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How to Connect the Wires of a Ceiling Fan

I bought a new ceiling fan and can not figure out the wiring. How do I wire it? Connecting the Wires for a Ceiling Fan Made Easy.

Wiring a Ceiling Fan
Electrical Question: I bought a new ceiling fan and can not figure out the wiring. How do I wire it?

My ceiling fan and light quit all of a sudden. I looked at wiring and couldn’t see anything wrong. I guessed the fan was bad so I bought a new one and took the old one down. Went to install the new one but could not figure out the wiring.

This electrical wiring question came from Dan.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Dan.

Connecting the Wires for a Ceiling Fan

Wiring connections for a ceiling fan may seem overwhelming when wiring to a wall switch for the fan motor and the light fixture, but this should help you out.

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2 Responses to “How to Connect the Wires of a Ceiling Fan”
  1. Wendy says:

    I am replacing a fan in an old house. The new fan has a white, a black, a blue and a green ground. The wires that are coming out of the ceiling are a two white, a single black, and a black and white twisted together. I figured that the white went to white, the black went to black and the black/white went to blue? And then ground somewhere! I am lost help.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Wendy,
      The wiring of the ceiling fan will depend on how many wall switches are used, and if so how the switches have been wired. Please see the detailed ceiling fan wiring diagrams found at the resources provided in this main article, I think they will assist you with wiring your ceiling fan.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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