Ceiling Fan - Question on Existing Outlet Box


Old 09-09-15, 08:58 AM
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Ceiling Fan - Question on Existing Outlet Box

Hi everyone,

Hoping that someone can confirm whether or not the existing outlet box I have installed in my home is rated for a ceiling fan or not. House was gut-renovated in 2014 and in the dining room there is a covered outlet box. I do not have an attic to access and view from above. Pictures below are of the outlet box that is under the cover. Fan is approximately 20 lbs. Thank you!

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Old 09-09-15, 10:09 AM
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That new it should be embossed Fan Rated. Look in the bottom. It looks fan rated. Are the fixture screws 10-24?
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Looking at the pictures now I do see some of the embossing that I didn't initially notice. Its painted over a bit, but I'll take a better look this evening and check to see what it says.
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If nothing else, these plastic boxes are easy to remove and replace with something like below:

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From what I remember plastic ceiling fan boxes are no longer considered to be safe for ceiling fans. So even if it says fan rated I suggest replacing the box with a metal one. I though am not an electrician but do remember seeing this somewhere.
Old 09-09-15, 08:50 PM
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There are listed plastic fan rated boxes available. If the existing box is fan rated there is no compelling reason to change it.
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Poked around more closely last night and its just a Carlon ceiling outlet box that fastens on the side (with the the "wings") of a joist. So looks like its going to have to come out and be replaced with a Westinghouse brace I ordered.

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