In Australia’s warm climate, ceiling fans are an institution, cooling the air quietly and creating a pleasing ambience in our homes. You’ll be all set for those summer nights with a professional electrician to carry out your fan repairs or a brand new installation.
Ceiling fans have always held their own against the more powerful air conditioners because they are cheaper to install and much less expensive to run. They are safer and more efficient than other types of fans such as pedestal, box, or personal fans.
A ceiling fan also works well in tandem with an air conditioner. Many families use their air conditioner for a cold blast of air in the daytime, but their ceiling fan overnight so everyone sleeps in gently circulating cooled air.
Although fan installations are relatively quick, DIY isn’t recommended, so get a professional electrician on board before you purchase a new fan or attempt repairs.
Ceiling Fan Installation and Repair
If installing ceiling fans for the first time, take advice from retailers and installers. There is a huge variety of indoor fans and a special range of outdoor fans that can bring the wow factor to sheltered outdoor living areas.
Usually fans are needed in more than one room so you should consider different sizes and what suits the décor and ceiling heights where the fan will be located.
Some special ceiling fan features include:
- Fans with optimal energy ratings
- Quiet fans with timber blades for baby’s room
- Industrial strength exhaust fans for commercial kitchens or factory premises
- Smart ceiling fans that can be operated remotely
- Alfresco area fans for verandahs and outdoor living spaces
At the time of installation, the electrician can advise on routine upkeep of ceiling fans plus issues that might require repairs down the track, but generally; ceiling fans are cost-effective, long-lasting and low-maintenance appliances.
How long does the ceiling fan installation process take?
Your electrician will estimate the time required for fan installation when quoting. Multiple fans can be installed during one appointment.
Variables affecting the time taken include:
- Difficult access to the ceiling
- Complex wiring or faults that require a rewire
- The number of fans that are being installed
- Huge fans might need two people for safe installation.
How much does it cost to install a ceiling fan?
There are three main aspects of the cost of a ceiling fan: the purchase price of the fan, professional wiring of the new ceiling fan installation, and associated work, such as any new wiring or switchboard upgrades your home needs for the fan to work effectively and safely.
You can select new fans from lighting, hardware or electrical retailers with costs ranging from $100 to $1500, and your electrician can recommend suitable models.
Ceiling fan repairs and maintenance
If you have an older ceiling fan, these are common problems to watch out for, including tripping fuses, loose electrical wiring, malfunctioning fan and sparking.
Other issues to consider include:
- The fan has stopped working or only works now and then.
- The fan needs to be more balanced and make odd noises.
- There are sparks near the fan.
- The fan has damaged blades.
- The fan light isn’t working any more.
- The ceiling surrounding the area is cracked or damp.
A professional electrician can help determine if your existing ceiling fan is beyond repair. The fan should be replaced for serious faults, and the electrician may recommend rewiring.
However, if you like your old fan and it is a fixable issue, you may get many more years from the fan. Ensure you routinely remove dust from the fan blades to help extend the fan’s working life.
If your fan looks aged or no longer suits recent room renovations, you may also consider upgrading to a new style or model of fan. Newer ceiling fans can be quieter, sleeker and more energy efficient, so there could be cost savings in replacing rather than repairing.
Why choose Curran Electricians?
Curran electricians provide a local solution when residents of the South Coast, Illawarra or Sutherland Shire need ceiling fan installations or repairs. The Curran family business has been operating in the area for more than 30 years and is now a trusted supplier of electrical services.
In 2023, we were awarded the NSW State Service Business of the Year Award by the Master Electrician’s Association.
We send a professional electrician who is certified, fully licensed and insured to work in your home. They will have the right equipment and the skills to install or repair your ceiling fan.
Our work is guaranteed, and our customer service team will ensure you are happy with our quality ceiling fan installation or repairs.
– How much does it cost to install a ceiling fan?
Curran Electricians provide upfront pricing, and the customer service team ensures you have the information you need before work commences.
– Can a ceiling fan be repaired?
A professional electrician can help determine if your existing ceiling fan is beyond repair. In NSW, only qualified electricians can repair ceiling fans.
– How do you repair a noisy ceiling fan?
A noisy ceiling fan may be a case of dirt and debris unbalancing the fan. But if it is still noisy after cleaning, call a professional. They can diagnose and fix problems causing it, including loos fan blade screws or loose lighting screws. If a fan blade proves to be bent or badly damaged, you may need to replace it rather than repair it.