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I just purchased a new bathroom fan/light with a 110 CFM fan, a Broan AER110SLW. I had a 50 CFM fan/light but it wasn’t powerful enough and was having mold issues on the ceiling. The problem is the new comes with a humidity sensor.

I have 2 three way switches. The power comes up on a 2 wire (black/white/ground) to one switch box (box A, bathroom). There’s a 3 wire (black/white/red/ground) going to the other switch box(box B, hallway). There’s an existing 2 wire going up from box A to fan/light and I just ran a new 3 wire from the power feed box A to the fan/light. How can I put constant power on the humidity sensor and have the fan/light come on together from the 2 three way switch locations? The new unit has a black, white, brown, gray and a ground.

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    Why are you mentioning "outlets"? Are you referring to the 3-way switch boxes?
    – nobody
    Apr 28, 2023 at 0:13
  • Yes I meant switch boxes. I just corrected it. Thank you!
    – Eric B
    Apr 28, 2023 at 3:32

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Caveat: According to 2020 NEC, switch boxes in many living areas must have a neutral wire available in the box. Your box B does not (it only has hot and the traveler wires), but may be grandfathered in.

The online manual for this unit shows two sample wiring options:

From this, we can determine that the fan unit wires are as follows:

White - neutral (unswitched)

Ground - ground (unswitched)

Brown - auto humidity control (connect to hot to activate)

Grey - fan override (connect to hot to force fan on)

Black - LED light (connect to hot to turn on light)

Seems like you would connect your switched hot (output from the 2 3-way switches) to black and to grey (all 3 together) and an unswitched hot to the brown.

So, you need to run to the fan a white unswitched neutral, a ground, a black unswitched hot, and a wire that is the switched hot from your downstream 3 way switch.

It would be nice, though, to have some way to depower the hot to the humidity sensor without having to climb up and access the fan unit - perhaps add a separate humidity sensor single pole shutoff switch at switch boxe A?

Sample Diagrams From Manual: enter image description here

Edit: Proposed solution

There are two parts: switching the LED light/fan and supplying power to the humidity sensor.

Part 1: LED light/fan switching:

I found this diagram (annotation added by me) at MikeHolt.com showing how your light/fan switching should work. As noted above, your black switched hot should be connected to both black and gray on your light/fan.

Part 2: unswitched hot for humidity sensor:

Brown on light/fan should be connected to unswitched hot from box A

Pulling it all together for your wiring:

(Note: some connections in box A and light/fan are 3-wire connections)

  1. Ignore/disconnect/cap off your current 2-conductor black/white/ground wires running from box A to light/fan
  2. Make sure existing 3-conductor black/red/white/ground running from box A to box B is connected as shown in Mikeholt.com diagram to switch hot (black) with red and red-taped (important!) wires as the 2 travelers: Its black at box A is connected to incoming black hot; its black at box B is connected to 3rd terminal on 3-way switch; Its red and red-taped white at boxes A and B are connected to terminals 1 and 2 on both switches (travelers).
  3. Connect new 3-conductor black/red/white/ground running from box A to light/fan as follows: its black wire is connected to 3rd terminal on box A 3-way switch (switched hot); its black wire at light/fan is connected to both black and gray of light/fan; its white wire at box A is connected to incoming white neutral; its white wire at light/fan is connected to white wire there; its red wire at box A is connected to incoming black hot; its red wire at light/fan (unswitched hot) is connected to brown wire there to power humidity function.
  4. Grounds are connected together AND to metal boxes at all locations as standard wiring practice.

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  • Ok I see that but do I need the 2 wire going up to the fan/light. Or can I use just the 2 3 wires?
    – Eric B
    Apr 28, 2023 at 4:07
  • @EricB Please post a diagram of the various wiring and boxes - I'm a bit confused on what is where.
    – Armand
    Apr 28, 2023 at 4:08
  • I posted the power box which is in the bathroom. There’s a 2 wire bringing power up. A 3 wire going to the switch box in the hallway. A 2 wire that was going up to the old fan and the blue 3 wire I ran up to the fan/light.
    – Eric B
    Apr 28, 2023 at 4:14
  • @I don't see any diagram or photo yet. If you could just name the boxes and fan unit (eg A B C etc) and indicate which wires go into each box and out of each box.
    – Armand
    Apr 28, 2023 at 4:27
  • Box A(Bathroom)- 2 wire feed, 3 way switch, 3 wire going to box B, 2 wire going up to fan/light, 3 wire I just ran to fan/light. Box B(Hallway)- 3 wire coming from box A directly hooked up to a 3 way switch. Box C(Fan/Light)- 3 wire coming from box A and a 2 wire coming from box A. I just need to know how to hook the wires up. Thank you for trying to help.
    – Eric B
    Apr 28, 2023 at 6:44

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