Just purchased a 1940 home with mostly 2 conductor cloth wiring installed. The ceiling fan (reversible w/light) in the bedroom wasn't working so I checked and discovered that it had been disconnected from the house wiring.
I connected the motor and light to the hot (black) and the fan's neutral and ground to the neutral (white). When tested, the light did not work and the fan only runs in reverse. When I switched the fan direction, the motor smoked and I, of course, turned it off.
The question is: should the fan run in both directions wired this way? I'm guessing not, but I plan on replacing the fan and upgrading the wiring. Long term is to rewire the entire house and upgrade to a 200 amp service panel.
Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated. Keith