Red Wire for Ceiling Fan Wiring
The old fan was connected to a ground, a neutral, a hot, and a fourth red wire that I presume is an additional hot…
Electrical Question from Dave about Ceiling Fan Wiring
Background: Dave, a Homeowner from Madison Wisconsin
Question: I’m replacing an old ceiling fan. The new fan calls for a ground wire, a neutral wire, and a hot wire. The old fan was connected to a ground, a neutral, a hot, and a fourth red wire that I presume is an additional hot. Neither the old nor the new fan has a light. My question is what do I do with the extra hot wire in the ceiling?
Thanks for your electrical question Dave. A red wire up in the ceiling fan junction box usually indicates that the wiring has been installed which provides separate switch for the light and a separate switch for the fan motor. If your ceiling fan does not have a light fixture, then simply cap off the red wire and attach the fan motor to the black wire.
The Following links will assist you with your electrical question:
For more information about Ceiling Fan Wiring
Ceiling Fan Wiring
This link is helpful as a Homeowner
Make sure not to miss these Resources for: How-To-Videos
Be Careful and Be Safe – Never Work on Energized Circuits!
For Best Results Consult a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Locate An Electrical Contractor in Your Area
|« Identifying Causes of GFI Outlet Problems||Installing Underground Electrical Wiring »|
Browse other questions in the following categories:
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.