I am attempting to install a ceiling fan in an area that previously had a light fixture. I have installed the support and box. The ceiling has 2 of the old (cloth, both black) wires coming out of it. When I install the fan with the motor and light wires connected to one side, neutral to the other it doesn't work. it has power as I hardwired another light and that works. I also put an extension cord on the fan and plugged it into a wall socket so I know that works as well. as a side note, with fan wired, flipping switch will cause a "crackle" in my surround sound system in the next room over. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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    How do you know which is neutral? The motor may require specific polarity.
    – isherwood
    Mar 16 '16 at 14:10
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    On top of the polarity, The crackle could be a loose or broken wire arcing.
    – Ed Beal
    Mar 16 '16 at 19:35
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    I have to ask - just in case - but does your fan have pull-cord switches - and did you pull one or both of them ... ?
    – brhans
    Mar 16 '16 at 20:41

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