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Wiring a Ceiling Fan In An Older Home

What is the best way to wire the ceiling fan from an outlet? The current wiring is set up to a switch to power all the outlets.

 

Wiring a Ceiling Fan For An Older Home
Question: What is the best way to wire the ceiling fan from an outlet?

I am installing a ceiling fan with no wiring to the ceiling. My house was built in 1955. The current wiring is to turn the on off switch to power all the outlets, this is a pain for alarm alarm clocks taped the on off switch to ON! What is the best way to wire the ceiling fan, and keep the outlet on all the time, or will I have to wire it without a switch? Have to go up in the attic to run the wires for ceiling fan down to where the on off switch is? Hopefully I won’t have to tear up to much drywall to run the wiring. Any help would be great, Thanks!

This question came from Kelly, a Handyman from Mason, Michigan.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Kelly.
I have provided the following links that lead to fully detailed information on this website that will assist you with your electrical question:

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2 Responses to “Wiring a Ceiling Fan In An Older Home”
  1. baban says:

    There were lightning strikes to my home which caused the ceiling fan to stop working. How can I repair this fan by myself?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Baban,
      The ceiling fan will have to be inspected for damage to the electrical wiring and all of the components. Unfortunately, lightning strikes can cause permanent damage to internal electrical wires and motor windings of a ceiling fan. If this is discovered by the inspection then the ceiling fan should be replaced. If lightning strikes are common in your area then you may consider installing lightening suppression and surge suppression as part of the electrical system.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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