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How To Install Your Ceiling Fan

Hunter Fan Installation Instructions

To install a Hunter ceiling fan, be sure you can do the following:

If you need help installing the fan, your Hunter fan dealer can direct you to a licensed installer or electrician.

Tools You Will Need

Checking Your Fan Parts

Carefully unpack your Hunter fan and check for damaged or missing parts. If any parts are missing or damaged please contact Hunter at 888-830-1326.

Understanding Installer's Choice®

Hunter's patented 3-position mounting system provides you maximum installation flexibility and ease. You can install your Hunter fan in one of three ways, depending on ceiling height and your preference: Low Profile, Standard, or Angle mounting. The steps in this guide include instructions for all three Installer's Choice mounting methods.

Flush Mounting (Figure 1) fits close to the ceiling, for low ceilings less than 8 feet high. Figure 1 - lush Mounting
Standard Mounting (Figure 2) hangs from the ceiling by a downrod (included), for ceilings 8 feet or higher. For ceilings higher than 8 feet, you can purchase Hunter extension Down Rods. All Hunter fans use sturdy 3/4" diameter pipe to assure stability and wobble-free performance. Figure 2 - Standard mounting
Angle Mounting (Figure 3) hangs from a vaulted or angled ceiling. Figure 3 - Angle mounting

Preparing The Fan Site

These guidelines are designed to help you select the best location for your fan and to prepare the site prior to installing the fan. Proper ceiling fan location and attachment to the building structure are essential for safety, reliable operation, maximum efficiency, and energy savings.

Choosing The Fan Site

Within the room where you want to install the fan, choose a fan site where:

Figure 4 - Minimum mounting distances

Using an Existing Fan Site

If you are preparing a new fan site, go to the preparing a new fan site section.

If you plan to use an existing fan site, complete the following checklist for the support brace, ceiling hole, outlet box, and wiring. If you cannot check off every item, see the preparing a new fan site section for instructions on properly preparing the site for your new fan.

Fan Support System

Ceiling Hole

Outlet Box


See Figure 5 for an adequate existing fan site.

Figure 5 - Adequate existing fan site

If your existing fan site is suitable, go to the installing the ceiling plate section and begin installing your new Hunter fan.

Preparing A New Fan Site

To prepare the fan site follow four steps:

Cutting The Ceiling Hole

Locate the site for the hole directly below the joist or support brace that will hold the outlet box and fan. Cut a 4" diameter hole through the drywall or plaster of the ceiling as shown in Figure 6. You will use the hole to install the support brace and outlet box.

Figure 6 - Cutting The Ceiling Hole

Installing The Support Brace

If there is a ceiling joist directly above the hole which will allow the outlet box to be recessed a minimum of 1/16" in the ceiling, go to installing the outlet box section.

If there is not an adequate ceiling joist available, do the following:

Figure 7 - Installing the outlet box

Installing The Outlet Box

Preparing The Wiring

Figure 8 - Preparing the wiring

CAUTION: All wiring must be in accordance with national and local electrical codes and ANSI/NFPA 70. If you are unfamiliar with wiring, you should use a qualified electrician.

You have now successfully prepared your ceiling fan site. For instructions on how to install your ceiling fan, continue with the installing the ceiling plate section.

Installing The Ceiling Plate

Figure 9 - Inserting the isolators into the ceiling plate

Assembling The Fan For A Standard or Angled Ceiling

Figure 12 - Assembling the downrod

Continue to the hanging the fan section.

Assembling The Fan For A Low Ceiling

Hanging The Fan

Raise the fan and place the hook through the loop on the ceiling plate as shown in Figure 16. Use the note and arrow engraved in the ceiling plate to assist in determining the direction to assemble.

WARNING: Fan may fall if not assembled as directed in these installation instructions.

Wiring The Fan

Disconnect the power by turning off the circuit breakers to the outlet box and associated wall switch location.

You can use either one or two wall switches to control the fan and/or lights separately. Use connection 1, as described in Figure 17, to:

Use connection 2, as described in Figure 17, if there is no separate wall switch power wire for the light fixture.

Figure 17 - Wiring the fan

Installing The Canopy

Installing The Canopy Trim Ring

To easily install the canopy trim ring, locate the two tabs on the canopy trim ring. See Figure 20.

Removing The Canopy Trim Ring

Figure 21 - Removing the canopy trim ring

Assembling The Blades

Hunter fans use several styles of fan blade irons (brackets that hold the blade to the fan).

Installing The Light Fixture

You can install with or without the light fixture. If you want to install without the light fixture, skip to the installing without the light fixture section.

WARNING: Use only the supplied light fixture for this fan model.

Attaching The Upper Switch Housing

Attaching The Light Fixture

Refer to Figure 28.

Figure 28 - Attaching the light fixture

Installing The Paper Shades

Refer to Figure 29.

Figure 29 - Installing the kraft paper shades

Attaching The Lower Switch Housing

Figure 30 - Connecting the plug connectors

Installing Without The Light Fixture

Your Hunter fan comes with a light fixture assembly. This feature gives you the option of installing the fan with or without the included light fixture.

If you decide to install the fan without the light fixture please complete the following instructions.

Attaching The Upper Switch Housing

Installing The Lower Switch Housing

Operating Your Ceiling Fan

Turn on electrical power to the fan.

The fan pull chain controls power to the fan. The pull chain has four settings in sequence: High, Medium, Low and Off.

The light pull chain controls power to the light. The pull chain has two settings: On and Off.

Ceiling fans work best by blowing air downward (counterclockwise blade rotation) in warm weather to cool the room with a direct breeze. In winter, having the fan draw air upward (clockwise blade rotation) will distribute the warmer air trapped at the ceiling around the room without causing a draft. Refer to Figure 31.

Figure 31 - Air flow patterns

To change the direction of air flow, turn the fan off and let it come to a complete stop. Slide the reversing switch on the fan to the opposite position as shown in Figure 32. Restart fan.

Figure 32 - Pull chain and reversing switch