I replaced all of the switches/ouetls in my house and I can't seem to get 1
wired to a fan to work. It looks like this fan is getting power from t he
switch. In teh wall box I have my hot and neutral wires and then another
cable with hot, neutral, and a red wire. I assume this is coming from the
fan. The red wire was NOT used.
First off, is the red wire to independantly control the light or something
Next, It was previously wired so that the hot from the fan was connected to
the neuitral from the wall. Then the hoit from wall and neutral from wfan
went into the switch. I tried this, and it didn't work. I Then connected
hots together and pigtailed it into the switch, and same for neutral. Still
I'm using a standard 2 -way switch, Levitron model, just like what came out
of the wall. What am I doing wrong?
Yes. Somebody had the foresight to wire the ceiling box to
handle 2 circuits (fan & light) What they did after that is
a bit of a mystery <g>...
Hard to tell. Maybe take a few minutes and "start from scratch"
and it should work??...
Check the wires at the fan motor housing, make sure black and
white from the fan go to the black and white from the incoming
cable. Your fan likely has another color wire bundled with the
blacks, assuming you have a light kit on the fan.
Once that's done, back to your wall box, wire the two whites
together, wire the incoming black wire to the lower switch
teminal, the black wre leaving the box going to the ceiling
goes to the upper switch terminal. Rule of code, thumb, common
sense -never to be forgotten-: Switches *always* break the hot
leg of the circuit, in a normal (single pole) switch, the
white wires don't get involved. Ever.
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Well, I re-wired correctly and still nothing. My only thought is the fan
happened to blow out? The breaker works as do the power wires because I
shocked myself (oops!). And other switches on the breaker work fine.
I'm replacing the fan anyway, so when I get my new one, I'll test that out.
If that doesn't work, there must be a wire broken somewhere.
Probably. It is good to run 3wire to fans so that the light and fan can be
Gosh I hope you are joking; that should have tripped the breaker.
The line neutral should be connected to the fan neutral. The switch should
be between the two hots.
If that doesn't work, try using the red instead of the black; maybe the fan
is wired wrong.
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