).  Positive (+) side facing out.

  • Ensure the batteries have a good charge.

If the fan is noisy...

  • Verify that all motor housing screws are snug.

  • Be sure the screws that attach the fan blade brackets to the motor are tight. 

  • Allow a 24-hour "breaking-in" period. Most noise associated with a new fan disappears during this time.

  • If using an optional light kit, verify the screws securing the glassware are tight.

  • Make sure the light bulbs are not touching any other component.

If the ceiling fan is humming...

  • This issue may be due to loose screws. Check all screws including motor housing, fan blade and blade irons screws to be sure they are snug.

  • Confirm that the canopy cover ring fits snugly onto the bottom of the canopy.

How do I pair the remote to my ceiling fan?

Once the ceiling fan is installed, follow these steps to pair with a wall control:

  1. Restore power to the ceiling fan.

  2. Press and hold the airflow direction button until the light kit blinks twice. If there is no light kit, the fan should do a ¼ turn back and forth and then begin spinning.

  3. Once the fan begins to spin, release the airflow direction button and let the fan go through the programming sequence.

  4. The ceiling fan will come to a stop once the pairing process has successfully completed.

  5. Test operation of the fan by pressing and holding the fan button.

*Note: No other buttons on the remote or wall control should be pressed during the pairing process. Doing so could interrupt the sequence, causing issues with operation. If the process is interrupted, cut power to the fan for 10 seconds or more and then begin the process again.

When the light kit on a ceiling fan isn't working...

The light kit wires may not be connected properly. Remove the light kit to make sure the blue and white light kit wires are securely snapped together using the factory-installed connectors.

To stop a ceiling fan from wobbling...

If your ceiling fan wobbles after installation:

  • Tighten all screws. Even a single loose screw can create an unbalanced fan. Use this checklist to make sure all the fan’s screws are tightened and secure:

    • Blade screws

    • Arm bracket screws (connected to the motor)

    • Downrod screws

    • Ball and socket screws

    • Mounting screws (you may need to drop the canopy to access these)

  • Make sure your electrical box is rated to hold a ceiling fan. Check that the box in the ceiling is specifically rated as “Acceptable for Fan Support.” If not, it should be replaced.

  • Check that your blade levels are equal by selecting a point on the ceiling above the tip of one of the blades.

  • Measure the distance between blades. Rotate the fan until the next blade is positioned for measurement. Repeat for each blade. The distance deviation should be equal within 1/8".

  • Use the Blade Balancing Kit included with your fan.

  • If the blade wobble is still noticeable, try interchanging two adjacent blades to redistribute the weight for smoother operation.