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gloverhouse

04:10PM | 02/05/06
Member Since: 02/04/06
6 lifetime posts
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I took down a ceiling fan left by the previous owner and forgot to mark the configuration of the wires. There are two seperate circuits running into the box, one that runs from the main panel in the basement, through the switch in the room, to the box for the fan. The second, runs from a sub-panel in the attic to the box for the fan. How do I configure these wires? I followed a book and connected all three hots, the neutral from the switch to the blue in the ceiling fan (for the light), and the neutral from the attic to the neutral in the fan. This gets the light to work on the switch but the fan will only work when the light is out and even then it creates a light glow from the bulb. What's up?

househelper

05:52AM | 02/06/06
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
The previous owner obviously wanted to be able to operate the fan and light separately, but took a convoluted and dangerous way to do it. You have two choices: operate the fan and light from the switch, controlling them independently from the pull chains, or, operate the light only from the switch, having the fan always hot and controllable from the pull chain. (another option would be to add a remote)

Either way, you need to get rid of one of those two circuits. You were lucky in that they are either on the same breaker or are on the same leg in the panel. Had they been on opposite legs, you would have had quite a fireworks show!

Post back with how you want the fan/light to operate and we'll forward some wiring tips.

gloverhouse

05:59AM | 02/06/06
Member Since: 02/04/06
6 lifetime posts
I was hoping to have the ability to have the light run on the switch and the fan run off of the chain. What configuartion should I use. Like I said, I currently have it so the light works and the fan works but they don't work at the same time. Any insight into why that is happening?

Billhart

03:53PM | 02/06/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
If I understand it correctly the power goes to the switch and then to the fan.

I have not looked at them so I am not sure of the details, but you can get fan remote control kits from HD and Lowes.

There are two types. One use a hand held remote and the other replaces the walls switch. Then both types have a modual that mounts in the fan box and will control the fan and the light separately along with dimming and speed control.


gloverhouse

04:13AM | 02/07/06
Member Since: 02/04/06
6 lifetime posts
No. The circuit that runs through the switch and to the light is on a seperate circuit and has its breaker in the main panel in the basement. The power that runs straight to the ceiling fan is on a circuit with a breaker in a sub panel in the attic. Any ideas?

doug seibert

05:49AM | 02/07/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
The blue wire is the hot feed to the LIGHT.....

Are you sure you have to separate feeds to the fixture ?

I asked/answered your question at the Fix-It-For'em.....The two appear to connected together in Series......

http://www.bobvila.com/wwwboard/messages/268872.html

Open the switch box and tell us ALL the wiring colors combinations in the box.......

TESTER ?

househelper

06:04AM | 02/07/06
Member Since: 03/31/05
265 lifetime posts
In the switch box you should have 4 wires (if you have more, post back for further instructions): two blacks connected to the switch and two whites tied together. Turn off the power, remove the switch and separate the white wires. Make sure no wires are touching, turn the power back on, and determine which set is hot by measuring the voltage between a black and white (120V) or using a test light. Turn the power off. Cap off the hot black and white with wire nuts (DO NOT connect them together!) and push into the back of the box.

Add a piece of black tape to the white wire of the remaining two, connect it to the bottom of the switch and connect the remaining black wire to the top of the switch.

At the ceiling box, determine which set is hot as described above. Connect the white from the hot set to the white from the fan. Connect the black from the set that goes to the switch to the blue wire. Connect the black from the hot set, the white (add tape to reidentify)from the set to the switch, and the black from the fan together. Put averything back in place and the fan should work by the pull chain, the light by the switch.

If you are uncomfortable doing any of this, call an electrician.

gloverhouse

06:26AM | 02/07/06
Member Since: 02/04/06
6 lifetime posts
In the box there are two wires. Both have 1 white, 1 black and 1 ground. The fan comes with a white, black, blue, and ground.

gloverhouse

06:27AM | 02/07/06
Member Since: 02/04/06
6 lifetime posts
Whoops, that is in ceiling fan box. I'll check the switch box tonight.

gloverhouse

09:19AM | 02/09/06
Member Since: 02/04/06
6 lifetime posts
The switch box contains the standard one black, one white, and one ground.
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