I live in a house that was built in 1999, this outlet currently mounts a light fixture. I want to replace the lights with a ceiling fan but I am not sure if the current outlet box will support the fan.

the outlet box

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Sorry, but this junction box is not rated, won't support a ceiling fan. You will have to investigate further to determine how the box is mounted and replace it with a box rated for a ceiling. If you have attic access to this box, replacing it will be easier. If not, it will be more difficult and you might have to remove some of the ceiling around the box to cut it out.

  • Most of the old work fan rated junction boxes I see let you slip the cross rod into the existing hole and tighten it between joists. There's still a chance of having to hack the ceiling, but I'd say it's unlikely. Mar 20, 2021 at 23:25

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