How To Choose a New Ceiling Fan

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Since you’re picking out a large, semipermanent appliance that will be fixed in the center of a room, choosing a new ceiling fan for your home can feel daunting. That’s why the expert technicians at Hoffman Electrical & A/C have put together this guide to help you choose a ceiling fan with the technical specifications you need. By ensuring you have the technical aspects covered first, you’ll feel more confident browsing through different styles because you’ll know that whatever fan style you choose will function properly.

If you prefer that a qualified electrician install your new ceiling fan, Hoffman Electrical & A/C is happy to help! Call us at 866-238-3243 or contact us online

Outdoor Fans & Indoor Fans

If you want to install your new fan on a porch or patio, you will need to choose a ceiling fan that’s made specifically for the outdoors. An outdoor fan will be able to withstand Tampa’s humidity. If you choose an indoor fan and install it outdoors, the blades will warp and creak. Your new ceiling fan likely wouldn’t last through a single season.

Room Sizes & Corresponding Fan Sizes

Let’s think through some measurements. How big is the space in which you’re installing your fan?

Ceiling Height & Mount Types

When you’re measuring your ceiling height, keep in mind that even if you purchase a flush-mounted ceiling fan that clings very close to the ceiling, it will still hang down at least 1 foot. So, if your room is 8 feet high, you’re limited to choosing a flush-mounted ceiling fan for safety reasons. If your room has a very high ceiling or is slanted, you will be limited to choosing an extended downrod mount so that the blades on your new ceiling fan have the room they need to rotate.

Tip: Choose the height of your fan based on the height of your ceiling and not your height. There are inexpensive chain extensions you can buy that allow you to turn your fan on and off from any height.

Need help taking accurate measurements? Hoffman Electrical & A/C can measure your space to prepare it for an installation. Call us at 866-238-3243 or send us a message.

Notable Brands

We trust that you’ll know what style preferences fit your needs and budget. Here are a few brands that produce high-quality, popular ceiling fans in multiple styles. As you browse, make sure that the technical specifications fit your ceiling height and room type.

Ceiling Fan Installation by Hoffman Electrical & A/C in Tampa, FL

Follow these guidelines, and you’ll soon have a beautiful, high-quality ceiling fan for your home. If you live in Tampa or the Pinellas County area and need help installing your new ceiling fan, Hoffman Electrical & A/C can help! Our expert technicians have experience with many different makes and models. We can install your ceiling fan quickly and safely so that you get the maximum efficiency out of your new fan throughout its life span.

Schedule an appointment with a certified electrician from Hoffman Electrical & A/C to install your new ceiling fan! Call us at 866-238-3243 or contact us online today.

Why Isn't My Doorbell Working?

Is your doorbell no longer ringing? It’s a common problem, usually tracked down to certain obvious sources. Follow along with the certified team at Hoffman Electrical & A/C while we dive into the most common causes for an inoperable doorbell in Florida.

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Faulty Button

The vast majority of doorbell electrical failures will ultimately track back to a faulty button at the door. Remove the button and check the two wires in the back that should make contact when the button is pressed; if one is broken or out of place, you’ve already identified your problem. Otherwise, try touching the two wires together and see if your doorbell rings.

If it does, the problem is in the button and you should simply pick up a new one. If there’s an obvious issue with the wires, it’s almost certainly a job for your electrician!

Bell Unit

Once you’ve eliminated the possibility of a problem at the button, your next stop should be the bell unit or chime housing. Start by looking for the obvious once you’ve removed the cover: anything not attached securely where it ought to be, or corroded, or worn, or otherwise damaged. If nothing pops out, you’ll want to test the electrical connection with a low-voltage tester.

Connect it to the common terminal and one of the doorbell terminals, then have someone press the button at that door—if it lights up, but doesn’t ring, the problem is in the bell unit. Sometimes a thorough cleaning will get a unit working, but otherwise it’s time for a full replacement.


If obvious problems with the bell unit don’t show themselves, your next stop will be to look for the transformer and see if it has any problems. It’s important to note that this is where you move from the low-voltage systems of your doorbell to the much higher voltages of general home electricity. You can test the transformer with a low-voltage tester via screw terminals, but if it turns out to be the problem it’s almost certainly time to call an electrician.


At this stage, you’ve eliminated the button, the bell unit, and the transformer and found nothing wrong. If nothing pops out in any specific component, you need to check the wires running from your doorbell to the bell unit, and from the doorbell system to the transformer. Even the smallest problem can introduce enough disruption to prevent your doorbell from ringing..

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If even an exhaustive search of the wiring of your doorbell still doesn’t reveal a problem, you’re probably dealing with some issue of the underlying electrical system. At this point, there’s not much you’ll be able to resolve on your own, even if you’re comfortable with DIY—electricity gets dangerous when you start looking at problems outside of the low-voltage system of a doorbell, after all. Definitely leave it to an electrician if it reaches this stage.

If you’ve reached this stage and need assistance in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, contact Hoffman Electrical & A/C today to schedule an appointment!

Replacing a Junction Box Cover and Fixing Backstabbed Wires

Most electrical problems in your house will more often than not require an electrician to fix them, but sometimes, if you have some time on your hands and the right tools, there are certain things you may want to tackle yourself. In this post, we will look at replacing a junction box and fixing backstabbed wires. (more…)

Are Old Wires and Fixtures in Your Home Safe?

Electrical wiring and materials have improved significantly over the years, but if you live in a house in which the wiring was laid a long time ago, there may be some risks involved. It is worth checking to see whether everything is as it should be. (more…)

Wiring Electronics in Your Largo Home

Whether you are wiring for a new home, remodeling, or simply trying to consolidate the wires of your high-end electronics, it can be a daunting and frustrating task. It is important to prepare for the future during this process.

If you are building or remodeling your home, it is as important to consider future technologies, because you may still have a regular TV today, but tomorrow you’ll want the latest smart TV. There’s so much new technology on the horizon; simply look around to see which products might be future purchases, and then wire with that in mind. This is a great time to consider an integrated home network. This cuts down on the separate wires running through your walls to give you a centralized hub. The hub is then wired to each room where a modular outlet allows access to services. If you are not up for the task of wiring all of the rooms in your house, you can choose to simply set up an impressive family room for the time being.

While you can do these types of installations yourself with the help of the Internet and many hours of deciphering which cord goes where, it can be a difficult process that leaves you frustrated and your electronic devices not working. The trial and error aspect of this can end up costing you more time and money than you initially intended. If you are not among the electrically savvy, the best alternative is to hire a professional to do it. This can be costly upfront, but in the long run it will be a better and more efficient way to go. Hiring a qualified electrician like those at Hoffman Electrical & A/C can make a difficult job much easier, allowing you to use your electronics rather than twisting your wires.