Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Subject: Wiring a ceiling fan

Name: Bill Subject: Wiring a ceiling fan

Question: I'd like to install a ceiling fan where a light fixture was. I took the light fixture down and the wiring going into the ceiling box consists of two groups of wires. The 1st is 14-2 (black,white,ground)and the 2nd is 14-3 (black,white,red,ground.) My ceiling fan does not have a light kit but I am going to use a handheld remote for the fan. The fan has 3 wires coming out of it (black,white,blue) and the remote has 5 wires coming out of it (black and white) from one side and (black,white,blue) on the other. Can you please tell me how to connect these wires to the ceiling fan. Thank you so much.

Answer: Hi Bill,All you you need to do is find 120 volts. It should be between the black and white. The red wire is probably a switched wire controlled by a light switch. Since you are using a remote the fan gets hooked up to the black and white.When working with remote remember to set the dip switches. If you use the pre-set code you have a greater chance of the wrong remote controlling the wrong fan. We fixed that problem in a downtown Philadelphia condo once. The Society Hill towers I think. Our client thought she had a ghost when her fan kept going off and on for no reason.

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