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Old 04-24-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Replacing Ceiling Fan - Not going well!


Greetings!
I'm hoping for some help, I am replacing an old ceiling fan with a new one that has a remote control function.

I discovered in the box on the ceiling there were three wires coming in and capped off with a wire nut. The previous fan was wired to two other white wires coming in, and the fan is on a switch.

The problem is when I wire the new fan the same way the old one was, it does not have power.

When I wire it to the three capped off wires instead, no power either.

When I wire all of them together (gasp!) It shorts out at the breaker.

Any ideas on how to wire this thing?

Thanks!

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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A picture and the colors of the connections you made would be helpful.

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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I dont understand. You say three wires were capped at the ceiling and the previous fan was wired to two other white wires coming in.

If the 3 wires that were capped were not being used in the old set up, why would you introduce them into the new setup?


Determine which wire at the ceiling is switch controlled.

Do you have a meter to measure voltage?

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silly question: when the new fan was wired up the same as the old, you did have that existing fan wall switch in the 'on' position while trying to use the remote, correct?
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