Ceiling Fans and Ground Wires
What To Do When a Ground Wire is Not Available: I am installing a ceiling fan and there is no ground wire from the ceiling to connect to the ground wire on the fan. What should I do with the ground wire from the fan?
What To Do When a Ground Wire is Not Available
[ad#block] I am installing a ceiling fan and there is no ground wire from the ceiling to connect to the ground wire on the fan. What should I do with the ground wire from the fan?
Background: Mike, a Homeowner from Billings,Montana
Thanks for your electrical question Mike.
Installing a Ceiling Fan Where There is No Ground Wire
Mike, if a ground wire is not available then it is best to run a ground wire from another electrical circuit that has a ground wire.
I have provided the following links that lead to fully detailed information on this website that will assist you with your electrical question:
How to Install Ceiling Fans and Wiring
Step-by-step pictures – Easy wiring diagrams and installation guide – Light and fan switch variations.
Electrical Wire for the Home
For more information about Ceiling Fan Wiring
Ceiling Fan Wiring
How to Install Ceiling Fans and Wiring
Take the mystery out of ceiling fan wiring.
Ceiling Fans are a great way to lower your energy bill and brighten up one of your favorite rooms.
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Thanks for the easy to understand directions..Not for myself but for my boyfriend! I have installed several fans at different times.When I asked him to install one, I DONT KNOW HOW..I explained to him how to do it,of course…my word wasnt good enough..I found this website & called him in to watch the video!.Oh..guess you did know what you were talking about!. Thnks! Nelda
Thanks Nelda – Glad to be of assistance.
Unfortunately the “I don’t know how” phrase is sometimes a way to get out of doing something. I’m not saying this is the case with your boyfriend – not at all, but if someone really wants to help someone else and they know how to read then it’s a great opportunity to learn something new and help someone nice. Who knows, it may even bring about a nice rewarding dinner or a batch of cookies.
Enjoy your Ceiling Fan.