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michaelwil 05-19-2012 12:44 PM

Electric- ceiling fan replacement should have been easy...
 
FIGURED IT OUT... THE BEEPING VOLTAGE LOCATOR DEVICE CORRECTLY SHOWED THE RED WIRE AS HAVING VOLTAGE, BUT THE VOLTAGE METER SHOWED A VERY SMALL AMOUNT. SO I ATTACHED THE FAN WIRES TO THE RED WIRE (SWITCH LEG) INSTEAD OF THE BLACK AND IT WORKED!

Famous last words.. OK here we go:

FIRST the existing ceiling fan: no light, two way switch. Via the pull chain 3 speed/off settings if you kept the fan in ON position you could turn the fan ON or OFF with wall switch.

ENTER the new Hunter fan, no light, "1 hour project" (similar to Gilligan's Island's 3 Hour Tour!!!... the weather started getting rough>>>

I hook up new fan same way old fan was connected.
WH to WH
GR to GR
BK to BK
BKwith wht stripe from fan to RD in ceiling box

(There is also another 2 wire coming in, each twisted together, going back out of the ceiling box that I didn't touch, blk to blk & wht to wht, grd to grd)

Fan comes on fine, operates via pull chain, but wall switch doesn't affect fan now.

Both BK and RD out of ceiling box are hot regardless of switch position. I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT ONE OF THEM WOULD HAVE BEEN THE HOT SWITCH LEG. Didn't have a reason to check prior to replacement so don't know about previous status, I cut off breaker to replace.

Both BK and RD going into wall switch are hot unless I switch breaker off. I also previously tested switches for working and swap switch with known working one.

Test for continuity at ceiling box between BK and RD with breaker off, there is none when switch off, but HAVE continuity when switch is on.

In wall switch box the bk going into the top of the switch and the rd going into bottom of switch are HOT coming INTO SWITCH.

WHAT AM I MISSING HERE??? I DIDN'T CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WIRING?

HOW ARE BOTH THE RD & BK IN THE WALL BOX STAYING HOT? THERE IS SOMETHING BASIC I AM MISSING HERE.

THANKS!!!!

gregzoll 05-19-2012 01:26 PM

Need to post a picture of both the switch & the fan wire hook ups.

kbsparky 05-19-2012 04:07 PM

What are you calling a "two way switch" ??

There is no such thing. Either you have a single pole switch (with 2 terminals) or a "3-way" switch (with 3 terminals). I am not counting any grounding terminal here.

Existence of a 3-way switch usually means there is another one nearby that controls the same lighting outlet.

:whistling2:


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