Ceiling Fan: Adding the functionality of a remote to an existing wall switch

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Ceiling Fan: Adding the functionality of a remote to an existing wall switch

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I have a ceiling fan that has a very old remote in a kitchen area. The remote controls the fan speeds as well as a light hanging from the fan. The remote has problems with it & we always misplace it. I could probably replace the remote, but we never use it and would like to add the funtionality of the remote to an existing on-off switch. I have electrical experience and have added / replaced several fans in my life, but I'm a little stumped on this. I'm guessing I would have to run additional wires from the fan to the switch?

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It depends what wires are coming out of the fan. Consider buying a fan without a remote.
 
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This is a little hard to understand. But I think you want to be able to control fan, light, separately from an existing switch?

Yes, you would need to run new cable from switch box to fan box.
Assuming a 15A lighting circuit, you would run #14/3 with ground.

If you're willing to run new cable, someone here can help with the wiring part.

14/3 contains a white neutral, and 2 hot, black and red.
 
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Old 09-23-14, 05:52 PM
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Does the fan have separate light and motor hots (blue and black)?
 
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I'm not sure. I'll have to get up there and take it apart to see.
 
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