How to Wire a Ceiling Fan in an Older Home


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I am installing a ceiling fan in an old home where there are three wires in the box, how should I connect the wires? How to Connect the Wires Ceiling Fan in an Older Home: The Process for Identifying Wires for a Ceiling Fan.


Connecting Old Electrical Wires to a Ceiling Fan

Electrical Question: I am installing a ceiling fan in an old home where there are three wires in the box, how should I connect the wires?

This old home electric wiring question came from: Chuck, in Brownville, Maine.

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

Wiring a Ceiling Fan in an Older Home

How to Connect the Wires Ceiling Fan in an Older Home

Example: The Process for Identifying Wires for a Ceiling Fan

What to do with a Spare Wire

There are several reasons why there may be a spare wire, including the following:

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