Ok, I removed my old fan, and *thought* I drew an entire diagram of the
old wiring setup. What I didnt relize until I tried wiring the new fan
was I forgot to draw where the white wires were connected to on the old
Here is my setup:
one of the black wires were connected to the Blue and Black wire on the
fan. I know that the other black wire was connected to the white wire
on the fan. What I dont know is where the other white wires connect to
Any ideas where I should connect the other (2) white wires? I tried
different combinations, nothing worked :(
Does the fan have a light? Did the old fan have a light? Did the light and
fan work on separate switches or just one switch?
With the wires disconnected, does anything not work that did before?
A little information would get you a better answer.
I have taken to photographing things before I disassemble them. Haven't
need to refer to the pictures yet, but it is nice to know they are
Yep, I made the mistake of not taking a picture beforehand. Ive done
this many times in the past, but I didnt do it this time (and im paying
for it). The wiring diagram that came with the fan is a simple
diagram, White on White, Black and Blue on Black.
Like I said, I have (2) sets of wires coming out of the electrical box
in the ceiling. The old fan did have a light (which is what the blue
wire is for) and their is only (1) switch on the wall.
That is making the assumption that the 2nd set of wires feeds something
else, but you would know that if you checked to see if anything wasn't
working with the wires disconnected.
I can't imagine what else it could be, but will say that there is a 10%
chance you have something squirrelly.
If you have a voltage detector you should test the two blacks just to be
sure they aren't both hot; make sure you try with any reasonable switches
in both positions. They shouldn't both be hot if you had a connected
fan/light, but it is prudent to be sure.
If you don't have a voltage detector, get one immediately. You should never
touch a wire without testing it for voltage first; especially on a ladder.
The shock is probably harmless, but the fall might not be.
You have only one switch so the fan is switched but the light is not (you
have to use the chain on the fan for the light)
Connect the two black together along with the blue and the black from the
fan using a wirenut
Connect two white wires with the white from the fan with a wirenut.
Connect the 2 ground wires by twisting them together, twist them around the
ground screw in the ceiling box, then and wirenut them to the fan ground
That should do it.
White wires are the return or common wires. They always ALL connect
together. Hot wires on Fans are Black or Blue and sometimes RED.
Green wires go to chassis ground.
The white wire on the fan MUST connect to the white wire in the
Your lack of clarity makes this difficult. Given your setup, it sounds like
the wall switch either controlled the fan or the light, and the other was
controlled by pull chain. In your ceiling box you have two cables, one is
feed and the other goes to the wall switch. With a meter find out which is
the feed cable, then connect the white from that cable to the white of the
fan. Connect the black from the feed cable to the white from the switch
cable and to the black from the fan. Connect the last black from the switch
cable to the blue from the fan. Connect any ground wires together. Now the
wall switch will control the light and the pull chain will control the fan.
If you want it controlled opposite, reverse the blue and black fan wire
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