how do i install ceiling fan to this


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Old 11-04-21, 06:11 PM
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how do i install ceiling fan to this

thank you in advance can someone explain to me ho to install ceiling fan i obviously watched youtube videos but when i removed the ceiling fan that was previously there it has a red wire ? this is old tube wiring btw

what it looked like when i removed ceiling fan
ps the old one was just a fan im replacing with a fan with light if that makes a difference
 
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Old 11-04-21, 06:18 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Very important..... that is not a fan rated electrical box.
It needs larger screws and the box needs to mount solidly.
That box moves now.... correct ?

You have three wires between that box and the switch. The white wire is neutral, the black is typically always live and the red is switched. The red or black can be switched. So in your case.... the red is currently a spare and is not in use. The black and white are probably switch controlled.
 
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Old 11-04-21, 07:03 PM
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thanks for the reply but yes its just in there loosely i was surprised it wasnt mounted but the previous one was pretty stable? do i need to replace this box
 
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Yes...... you need to replace the box.

It looks like a bar box. It would have a bar that would be loosely attached to the ceiling joists.



This video shows some choices..... Raco fan box video
 
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idk if you know what i mean but when i connect the new fixture will it operate the same way? for example its not ran by the switch… it just turned on/off when i pull fan string… will wi still work that way but with the light as well?
 
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Yes..... it will work the same way except now you'll have two strings.
One for the fan and one for the lights.
 
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Old 11-04-21, 08:32 PM
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lol last question… so for the new fixture i’ll connect blk wires together the white wires together and the ground together and just cap off the red ?
 
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No problem.
Yes..... you'll use white and black. Red should have had a cap on it even though it's probably dead.

That cable probably goes to a switch area. It's set up so that you could use two switches to control the fan and light. Good to have for future needs.
 
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Old 11-05-21, 06:35 AM
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ok that makes a lot of sense (this is my living room) when i enter my home there are 2 switches 1 controls the outlets the other controls the front porch but the ceiling fan controls itself….
 
 

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