Ceiling Fan Wall Switch Wiring

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Ceiling Fan Wall Switch Wiring

I have a question regarding the wiring of the 2 wall switches. I have only 1 black hot wire to serve both the light switch and the 2 way switch for the fan. So I ran another black wire connecting the two switches hot connections. The light and the fan all work but there is a an annoying humming noise. I am curious if this has anything to do with it? I am not sure how else you could wire it.

The Fan is brand new and appears to work well.
 
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Old 01-29-15, 04:42 PM
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Is this the same fan? http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...ml#post2380055

We try to keep the same line going in one thread without starting new ones. Moderators may merge these threads, so heads up.
 
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Is your 2 switches at the same box or different locations?
 
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Same Box. There are 2 switches in the box.
 
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Try taking out the speed switch and just wire the single pole switch to the fan. Sometimes the rheostat in a dimmer or speed switch can cause humming noise.
 
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I have tried both a speed control switch and a 2 way switch. Same result with the humming noise.

I also tried installing two separate fans, as I took the first fan back to the store because I thought it was a motor issue. But the second fan has the same problem. So I'm really confused on what the problem is. Its a relatively newly wired house.

I'm thinking it has to be with the wiring.
 
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Are you able to take a picture of your switch wiring?
 
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I have two leviton 2 ways switches.

The switch that controls the light has a red on the bottom, black on the top.
The switch that controls the fan has the black from the Fan on the bottom.
A wire connecting the switch that controls the light to the hot (top) of the fan hot switch on top.

There is only 1 black wire coming into this outlet box, That is why the two switches are sharing the same hot. I am not sure if that is normal.
 
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JD,
I am fairly good at wiring and I have a dining room fan that hums. I don't know why I never replaced it. It looks nice and the hum is low. It sounds like your wiring is correct and you may want to go to a different brand of fan.
 
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Is this what you mean?

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Thanks for the cool diagram. Wow.

I have the pink and black wires on the light switch (left switch in diagram) reversed on my switch.
The pink on the bottom and black on the top.
 
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This is the only thread running on your fan problem as having two running at the same time in different forums causes a lot of confusion. There wasn't much additional information in the other thread so I didn't merge them.
 
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Sorry i had a sloppy drawing. Lol Yeah, I read your post wrong, red on bottom of the switch but electrically it'll still work properly. If you wired your fan and switches as that drawing, the only problem I can think of is the fan itself unless you're not getting 120v.
 
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Just curious. If I check the voltage. And I find out I am not getting 120V. How is that problem resolved to get more voltage?

This is the 2nd Fan I am having this issue with. as I took the first one back as I thought there was a problem with the motor. Turns out there was nothing wrong with either one of them.

Thanks for your help
 
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By the way you were explaining the situation, I don't really think you have an issue with the 120v. But if you did, ouch, you'll have to check everything that's on that circuit. I don't recommend you working on live circuits.

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If you can tell me the exact wire you see in the switch box and the fan box excluding the wires connecting to switches and wires from the fan, I can go into detail tomorrow morning.
 
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The Switch Box has:

1 Back to Fan
1 Black Hot
1 Red

The Fan Box

1 Black
1 Red
1 White
1 Copper

I would like to keep it to two switches operating the fan and light switch.
I want to avoid having to pull chains as much as possible.
 
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