My ceiling fan previously operated with a wall switch which controlled the light, and a pull chain which controlled the fan speed independent of the switch. After disconnecting and reconnecting due to loose bracket screws, the light now operates by pull chain only (similar to the fan speed). Oddly, if the wall switch is turned on, the fan hums for a second before the breaker trips.

Wires from the ceiling are white, black, and brown/bare (assume this to be the ground). The fan wires are blue, white, black, and green. I've connected green to green, white to white, and blue & black to black.

What am I missing? Should the light (blue wire) also be connected to the white ceiling wire? Or is there something else I should troubleshoot?

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    Can you spin the fan freely when the fan is switched off? Also, can you post photos of the insides of the boxes? – ThreePhaseEel Oct 27 '16 at 3:23
  • How was it wired previously? Or did the wiring not change? – Tester101 Oct 27 '16 at 9:46
  • How is the switch wired? – mmathis Oct 27 '16 at 15:09
  • If the wiring did not change (it sounds correct). The fan may be bound up as ThreePhaseEel is suggesting. Make sure it turns freely when off. + – Ed Beal Oct 27 '16 at 19:07
  • The fan works just fine without the use of the wall switch - pull chain changes the speed. I assume it's not connected the same way as it was before, but the wiring of the switch or the ceiling did not change. I'll try to post a picture of the "before" connection. – lchristo Oct 28 '16 at 3:23

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