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Old 11-12-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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I have a ceiling fan I am replacing. It has a wall switch (on-0ff). From the box there are two black wires, two white wires and ground. I hooked up the black and blue wires from fan to the two blacks from box, the white from fan to the two whites and ground to ground. If the wall switch is off, it throws breaker when I turn on. If the switch is on it will work when I switch the breaker but blows the breaker when I turn it off at wall switch. Obviously I have a wire in the wrong place. Any help appreciated


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Old 11-12-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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I guess you didn't check what went where with the old fan before you took it down? (learning lesson).
Do you own a cheap 120 volt test light or multimeter?
What colors are the wires on your wall switch? How are the wires by color connected in the switch box?
You may have a switch loop and one of the whites at the fan end of things may actually be a black (hot) line.


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sounds like your switch is powered down from box..would need pics....but my guess split 2-white wires....one is switch leg...hot from switch...need to check with meter...black,blue from fan to switch leg? other white neturel to white to fan ..ground to ground... should work.....try it may have to due it 2 times if you don't have tester....
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The 'fan' might actually be a fan/light combo.

Possibility 1: If you are installing unit as a fan only, don't use the blue wire. It's likely for the light kit. Try 1 black / 1 white at a time etc but looking at switch wires at the switch should cut down on the guessing. If for fan and light on one switch, the blue goes with one of the blacks but try the other one.

Possibility 2: Your original switch area has 2 switches. One for fan, one for light. black/black white/white and black/blue white/white but figuring out which is which takes time.
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