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Do you need an electrician to install a ceiling fan?

Ceiling fans are useful all year round but are essential in the summer months. They’re also better for the environment than air conditioning units and can be a much more cost-effective way of keeping rooms cool in comparison. The average ceiling fan uses somewhere between 25W and 90W of energy while in operation during the day, in comparison to air conditioners which can use up to 3.5kW. This makes ceiling fans a great choice - but if you’re looking to replace one or perhaps install several of them in your home, there are several things you’ll need to take into consideration.

Installing a ceiling fan in Sydney: safety rules to consider

Australian law is strict when it comes to repairing and installing electrical systems within the home. In Sydney, all electrical work needs to be undertaken by a licensed electrical engineer - with the exception of installing low-voltage garden lighting, changing a lightbulb or rewiring a fuse. This means that if you want to replace or install ceiling fans, you’re going to need the services of a qualified electrician.

What are the risks involved with installing ceiling fans?

While it may seem fairly straightforward to perform a DIY job on a ceiling fan, any fans with a wall switch must be professionally installed. This law is in place to prevent any potential hazards and to ensure warranties remain unvoided. Some of the biggest risks associated with ceiling fan installation in Sydney include:

  • Incorrect wiring causing danger (including electrocution).
  • Fire risks if incorrectly-installed circuits lack the capacity to handle the additional power.
  • Ceiling fans falling from the roof and injuring residents due to incorrect installation.
  • Insurance coverage being affected by unlicensed electrical services.
  • Structural issues caused by ceiling fans being incorrectly anchored.
  • Additional repair costs when a DIY installation doesn’t go to plan.

What precautions will a professional electrician take?

When undertaking a Sydney ceiling fan installation, a qualified electrician should: - Turn all power off at the mains before beginning the tasks. - Undertake a risk assessment to ensure there are zero obstructions at the site of installation. - Ensure each connection complies with local electrical codes. - Thoroughly read the manufacturer’s installation instructions for safety and hazard information.

Does it matter what type of ceiling fan I have?

Regardless of whether you need to install a ceiling fan with a pull cord, remote control, lighting or dimmer switches, you will require a professional, qualified electrician to oversee the installation. Electricity can be incredibly dangerous, and any installation of electrical appliances should be left to those with the correct qualifications and understanding of how to safely and securely install an appliance. This ensures you and your family will remain safe in your home.

Can I order a ceiling fan and arrange for an installation?

Once you have decided upon the best type of ceiling fans for your home, you can purchase them from wherever you like and then arrange for a third-party electrician to fit them for you. You’re under no obligation to purchase ceiling fans from an electrician - although to ensure that your appliances are fitted legally, you will need a qualified electrical engineer to come and install them.

Request a ceiling fan installation today

If you’re in need of a replacement ceiling fan and require a qualified electrician to perform the task, look no further than Mr Glow Electrical. As a family-run business, we take pride in offering first-class electrical installation services throughout Sydney. For further information, please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements. Whether you need ceiling fan installation, removals, maintenance or all three, we’re here to ensure your appliances are safe, secure and functional.

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