I have a Harbor Breeze fan where the light switch only controls turning the fan on and off. You have to pull the chain to turn the light on. Both pull chains work fine. There is no remote control.

What is wrong? Is the wiring wrong? Could the wrong black wire be connected to the blue and the wrong black to black?

ceiling wires ceiling wires pic 2

  • Do I need to drop bracket? – Connie Fields Barnes Johnson Dec 25 '16 at 1:22
  • That would help, yes – ThreePhaseEel Dec 25 '16 at 2:28
  • So how are you wanting it to work? Will the wall switch control the fan AND light, or are you wanting the wall switch to control the light, then pull chain control for the fan? – Tyson Dec 25 '16 at 3:07
  • Just need wall switch to control light if thats the easier. – Connie Fields Barnes Johnson Dec 25 '16 at 3:20
  • Im thinking the wrong black is connected to the blue. Is that possibly the case? – Connie Fields Barnes Johnson Dec 25 '16 at 3:22

Answer:. Now fixed. Tan and white were neutral wires ( hooked together correctly) The blue wire (light hot wire) from fan was not hooked to hot wire coming out of box. Just disconnected small black wire from blue (capped it off) then connected blue wire to the black coming from ceiling. Now light and fan can be controlled by switch or pull chains!!!

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If the fan is replacing a previous ceiling light, the situation you describe is the best you can expect.

The wall switch has sent, and still sends, power to the ceiling fixture when ON. The wall switch can't know that there are now two devices, fan and lights, potentially connected to that power.

It's up to the fan/light to decide where the power goes, based on the pull chains operation.

That's why some fans come with a remote control, to send power and routing information to the fan/light unit.

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