Wiring a Switch for a Ceiling Fan
Don in Florida asks: How do I wire a Single Switch for a Ceiling Fan? Wiring a Single Switch for a Ceiling Fan.
Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan
Electrical Question: How do I wire a Single Switch for a Ceiling Fan?
- I have a single switch which controls a ceiling fan and a separate receptacle.
- I replaced the ceiling fan and am not able to reconfigure the switch wiring.
- There were three black wires which were tried together with a fourth then connected to the bottom slot on the switch.
- A red wire was attached to the top slot and the green ground wire was connected on the opposite side.
- When reassembling in this fashion, the ceiling fan will not shut off when the switch is turned on.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
This electrical repair question came from: Don, a Homeowner from Boynton Beach, Florida.
Additional Comments: Very helpful.
Thanks for your electrical repair question Don.
How to Wire a Single Switch Wiring for a Ceiling Fan
Application: Ceiling Fan Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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 switched outlet wiring and the proposed location for the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the switched outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for a ceiling fan should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Wiring a Switch for a Ceiling Fan
- Don, the ceiling fan is running all the time because it is not wired through the switch, so it sounds like you are switching the power to the receptacle only.
- The three black wires will need to be identified for their function.
- Typically you will discover the incoming power cable, the out going power cable and the switched leg cable going to the ceiling fan and receptacle.
- Identifying wiring is best performed by carefully using a voltage tester or a continuity meter.
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