How much should I expect to pay for a ceiling fan?
The ceiling fan is a common feature in many homes. Most fans have varying speeds, as well as a reverse option to drive heat down from the ceiling in the winter. The fans may have a cord, wall switch, or remote control device that allows a person to change the speed and direction of the fan blades easily.
When fans have lights included in the unit, there is normally a light control button in the remote. A fan controlled with cords will have a separate cord for the fan and light that hang from the housing. Ceiling fans appeal to homeowners with a variety of styles.
From the simple and basic to the elegant and ornate, each style will be priced differently. If you want professional installation, keep in mind that labor rates vary from one local area to another. Call several different companies to find the best price available.
Typical Costs for a Ceiling Fan
- Low-End Estimate: $20
- High-End Estimate: $12,000
- Low-end models may only have two speeds.
- Midrange models are usually more energy-efficient, have better lighting features, and have more styles from which to choose.
- High-end models might include a system of 2-6 fans mounted in a row along a rod.
Additional Costs for Ceiling Fan Installation (Professional Services)Typical Installation
- Low-End Estimate: $65
- High-End Estimate: $85
These estimates assume there is already a junction box with wires in the ceiling. Many ceiling fans are placed in locations where there is an existing light fixture, meaning additional wiring is often not required.Reinforcing a Junction Box
- Low-End Estimate: $35
- High-End Estimate: $50
Junction boxes need to be installed onto something solid to support the weight of the fan. If the fan location chosen in the home doesn't have adequate support available in the ceiling, the installer will need to put in a 2 x 4 or a fan brace.Wiring a Ceiling Fan / Installing a Junction Box from an Attic
- Low-End Estimate: $215
- High-End Estimate: $285
The price varies depending on the complexity of the wiring to be done.
Wiring a Ceiling Fan / Installing a Junction Box (No Attic / Wires)
- Low-End Estimate: $315
- High-End Estimate: $385
Fans installed on the first floors of two-story homes and vaulted ceilings will cost more due to the complexity of the wiring and mounting.
Installing Wall Switches
- Low-End Estimate: $75
- High-End Estimate: $90Expect to pay slightly more if the wall switch controls both the fan and the light unit under the fan.
What to Expect from Ceiling Fan Professional Installers
- The professional installer will need to know the location in the home where the ceiling fan will be installed.
- The complexity and cost of the job is based on many variables-for example, do junction boxes need to be installed, is the fan on the first floor of a home, and so on.
- If there was a light fixture in the room, the professional installer will remove it and make sure a proper junction box is installed to support the weight of the fan.
- The professional installer will mount a ceiling plate, assemble the fan components, and then make the necessary electrical wiring connections when hanging the main ceiling fan motor.
- The final step involves adding the blades and (if applicable) the light kit to the ceiling fan.
- Find recommended electricians on Kudzu who can install a fan for you.