My ceiling fan and light will only work with the chain and not the switch. When I tested the wires with the switch off one still came back hot. My house is a very old house. A picture is posted, as I’m so lost on what to do. Please help!!! enter image description here

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  • Has it always been like this or is this a new problem?
    – JACK
    Apr 26 at 1:27
  • Can you post photos of the inside of the switch box in question please? Apr 26 at 1:33
  • The old fan that was in there seemed to work fine, but when I hooked the new one up it hasn’t worked. Apr 26 at 2:05
  • Can you get rid of that electrical tape and include a clearer picture? Is there a stamp on the ceiling box that says it's rated for a ceiling fan?
    – JACK
    Apr 26 at 2:22
  • No there’s not, but the ceiling fan worked fine last time? I’ll post a picture without the tape. Apr 26 at 2:27

It looks like you have a switch loop so you need to take your always hot black wire and connect it to the white wire with the black markings (can you read the markings). Put some black tape on that white wire to show it's always hot. Hook your fan up to the remaining two wires. Put some black tape on the white wire at the switch box too. Leave the ground from the fan unhooked since you don't have ground there.

Now for the bad news. I doubt that that ceiling box it rated for a ceiling fan and it needs to be changed out. While the box could be firmly mounted to the joists, the threads and screws you use to attach the fan to the box are not strong enough. If you have attic access, changing out the box won't be too bad but if you don't, You might have to remove some of the ceiling to replace the box.

  • Okay, so I should hook the black and blue wire to the other black wire and the white wire to the old white wire, correct? Apr 26 at 16:05
  • That is correct.
    – JACK
    Apr 26 at 16:10
  • Okay, thank you! I will try that! Apr 26 at 16:37

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