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Switch Wiring for a Bath Exhaust Fan

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a Single Switch for a Bathroom Exhaust Fan: Understanding Switch Wiring for a Bathroom Exhaust Fan.

Exhaust Fan Switch

Electrical Question: How can I wire a single switch for a bathroom exhaust fan?

This electrical wiring question came from: James, a Homeowner from California.

Additional Comments: Very Helpful

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question James.

Wiring a Switch for a Bath Exhaust Fan


Application: Wiring a Switch for an Exhaust Fan.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, best installed by a licensed electrical contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the  switch wiring.
Precaution: The exhaust fan circuit should be identified, turned OFF and Tagged with a Note before working with the wiring and installing the switch.

Understanding Switch Wiring for a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

James, if you have connected all of the three cable wires color to color, then you have created a dead short at the wall switch for the exhaust fan.

How to Wire a Single Switch for a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

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