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racerx4

08:48AM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 01/30/07
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Bvelectrical
Had ceiling fan with a circular wall switch that controlled (lo, med, med-hi, and hi). There is no other current light switch on the wall or in the room. Can I install a new slider type single pole switch that will allow me to control both the light and the fan?

Billhart

09:26AM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
It depends on the wiring as to what options you have.

Look in the fan box and how many cables/conduits are there. And for each cable what are the wire colors and what is connected to what.

And the same information for the switch.

racerx4

09:40AM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 01/30/07
2 lifetime posts
from the wall there is a black wire, 2-3 white wires held together with a nut, and a red wire held together with two other black wires. On the new switch there is a black wire, green wire, yellow wire, and a red wire.

roberto357

11:36AM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 01/30/07
2 lifetime posts
theres 3 wires coming out the outlit in the kitchen were there was an old hood vent foe the stove. ii bought anew hood vent wich only has ablack and white wire, but the out lit has ablack,red and white wires .how can i wire this new hood fan?

roberto357

11:36AM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 01/30/07
2 lifetime posts
theres 3 wires coming out the outlit in the kitchen were there was an old hood vent foe the stove. ii bought anew hood vent wich only has ablack and white wire, but the out lit has ablack,red and white wires .how can i wire this new hood fan?

Billhart

12:19PM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Is the wiring in metal conduit or armoured cable (so called BX) and a metal box?

Or is it sheathed electrical cable? And about what is the age of the house?

It appears that the house was prewired for a fan, which is more common in newer homes. But you did not mention anything about agrounds (bare or green). In some cases box is the ground, but I need the answer to give more details.

"from the wall there is a black wire, 2-3 white wires held together with a nut, and a red wire held together with two other black wires."

You need to verify what is in the box where the fan is connected. There should only be one cable or conduit with the black, red, white and maybe a ground wire.

You want to connect the fan white (neutral) to the white in the box. The fan power (back) to the black. And the light power (usually a blue) to the red wire.

At the switch the the conduitcable with the black and white is the power feed. And the one with the black, red and white feeds the fan.

Connect white to white.

Then connect the control to the 3 remaining wires.

"On the new switch there is a black wire, green wire, yellow wire, and a red wire."

You will have to look at the instructions with the fan switch which wires are do what.

Billhart

12:21PM | 01/31/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
That is unusaly wiring. I have no idea why 3 wires where run.

How was the old fan wired? The new one should be wired the same.

Outside of that you can use an electric meter to identify the wires.
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