ceiling fan wiring
I installed the second of two cieling fans in an old home that I recently purchased. The first works fine. The second however, works only by the pull chains and not off the switch on the wall. I installed a different switch to ensure the first was working correctly, and the second does not work either. The ceiling has three wires, black (hot), white, and a brown wire. The fan has four wires, one black hot for the fan, one blue hot for the light, a white, and a ground wire. Currently, the black and blue are connected to the hot balck wire, the white to the white, and the grounds are not connected. Whe we tried to do so, it blew the fuse. Are we connecting the wiring wrong? and why does the switch not work the fan/light fixture? Thanks for your help.
Sounds like the "brown" wire is an old faded red switched hot. If the old wiring is BX then by mistakenly connecting this "brown" wire to the fixture grounding wire would certainly cause the breaker/fuse to open! The black should connect to the black fixture wire, that pesky brown to the fixture blue wire, white to white and fixture grounding wires to metal box. Now the wall switch will control the light and you will need one pull chain for the fan motor. If for sone reason you want the fan motor switched at the wall along with the light, cap off the black in the ceiling and connect the "brown" wire to both the fixture blue and black wires.