Now, my current range hood exhaust fan motor has 3 wires coming from the harness, a red wire, a white wire and a black wire. The NEW motor only has 2 black wires coming off of it- how do I hook it up?

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The old motor had two hot wires in addition to the white (neutral) so that the SPDT switch could select high or low speed. The new motor is one-speed, though you could replace the switch with a variable speed fan control if you want to adjust the speed and noise level. N.B. The link is just for illustration, that particular control might or might not be suitable.

If you don't mind a one-speed fan., then simply wire one or both switch wires to one black motor lead and the other black motor lead goes to the white (neutral) wire. If you connect both, there will be two ON positions and one OFF, but if you connect the wire for the middle position and cap the other lead, then there would be two OFF settings and one for ON.

  • it might be a variable speed fan with an electronic speed controller in the hood assembly, I've been seeing those now.
    – JRaef
    Commented Apr 18, 2019 at 23:11
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    Not if he's only replacing the motor. Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 0:39

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