Ceiling Fan Wiring

Old 01-06-18, 12:32 PM
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Ceiling Fan Wiring

Hi All,

I am in desperate need of help with the wiring of a fan. When we bought the house the light switch never turned the fan off or on. There is always power to the fan so we have to pull the chain every time to turn it off and since the switch doesn't work. In the picture, the red wire was connected to the top screw of the switch and the two white wires were together with a nut. How show this be wired so that the fan light can operate with the switch?! There is a white, ground, and black coming from the top and a ground, white, black, and red coming from the bottom. Do I need a three way switch?

I've tried every combo I can rightfully thing of including the two whites on the top with the red on the bottom and the blacks nutted together, the red and blacks on the bottom and whites on the top.

Please help! Thank you so much for any advice!

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Old 01-06-18, 12:52 PM
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If that is standard fan wiring....... the two blacks stay where they are. The whites remain capped together and up at the fan you need to use red and white instead of black and white.

The red should be the switched line.
The black should be the always live line.

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