How much should I expect to pay for a ceiling fan installation?

From the simple and basic to the extremely elegant, ceiling fans vary widely in price. Here's what you should expect to pay. Keep in mind these are estimates and depend on where you're located.

From the simple and basic to the extremely elegant, ceiling fans vary widely in price. Here’s what you should expect to pay. Keep in mind these are estimates and depend on where you’re located.

Typical price of a ceiling fan
Low-End Estimate: $30
High-End Estimate: $3,000 (designer brands can run higher).

  • Low-end models often only have two speeds.
  • Midrange models are usually more energy-efficient, have better lighting features, and tend to look better.
  • High-end models have bigger motors, high quality materials, run quieter, and may have multiple fans attached.

Additional costs

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

  • A junction box needs to be installed onto something solid to support the weight of the fan. If the location for the fan doesn't have adequate support available in the ceiling, the installer will need to put up a 2 x 4 or a brace.

Wiring a ceiling fan / installing a junction box from an attic
Low-End Estimate: $200
High-End Estimate: $350

  • The price varies depending on the complexity of the wiring to be done.

Wiring a ceiling fan / installing a junction box (no attic, no wires)
Low-End Estimate: $315
High-End Estimate: $425

  • Fans installed on the first floors of two-story homes or on vaulted ceilings cost more due to the complexity of the wiring and mounting.

Installing wall switches
Low-End Estimate: $50
High-End Estimate: $90

What to Expect
The complexity and cost of the job is based on many variables-whether junction boxes need to be installed, where the fan is located, etc. If there was a light fixture in the room, the installer will remove it and make sure a proper junction box is installed to support the weight of the fan. The professional installer should mount a ceiling plate, assemble the fan components, and then make the necessary electrical wiring connections when hanging the main ceiling fan motor.  After that, he or she will put up the fan itself and make sure it works correctly.

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