I'm connecting a new evaporation cooler to an existing 6 position wall dial using the existing wiring. The idiot owner who wired the original cooler put in 12/2 Romex, intead of 12/3 for the motor (the pump also has 12/2 Romex, and that is wired and working).
Coming out of the motor is a Red(Lo), Black(hi), White(Com) and Green(Ground).
Coming out of the switch is a black(hi), White(com) and green(Ground). The Red(lo) isn't connected.
I'm ok-ish with having the cooler only work on one setting (hi), so I wired the black to black, white to white, and ground to ground, and capped the Red.
Tried the switch, and the motor isn't turning on at any of the settings.
Do I have to run a new 12/3 Romex and connect the red, or, in theory, should this work? I'm not excited about fishing wires down from the roof if I can avoid it.
The other idea I had, is to combine the red (lo) and Black(hi) into one connector, and connect that to the black house wire, but I'm worried that tI'm going to overload the motor.
It's possible there is something else going on (it's an old house and old wiring). I just want to make sure this is likely not the problem before I start looking at other things, or pay to get an electrician in.