Bought a vent fan that came with 3 wires, but homes here are only 2 wires (not sure which but no ground). What to do with the extra neutral wire? Should i cut it or twist it with the other two??

  • What is the make and model of the fan? – Tester101 May 25 '17 at 18:00
  • Are you sure there isn't a ground wire inside the junction box, even if only a hot and neutral are connected to outlets? Is the junction box metal with the wiring fed through metal conduit or is it plastic? – fixer1234 May 25 '17 at 18:03
  • There should be a hot, a neutral, and a ground. Don't tie ground to anything but a proper ground. – Harper - Reinstate Monica May 25 '17 at 18:27
  • the country im in dont do the ground. there is nothing of that sort here. – Altoban May 25 '17 at 21:34

Disclosure: I'm not an electrician, but I know a few and do my own electrical work to be inspected by more qualified people.

Generally in the manual for such appliances they advise grounding the green wire to the electrical box you would be installing the fan in.

This doesn't really gain much of the benefit of having a ground wire available, as it most likely will not be running to a proper ground. Regardless, in older houses where ground wiring isn't available most of the time (mine is like this) that's the best you can do.

That said, you may want to consider if possible replacing an upstream outlet near this device with a gfci outlet. It doesn't require a ground wire, but you can set up ground fault protection for this device without it. I've been told that is one way to get grounded (eg. 3 prong) outlets in a house with older wiring. You would have a circuitbreaker -> gfci -> 3 prong outlet configuration. Then the 3 prong outlet is protected by the gfci.

This might be useful reading as well: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/replacing-two-prong-receptacles

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