ceiling fan wiring,fan won'

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Old 05-01-03, 01:00 AM
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ceiling fan wiring,fan won'

I am in the process of installing a ceiling fan. I thought I had connected all of the wires according to the instructions. But now the light attachment works but the fan won't rotate. What could be the problem? There were three wires coming out of the electrical box-a red, white, and black. I connected all the wires except the red. Also the fans blades haven't been installed yet. I thought it best to test the fan first.
It's geeting warm in my area, so all help will be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 05-01-03, 10:05 AM
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Is this a new ceiling box, or an exisiting one?? What was there before?? The presence of the red wire indicates that it is connected to some type of switch. The black is bringing power to the box(fan). Typically, the blue wire of the fan is connected to the light and the black is for fan power.

Is there a switch controlling the fan, or do you pull the chain for both light and switch. If you have a switch...hook up as such:

White to white..
Black from power to black of fan
Red from power to blue of fan

Good luck....
 
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Old 05-01-03, 06:29 PM
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dimc2828, before you get too far, pull the fan's chain once to see if that makes it come on.

If that doesn't work, you need to tell us what you connected to what if you want to give us a reasonable chance to spot your mistake. Also answer Jason's questions about what was there before (if anything) and what switches are on the wall. Finally, tell us what brand the fan is.
 
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Old 05-03-03, 05:15 AM
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A light fixture was connected to this ceiling box. There are two switches that control this ceiling box. One switch is connected to a red wire and the other is connected to a black wire. When I removed the old light fixture the red wire in the ceiling box was capped(not connected).
I didn't mention that when I turned on the power to test the fan, there was a "popping" sound. The HUNTER tech., I phoned, believed that the fan's remote control receiver had been damaged.
I guess my question is what wires do I need to connect in order to make this fan function (Hunter fan is mailing me a replacement for the blown receiver)? The fan's instructions seem pretty straightforward. I'm puzzled as to why the fan did not work after I connected all the wire according to the instructions. I don't think I should need an electrician just to hang a ceiling fan.
 
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Old 05-03-03, 07:14 AM
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You should have mentioned the switches before....then we could have solved it right away....

Leave the switches exactly the way they are wired....

In the ceiling box, connect:
White to white
Black of power to black of fan
Red of power to blue of fan

This will allow you to control the light with one switch and the fan speed with another. You may want to skip the remote control and buy a speed control for the wall. Then you can adjust the speed next to the light switch. Just remember to have both pull chains in the on position before using wall switches. If you don't know which one that is, throw the switch and pull the chain until fan lights/spins. Let us know how you do....
 
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Old 05-03-03, 09:12 AM
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I'm going to have to give you ten lashes with a wet noodle for not mentioning the remote control in your original post.

Jason gave you the directions for abandoning the remote control, which is feasible if you didn't really want it in the first place, or if you need a temporary solution before the new remote receiver arrives.

I'm going to assume you really want the remote control. In this case, you will still leave the red wire capped and wire the remote and fan as given by the remote control instructions. The black and white from the ceiling will connect to the input side of the remote receiver (where there are only two wires), and the fan will connect to the output side of the receiver (where there are three wires).

You still didn't tell us what you connected to what, but if you did what I just described, then perhaps you just got a defective receiver the first time.
 
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