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Low voltage ceiling fan wiring

I removed a HUNTER ceiling fan in my condo apartment. The fan wiring is preexisting. I discovered that the fan is powered by 18-gauge wire and measures about 50 volts. I then checked other working ...
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Why is my 3-speed fan only working at 2 speeds after replacing parts?

I have a 3 speed ceiling fan with a wall switch. I mostly use the middle speed throughout the day and at night (I'm always hot). I had a brief power surge last weekend and the fan would only work on ...
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Two fans on a single switch... run slow?

I recorded a video… in this video it shows 3 fans. These are Hunter Gallegos AC fans, and have no pull chains. The speeds are operated completely by Inovelli VZM35-SN wall switches. The switches are ...
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How do I replace a ceiling fan with pull switch for lights and wall knob for fan

The ceiling/fan had a pull switch and a wall fan on/off knob to adjust speed. I want to put up pendant lights and put a wall switch in.
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How can I quiet my very loud bathroom fan?

We have gotten attic rain the last 4 years. This was due to the bathroom fan not being air tight, weak/old fan, and having -30c temperature freezing the humid air and then melting in spring. This ...
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Bypass remote control and connect harbor breeze to wall switch with fan speed and light control

I had to replace my patio ceiling fan. The replacement unit came with a remote control, which I did not notice until installation time. I installed a wall switch for the previous fan which controlled:...
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Ceiling box has 2 black and white wires 1 ground 1 red

Ceiling box has 2 black and white wires 1 ground 1 red. two white and black is carrying power to another point. I am replacing fan with new remote fan. fan has only white and black and controller ...
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How do I upgrade this light fixture?

I would like to improve the lighting in the living room but found that the fixture for the ceiling fan is inadequate (two E-12 bases). I was looking into replacing it but it seems more complicated ...
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Modifying ceiling fan switch for independent fan/light control -- Is it acceptable to run 14/3 alongside existing 14/2?

I'm looking at modifying an existing fan installation setup that is wired in the typical 1980s builder-grade way: The power enters and leaves at the ceiling box, and there is a 14/2 switch loop with ...
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Hunter fan/light remote in parallel with wall switch

I have a Hunter Dempsey fan/light with remote controller connected to a wall switch via 3-wire cable (black, white, and bare copper). I assume that installing it the way manual tells me to ((ceiling) ...
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Is my ceiling box sufficiently grounded?

I just installed a new (ceiling fan rated) metal ceiling box (something like this) and a new ceiling fan. After completing everything, I just remembered that I forgot to explicitly ground the ceiling ...
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Replacing a ceiling fan where old fan and box have extra white wire

I am replacing an old ceiling fan (with light) installed by the previous owners. When I removed the old unit, I noticed that both the ceiling box and the old fan had an extra white wire that I wasn't ...
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Replacing a 3 speed ceiling fan pull switch with another 3 speed fan switch

The old switch was a "Defond E 72989" the one I bought was a Harbor Breeze 3 speed fan switch 0033905, now the fan will not come on at all. HELP It has a 3 wire capacitor.
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New ceiling fan with remote wiring

Old ceiling fan with light, no remote. Wires at ceiling are red (power), black (power), white (neutral) & gnd. Old fan had one white, two blue and gnd. All wires were connected. Black and red were ...
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How should I fix a thrumming fan? Issue relates to fan housing

I have a 3 year old Hunter-brand ceiling fan in my master bedroom. There is a thrumming sound (best described as a rhythmic buzz that happens with the same frequency of the blades). I have ascertained ...
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Question regarding the additional hot wire

I installed a ceiling fan recently and it required me to use black (hot), white (neutral) and ground wire. The rough-in had an additional hot wire (red) which was left unused because the fan had ...
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Smart switch mess. Ceiling Fan/ light

I was hoping maybe i can get some help. I recently moved to a new place. So i been doing alot of DYI and need help with this one. I changed our old fan to a new one but now the new one doesnt turn on.....
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Hampton Bay 52" Nevali ceiling fan w/hubspace and remote, LED light package flickers or cuts on and off randomly

I recently installed Hampton Bay 52" Nevali ceiling fans in 5 bedrooms. The fan has a remote and uses hubspace for smart features. The light is an LED kit that can dim or adjust color. The ...
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1 of 4 lights damaged on a ceiling fan

My ceiling fan has 4 lights. One of them popped last night and the glass came off but the screw part was still in there. I tried to remove it but ended up damaging the fixtures screw in part (real bad)...
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Severe degradation of insulation on newly-exposed ceiling fixture wires. How to proceed?

https://imgur.com/a/erIn0vd After removing fixture from ceiling: I was hoping to install a ceiling fan where a light fixture is. Now that it has been opened, I will hire an electrician to install it. ...
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Ceiling fan screws don’t match junction box

I have an older MinkaAire fan I’m trying to install. The instructions say “Use the two 8-32x3/4" screws”. The junction box says “Mount fan to posts with #10-24 screws”. Is the fan just using an ...
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Control a double light switch (hallway light & ceiling fan) with remote device so I can cover the existing switch?

