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Help with Ceiling Fan Wiring

How to Install and Make the Electrical Wiring Connections for Ceiling Fans and Switches

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[ad#block]Question: I am installing a Ceiling Fan. There are 4 wires coming out from ceiling but there are only 3 wires with the fan/light fixture. There are 2 different switches on the wall. one for the fan and the other for the light.
I do not know which wire goes with what.

This electrical question came from: Lisa, a Homeowner from Vandalia, Ohio.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical question Lisa.

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4 Responses to “Help with Ceiling Fan Wiring”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Ron,
    The black and white wires of the remote control module power source should be wired to the black and white wires of the ceiling fan, color to color, and the blue wire should be capped off using a wire nut. This wiring configuration will bypass the wall switch, which would prevent the remote module from not working if the wall switch was in the off position. If you would like to have the wall switch control the remote module then the blue wire would connect to the black wire of the control module and the black wire would be capped off. Please see the wiring diagrams as provided in the Ceiling Fan section of the website as described in this article.
    I hope this helps,

  2. Ron Wood says:

    Yes Dave the receptacle the fan and light are connected to is controlled by a wall switch. When that switch is off there is no power to the fan and light. I have the blue wire connected to the white wires from the ceiling and receiver and when I turn on the wall switch it kicks off the breaker. I thought maybe the blue wire should be connected with the black wires from the ceiling and Receiver. If I cap off the blue wire don’t think there will be power to fan. any suggestions? Thanks, Ron

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Ron,
    The blue wire in the ceiling is most likely controlled by a wall switch, therefore it would be used for the ceiling fan light when a remote control is not installed with the ceiling fan. A tester may be used to identify the blue wire and wall switch control for positive identification. With this installation, if a remote control will be used exclusively for the ceiling fan motor and light fixture then a wall switch is not necessary, and the blue wire in the ceiling may be capped off using a wire connector.
    I hope this helps you Ron, Thanks for sharing your project with us,

  4. Ron Wood says:

    I’m installing a Hunter Ceiling Fan Fairhaven Model 22550. I Have 3 wires coming from ceiling, white, black and blue. There is no blue wire from the fan, but it does have a white, black and a black wire with white stripe from fan. The wires from ceiling connect to a receiver for a remote control, but there is no mention as to what to do with the blue wire from the ceiling. I know it is a hot wire as I put a tester to it and the light came on in the tester. Please advise what to do with this blue wire from ceiling.