How Much Does It Cost to Install a Ceiling Fan in Denver, CO
January 13, 2017
Interested in installing a ceiling fan in your home but not sure what a “fair” price might be?
Well, a ceiling fan installation in Denver, CO costs anywhere from $100 to $500 with the average price being around $152 to $332.
Obviously, every job is different. Factors that affect the overall price of your ceiling fan installation include:
- Ceiling height
- Attic access to the room/installation area
- Whether the fan will be installed into an existing fixture or not
- Installing a pull string vs. a wall switch
- Whether a new circuit will need to be created or not
- Contractor prices
To help you get a more realistic idea of what your specific job might cost, let’s take a closer look at those factors.
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Check the height of the ceiling where your fan will be installed. If your ceiling is higher than 10 feet, the installation cost usually increases. This is because the materials and labor required typically increase with higher ceilings.
Attic access to the room
If there is no attic access to the area of installation or if obstacles (such as pipes) block access to the installation area, the overall price will go up.
To easily mount the fan box and wire the ceiling fan, an electrician needs access above the ceiling. If an electrician can’t access this, they’ll most likely have to cut into the ceiling. This cutting plus the drywalling repairs can double the time and materials it takes to install a ceiling fan.
Whether there’s an existing fixture where the fan will be installed
If you are installing a fan into an existing fixture, you can expect the overall price to drop dramatically as this cuts down on the work needed to be done. Do keep in mind, however, that if you’re replacing a simple light fixture with a ceiling fan, there will be an additional cost of adding a fan-rated box.
But, if there is no existing fixture at all, your price will go up.
Why? Well, if there’s no existing fixture, that means a lot more work for the electrician. There won’t already be an entry point or wiring in place, so the electrician will have to cut out an access hole, run wiring to the fan then install a fan-rated box. And depending on how long he has to run the wire and how much access he has above the ceiling, this can take a considerable amount of time.
Installing a wall switch installed vs. just the pull chain
Installing a wall switch increases the installation price of a ceiling fan.
Most fans come with a pull switch as part of its design. So there’s minimal work required to get a pull switch functioning properly.
But if there’s not currently a wall switch connected to the fan, and you’d like to control the fan via a wall switch, installing one will take a lot more time. The electrician will need to run wiring to the wall switch as well as additional wiring to the fan itself.
Whether a new circuit will need to be created or not
The standard fan requires more electricity than a normal light fixture (at high speed with lights on). So your contractor will need to determine if there is room on an existing circuit for the fan or if a new circuit needs to be created.
If a new circuit needs to be created to prevent an overload on your existing circuits, your overall installation price will increase (assuming you won’t need to upgrade your entire panel to accommodate the circuit).
If none of your home’s current circuits can handle the additional amperage of your ceiling fan, your electrician will need to create an entirely new circuit.
To do this, your electrician will first need to determine whether your panel box can handle a new breaker. From there, they’ll need to install the correct kind of circuit breaker and run cable between the fan and electrical panel.
Ultimately, the electrician you choose to complete the ceiling fan installation determines how much you’ll pay. And, just like any service, higher quality electricians come at a higher price.
When taking bids, though, don’t just pick the lowest price. Do your research before making your choice. You wouldn’t pick an inexperienced doctor to treat you just because they’re the cheapest option, right? You should choose your electrician with the same mindset.
A sloppy installation job can cost you more in the long run and can be extremely dangerous. When choosing your electrician, make sure that they:
- Are licensed and insured
- Have at least 3 years experienced
- Offer a written contract
- Can provide references from recent customers
Additional factors that can increase your ceiling fan installation price
- Adding hand held remote controls
- Adding slope adapters for vaulted ceilings
- Installation of advanced features such as multi light kits, variable-speed controls, etc.
- Renovations needed to keep your home/electrical system up to date with the National Electric Code
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