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Wiring a Switch for a Ceiling Fan

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How do I wire a Single Switch for a Ceiling Fan? Wiring a Single Switch for a Ceiling Fan.

Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan

Electrical Question: How do I wire a Single Switch for a Ceiling Fan?

  1. I have a single switch which controls a ceiling fan and a separate receptacle.
  2. I replaced the ceiling fan and am not able to reconfigure the switch wiring.
  3. There were three black wires which were tried together with a fourth then connected to the bottom slot on the switch.
  4. A red wire was attached to the top slot and the green ground wire was connected on the opposite side.
  5. When reassembling in this fashion, the ceiling fan will not shut off when the switch is turned on.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

This electrical repair question came from: Don, a Homeowner from Boynton Beach, Florida.

Additional Comments: Very helpful.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repair question Don.

How to Wire a Single Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan

Application: Ceiling Fan Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the switched outlet wiring and the proposed location for the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the switched outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for a ceiling fan should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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