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renees

03:14PM | 09/23/05
Member Since: 11/28/02
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Trying to install a new Minka aire ceiling fan with a wall controls. We have older wiring in our house. We successfully wired the ceiling fan to the transmitter and house wiring at the ceiling. However, the instructions for the wiring of the wall controls don't seem to match up with what we have. The wall controls have two black wires and a green wire. One of the black wires is labled for fan control and the other for power. Our box only has 1 black and 1 white wire. The instructions say not to connect either black wire to the white wire because it will cause fire and damage the wall control. The wall control controls both fan speed and light. One friend suggested connecting the wall control's two black wires to the house black wire and capping off the house white wire. Won't that create a short in the system? Would buying a handheld remote for this fan resolve any wiring problems. Any suggestions or explanations? Thanks.

Billhart

03:33PM | 09/23/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
It sounds like you have a switch leg wiring

Where the power comes to the light fixture and then a switch leg is run to the switch.

http://www.selfhelpandmore.com/switchoutlet/basiclightswitch/basiiclightswitchsl.htm

That shows that the hot wire is the white and while not shown on the drawing it should be "remarked" by puttting color tape (any except white or green) on it at both ends.

However, the tape is often not used and often the wire colors are reversed.

You want to wire it like it shows in the drawing at the ceiling.

Then connect the control wire for the Power to the white wire (with the tape marking) and the control wire for the Fan to the black wire.


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