12:00PM | 08/31/09
Member Since: 08/30/09
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I was installing a ceiling fan with a handheld remote controll.

I installed a wall switch and hooked it up to other wires in the switch already there that ran a set of hallway lights.

I had hooked up the wires to the switch and turned the switch on. I tested the wires hanging out off the ceiling and I was getting 110 v.

I installed the ceiling fan and hooked up the white to white and black to black and the ground.

When I flipped the new wal switch, I heared a little popping sound and nothing happened to the fan. I could not get it to do anything with or without the remote.

I took the fan down and opened up the fan motor casing.

I found that the controller circuit board was fried.

Does anyone know what I did wrong??


01:38PM | 08/31/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
661 lifetime posts
you didn't say if it was new.and if you connected everything properly then just take it back.


05:26AM | 09/01/09
Member Since: 08/30/09
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Thanks for the reply. I purchased the fan in the States and I live in Canada. I would really like to try gettng some info on the proper way to wire this ceiling fan in.

I need to know if I need a switch or can I just hook it up direct to to a 110 volt supply.

When I hooked up the ceiling fan to a switch and turned it on, it blew the control module circuit board in the fan motor housing.

I have another control module on order but I don't want to blow the new one.

If I bring wires from the exsisting switch, how would I wire it. Should I just tie the new wires from the new cable to the exsisting switch that controlls my hallway lights?

Please explain "in series" or "in parallel". Which way should I hook up the new white and black?


10:58AM | 09/01/09
Member Since: 07/22/04
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i can't see any reason why a wall switch would be needed other than for convenience.

the first one may have fried because you wired it for a load to pass through it.

possible.i don't know how it was connected.

if you connect it to direct power it should be good.


11:28PM | 09/01/09
Member Since: 01/09/07
198 lifetime posts
"I would really like to try gettng some info on the proper way to wire this ceiling fan in."

So when you order the new module, ask them to also send you a copy of the wiring instructions that come with the fan.

Or give the specific manufacturer & model number -- for most of them, you can look up the wiring instructions online.
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