Can't figure out how to put it back together


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Old 09-30-15, 01:37 PM
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Question Can't figure out how to put it back together

Early 90's ceiling fan with no idiot proof connectors.

Took off the light kit thinking we would replace it with something different. Decided to get smaller bulbs instead (had really bright halogen bulbs in it).

The light unit has 2 wires - one black and one white.

There is power to the fan.

In the fan body itself there are 3 loose blue wires, one loose yellow wire and one white wire.

With the fan switch in the off position one blue wire is hot, the yellow wire is cold and the other 2 blue wires are cold. When I pull the switch for the first speed of the fan the one blue wire that was hot is now cold, the yellow wire is hot and the other 2 blue wires are cold but the fan does not move. When I go to the second speed all 4 wires read cold and the fan does not move. When I pull the switch for the third speed the fan runs on high and the blue and yellow wires are all cold.

Also, I am not sure exactly how to hook the light back up without something being hot all of the time.

Any suggestions? I know enough about wiring to wire my own house but this one has me confused.

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Old 09-30-15, 02:19 PM
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Did you only disassemble the light kit or did you remove the entire fixture from the ceiling?
 
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Old 09-30-15, 04:34 PM
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I only took off the light kit. The fan and the receiver for the light kit is still on the ceiling.
 
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Old 09-30-15, 04:42 PM
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It sounds like you disconnected the capacitor. There should be two switches..... one for the fan and one for the light. Changing the fan pull switch should not affect the light wires.
 
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Old 09-30-15, 04:45 PM
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No - the capacitor is still connected. I didn't disconnect the fan switch. The fan pull chain is still intact but will only work on the high speed. I am figuring it is because of all of the other wires that I can't figure out where go.
 
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Old 09-30-15, 04:51 PM
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If the light kit has two wires on it (as it should) how did you end up with five wires ?
 
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Are you trying to reinstall the light light kit without making any changes, to the fixture? When you disassemble something like that, the best thing to do is to make a drawing, of all the connections.
 
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Old 09-30-15, 05:01 PM
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Because they were all in there.

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This photo shows the 3 blue wires, the yellow one and the white.

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This photo shows the light attachment with just the white and the black wire.

Maybe these will help.
 
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Old 09-30-15, 05:04 PM
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Yeah we should have done that but this one time out of ten I didn't. I didn't think this would be such an issue.
 
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I see a purple wire & a brown wire which you didn't mention. You have to figure out what controls what speed. It will take some time but if you make notes as you go, you should find it.
 
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The speed control capacitor is disconnected. If those wires were bare, the fan is dangerous.

The black and whit wires should go to the light kit.
 
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Old 10-13-15, 06:15 PM
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No, the blue and white go to the light fixture in normal situations.
 
 

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