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My ceiling fan and light is not working right, what should I do to make it work right? How to Connect the Wires to a Ceiling Fan, Ceiling Fan Power and Switches.

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[ad#block] Electrical Question: My ceiling fan and light is not working right, what should I do to make it work right?

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I bought an older home and there is a ceiling fan and light in the living room that is not operating properly. Whoever installed the fan and light either installed it incorrectly or it was wired wrong at the factory. There are 3 wires that come out of the fan, black, white and black & white. The installer wired up an extension cable that plugs into a wall outlet. He hooked up the black extension cable to black fan wire and white extension cable to white fan wire. The black & white wire was dead ended. When the fan is plugged in and the light pull chain is pulled the fan starts to run. The lights do not work. When the pull chain to operate the fan motor is pulled the fans will come on and the fan starts running on fast speed. When I got into the wiring box of the fan it doesn’t look like any of the wires have been tampered with. I don’t have the original instruction sheet so I don’t know if they just hooked it up wrong or if there was just a defective fan.

I would appreciate your input.

Thanks,
Larry

This ceiling fan question came from: Larry, a Homeowner from Clearwater, Florida.

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

How to Connect the Wires to a Ceiling Fan

Application: Ceiling Fan Power and Switches.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
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 ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF andĀ  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Ceiling Fan Power and Switches

Larry from what you have described, there is one source of power to the ceiling fan which is on all the time as long as the extension cable is plugged into the wall outlet.

Ceiling Fan Wiring from a Wall Outlet

In order for the fan motor and the ceiling fan light fixture to work then connections will need to be changed as described below:

Ceiling Fan Pull Chain Operation

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