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Old 09-16-2018, 08:05 AM   #1
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Ceiling fan problem


after wiring up a ceiling fan, to existing wiring, I seem to have no power to the fan. Switches check out ok and have power. Hooked up a trouble light to the ceiling wiring and when testing the switches for power, I accidentally touched the side of the switch with the tester and the trouble light came on. As soon as I take off the tester, there is no power to the ceiling wire. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:35 AM   #2
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You may be dealing with a switch loop. Post a picture of the switch pulled from the box and the wiring in the ceiling box so we can see what you see. Where does the power come in? At the switch or at the ceiling box?
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Hooked up a trouble light to the ceiling wiring and when testing the switches for power, I accidentally touched the side of the switch with the tester and the trouble light came on.
A little confused here.

You connected the trouble light to the ceiling wiring and switches. I take it you mean a voltage tester. You did not indicate if you were getting any voltage at the ceiling wiring.

If it were me, I would troubleshoot in sequence.

Is there power at source side of the switch?
With the switch on, is there voltage on the feed side of the switch?
With the switch on, is there voltage at the wires in the ceiling?

Identifying where there is no voltage will narrow down where the problem could be.
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