I want to install a new fan and light assembly. I removed the old one, which on the wall is a hard wired 2 switch, one for the fan and one for the lights. Coming out of the ceiling is a white, black and copper wire. I understand black to black, white to white and green to copper wire. This unit also has a blue wire for lights. Not sure where to attach this blue wire. I tried to put it with the other 2 black wires but that does not work. Any suggestions?

  • How was the old fan wired? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jun 8 '18 at 1:40
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    AS said in other comments a black, white, and bare copper wire at the ceiling box are only enough wires to control one switched circuit. That could be wired fan-only or light-only or fan+light together. If that second switch on the wall is turning on and off a light are you sure it is not controlling a separate light in the room? Another question....Did the old fan have an integrated light that turned on and off with the fan and not separately by itself? Lastly you may want to look closely in the ceiling box to make sure that the there is not a third alternately colored wire that broke off. – Michael Karas Jun 8 '18 at 1:44
  • Scott, please take the tour and either accept an answer, provide and accept an answer of your own, or delete this post. – isherwood May 16 '19 at 16:12

Black and blue from the fan go together

  • Fist turn off the switch. test for power to be off. hook black and blue to the same wire, you don't have 2 switches do you? both fan and light will come on at the same time. 2 switches would mean the blue wire goes to the other switch. – user86528 Jun 8 '18 at 0:16
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    I have two separate switches on the wall. One controls the fan, the other controls the light (can be dimmed). – Scott Jun 8 '18 at 0:25
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    If you tried all the wires either the light is off at the fan pull chain or the second switch does not go to the fan. It should be simple. If you took down the old one, it should be the same wiring, and both switches should work. If the other wires were tied together it means the switch is also controlling something else like an outlet – user86528 Jun 8 '18 at 0:35
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    Is there a red wire by chance? – user86528 Jun 8 '18 at 0:54
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    Lol. I had an electrician check it out. Apparently the old owners jerry rigged it and I’m lucky it did not start a fire. They had tied in the ground copper wire to the white wires. Thanks everybody for you’re input – Scott Jun 8 '18 at 5:38

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