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Old 08-25-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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I cannot seem to get my ceiling fan wired correctly so the light and fan will work. So far I have not been able to get either to work. This is a non-switched outlet that has a red, black, and white wire and a bare ground wire. My new fan has a blue, white, black wire and then two ground wires. One ground is on the fan base and one on the fan chassis. So far every connection I have tried does not work. The main connection I tried was blue to red, black to black, white to white and both grounds attached to the bare ground wire. The old fan was connected this way but it only had one ground. I tested the fan on a light outlet from another room and it worked. I used the light I removed from the other room to try to test the fan outlet and it did not work. I used a 110/220 tester on the fan outlet and it did light up as the red and black wires are hot. Do I just not have something connected correctly or is this something I should have an electrician look at? What can I use to test the outlet to make sure the current is strong enough?
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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This is a non-switched outlet
The old fan/light had no switch?

Double check it.

Is it stock wiring?

Typically in newer construction there would be 2 switches. One for the fan (black) and one for the red (light).


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The main connection I tried was blue to red, black to black, white to white and both grounds attached to the bare ground wire
This sounds correct. Black is fan, blue is light, white is neutral.

1. Make sure your reverse switch is fully switched one way or the other.

2. Test black to ground (bare) with your tester.

3. Test black to neutral (white) with your tester.

4. Repeat with red.

Check breaker or GFCI receptacle for trip. You may have tripped a GFCI with your tester.
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There was no switch on the old fan. The connection was a constant on controlled by the chains. I tested all wiring and got a light when red or black were connected to the ground or white. I did not get a light on red to black or ground to white. The breaker controls the entire bedroom so when it is off I get no light on the wiring.
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Hard to say with the tester you are using. You might be getting just enough voltage to light the tester.

Hook up the old light fixture with a good bulb to the black and white, then the red/white
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I actually tried that and it didn't work. Sounds like I need an electrician.
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Before you call....

Check breaker or GFCI receptacle for trip. You may have tripped a GFCI with your tester.

Try resetting the breaker (off/on) a couple of times.
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Hard to say with the tester you are using. You might be getting just enough voltage to light the tester.
I agree. Test with voltmeter.

Blk to wht ~120V Blk to gnd ~120V
Red to wht ~120V Red to gnd ~120V
Wht to gnd ~0V
Blk to Red: should be ~240V if wired correctly at 2 pole breaker
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