Wiring question about adding a ceiling fan?


Old 01-09-14, 08:56 AM
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Wiring question about adding a ceiling fan?

I want to add a ceiling fan (without lights) in my garage. I don't need a wall switch, but will just use the pull chain switch on the fan.

The electric garage door opener is mounted near where I want to hang the fan, and from the attic I can see that the ceiling mounted outlet that serves the opener is on its own circuit. I confirmed this by flipping breakers.

The opener outlet is wired with yellow sheathed (12 gauge?) that runs to a 20amp breaker.

The opener is rated 6amp and the fan 8amp.

Should I simply run a few more feet of 12 gauge to the fan box and wire it in line to the opener outlet?

I've replaced many fixtures, but never added a new fixture and just don't want to overload anything.

Thanks for any feedback!
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Old 01-09-14, 09:08 AM
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Should not be a problem with that light a load.
Old 01-09-14, 09:09 AM
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You can extend the circuit without fear of overload. Depending on whether you are under 2008 code or not, the circuit should be GFCI protected.
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