How to Wire a Ceiling Fan with an Extension Rod

a man fixing a ceiling fan
What You'll Need
Screw driver
Cotter pin
Safety glasses
Connector pin
Down rod
Down rod mount
Measuring tape

If your home has high ceilings, you may need an extension down rod when you are installing or wiring the fan. Because of this, the task is a little bit more difficult. Here are some steps, however, to make the process go as smoothly as possible for you.

Step 1 - Preparation

Before beginning this project you want to make sure that all of the power is off in the room that you are working on. Do not just turn off the light switch, you have to actually go and shut that power off completely since you will be working directly with the wiring.

Another tip is to wear safety glasses at all times during this project as you will be spending much of your time looking up and run the risk of getting something in your eye. Depending on the length of the extension that you need you will either buy a pre-cut rod or you can buy the rod and cut it yourself. You will want to make sure that you leave enough clearance so that no one will hit their head on the fan. Oftentimes, you can just add about six to eight inches to the height of the tallest person in your household.

Step 2 - Attach the Down Rod

Use the mount to attach the down rod. You want to make sure that the ball end is towards the ceiling facing up and that it is secure by tightening the screw.

Step 3 - Wiring

Begin with the down rod and canopy and insert the wires into them from the fan motor. Line up the holes on the connector post and the down rod so that they match up. Using both the connector pin and the cotter pin you can insert into the hole and secure.

Secure into the motor by tightening the screws on the down rod. The white wire needs to be twisted together and then covered by the wire cover. Then after you have finished with the white one, move onto the black wire. The black wire needs to be twisted together the same way and then screw on that wire cover. Finally, find the mounting bracket and connect together the green wire and the ground screw.

Step 4 - Finish Up and Test

After you are finished with the wiring you will want to screw the canopy back on so that the fan can be used again and is completely restored. Now that all of the wires are covered, it's safe to turn the power back on and flip the light switch to make sure that everything is working properly. You will want to watch for the next few days to make sure that the fan is spinning evenly and that you screwed everything in level.

After you have completed this task you can give yourself a big pat on the back and enjoy the cool breeze!