Wiring question for ceiling fan

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Old 07-04-16, 07:05 PM
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Wiring question for ceiling fan

I am in the process of trying to install a ceiling fan in my son's room and need some advice.

The fan has a wall control and the instructions state "Warning: Hook up in 'series only' Do not connect the hot and neutral wires of electric circuit to the wall control."

The box on the wall just has one black and one white wire, which I assume are the hot and neutral wires. But, the fan is replacing a light that had a dimmer, so why can't I just wire the wall control for the fan the same way as the dimmer?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Sean
 
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Old 07-04-16, 07:14 PM
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You have what's called a switchloop. The hot is brought down on the white wire and is returned back up on the black wire. In the following diagram.... your dimmer replaces the switch and you have a fan in place of the light.

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Old 07-04-16, 07:14 PM
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The box on the wall just has one black and one white wire, which I assume are the hot and neutral wires.
Wrong assumption. It has a white wire that by code was supposed to be recolored black or red or any color but white, gray or green to indicate it is a hot not a neutral. However remarking is often not done.
 
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