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ATLS4

12:00PM | 07/29/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I have a very Hampton Bay basic ceiling fan with light kit installed in my master bedroom. I have purchased a more powerful and more pleasing designed Hunter model to replace it. My question is, should I be concerned about a weight difference of the new fan? I'm not sure how much the Hampton weighs in comparison to the Hunter, I'd say and extra 15 lbs or so due to a larger motor.

The wiring should be the same on the new fan so I should only have to re-wire everything as it is now, correct?

rpxlpx

02:58AM | 07/30/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Yes, no change needed in the wiring. (Make sure you don't discard the instructions until you've finished the job and all is well.)
If the existing fan is properly supported, you'll have no problem with the new one. If the existing fan is simply hung on a junction box that's intended for lights only, you should get a better support. There are many styles available that will do the job.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited July 30, 2002).]

ttfn

06:32AM | 07/30/02
Member Since: 07/29/02
7 lifetime posts
If I were you I would remove the old box and install a box rated for ceiling fans, these are specifically designed for the dynamic load created by a fan.
There are new designs that install quickly and will support the fan with no problem.
Or you can rely on the old box to support the weight of the new fan and live with the possibillity that it could come down, with someone in the room underneath it.
ttfn
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