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Old 01-23-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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My ceiling fan in my room will not turn light off on the fan. I have to turn off at the wall switch . Should I run a 3 wire from switch to fan to have a continuos Hotwire

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No, you buy a fan that has two switches on it. Both the fan and the light use the single hot provided. If you currently have a hot, neutral and a ground than that's all you need.

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Yes, you can run 3 wire from switch to fan to have a continuos Hotwire.
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My ceiling fan in my room will not turn light off on the fan. I have to turn off at the wall switch .
Did the fan EVER turn off using the switch at the fan?

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Should I run a 3 wire from switch to fan to have a continuos Hotwire
They're convenient to have but a major PITA to add later...
In any case, no... the reason to 3wire is to have BOTH light and fan switch's by the door.
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... the reason to 3wire is to have BOTH light and fan switch's by the door.
Sometimes it is so you can turn the light off at the wall but still have the fan operable. (like at night)
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Sometimes it is so you can turn the light off at the wall but still have the fan operable. (like at night)
and your point is?
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First, let me say I'm no expert, and have minimal electrical knowledge, but I seem to remember hearing some cities' building codes require the light to be controlled from a switch near the door.
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and your point is?
This is a common situation where the fan is controled soley by the pull chain rather than a switch at the wall. Most common in older homes that are fed at the ceiling box too.
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My ceiling fan will only turn on at the fan switch when the wall switch is on I want to be able to use the fan for either, but it only has a black and white only should a run a three wire w a red wire to do this .
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My ceiling fan will only turn on at the fan switch when the wall switch is on I want to be able to use the fan for either, but it only has a black and white only should a run a three wire w a red wire to do this .
Yes, if that is the easiest thing to do. You need an unswitched hot wire in your ceiling box for the fan.

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