In my 45 yr old apartment I have a double light switch which controls the overhead hallway light and the dining room ceiling fan. Is there any remote device that will allow me to cover the switch ...
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Which old work ceiling box?

I need to replace the ceiling box for a light (old work). The issue is that it is an old home with lath and plaster ceiling and drywall added later on top. The hole is right next to a beam. It looks ...
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Do cables need to be secured in a framed cavity?

I’m installing two new ceiling fans below an existing ceiling that cannot be disturbed because it’s decorative, so I’m framing a new drop ceiling cavity consisting of 2x4s to run 14/3 cable and set ...
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Remote control ceiling fan won’t turn on

I installed a Home Decorators Kensgrove 64 in. LED Espresso Bronze Ceiling Fan w/Remote. Followed all instructions for pairing the remote to the fan. Installed brand new batteries in remote. When ...
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Installing a new ceiling fan to old wiring

What I found… In the junction box in the ceiling there were two white wires (twisted tightly together) capped together with one white wire from the light fixture. It looked pretty crowded in that cap. ...
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What's the intermittent non-electrical buzzing sound my ceiling fan just started?

I switched the direction of my ceiling fan tonight and now it's making an intermittent zipping/buzzing sound. Here's some troubleshooting info: -This isn't the first time I've switched the fan ...
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Both the light and fan switch turn on the fan. Neither turns on the light

We bought a house that has a Casablanca W-32 fan switch and a Kichler fan. Both the fan and light button on the switch turn on the fan only. Nothing turns on the light. The reverse button also turns ...
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Afraid to buy new ceiling fans -- what if the remote is lost or broken?

I don't know how we can buy these new ceiling fans if they all use remotes. I'm afraid of losing the remote, or it breaks. Then what? Replace the whole fan if the manufacturer doesn't make that model ...
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New ceiling fan not controlled by 2 switches

I previously had a fan with no remote, controlled by a double switch on the wall (one for the light, one for the fan) and just installed a new one. Now only one switch controls both. How do I fix it ...
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ceiling fan with receiver and only 1 red wire, how to I wire it?

I have a ceiling fan which works on one switch through a receiver. The remote stopped working, so only the light would switch on and off. I inspected the fan and it works fine. I pulled out the ...
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How to circulate hot air from the upstairs?

We have a heat pump in the bedroom, which is right next to the top stairs but the cool air doesn't circulate much outside the room. All the hot, humid air seems to 'sit' at the top of the steps so I ...
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Trouble identifying hot and neutral in old house (no ground?)

I am replacing a ceiling fan and did not note how it was previously wired before taking it down (i.e. which are the hot and neutral wire). The house is quite old (some parts over 100 years - including ...
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How to install ceiling fan in this unique situation [closed]

I’ve come across a ceiling fan that was installed rather shockingly, and I’m tasked to replace it with a new one. But I want to install the new one using more up to date standards. The ceiling fan was ...
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Old ceiling junction box - no weight rating - can it hold ceiling fan?

I rent an apartment in an old building, likely 1920s. I would like to replace the ceiling light in our bedroom with a fan. The junction box has no weight rating on it, and seems so old that I’m afraid ...
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What type/size screws to mount ceiling fan on a wooden joist

I am installing a ceiling fans in all my bedroom and one of the electrical boxes looks like this: As far as I can tell, this is mounted on the joist or wood based on the lag screw on the center. ...
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Ceiling fans falling

I've had this problem with multiple Harbor Breeze fans in the house we bought. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan where the rod terminates in a half-ball (pretty typical). The half-ball is hung from a ...
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How do I install a fan rated junction box and replace the existing one?

I have a fan I was trying to install but when I removed the cover that was covering the junction box I realized it felt kind of flimsy, I proceed to unscrew the blue plastic box from the mounting ...
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Wall switch not working anymore after ceiling fan replaced

We had to replace a ceiling fan that previously operated from 2 switches (1 fan, 1 light). When we took it down all we saw was 1 main wire with a black, white & ground coming out of ceiling. New ...
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How to get 12V DC from 110V AC inside a gang box?

I have an A23 battery (12V) powered wall fan control, link. Because I got tired of replacing batteries every year, I'm looking into a way getting power from the 110V wires behind the switch. This post ...
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Which specs matter when replacing a fan capacitor?

I'm trying to repair a 14-year old ceiling fan that runs slow. Capacitors sound like a common problem. What I'm not sure is which replacement capacitor is best. Here's photos of this fan's capacitor ...
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Ceiling fan wiring causing circuit breaker to trip

My circuit breaker for the upstairs lights has tripped (circuit breaker popped and sparked). It looks like it might be due to our bedroom ceiling fan which was running at the time. There seem to be 3 ...
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How compatible are ceiling fan drop rods?

My wife found a ceiling fan she loves from Minka Aire. We need a 12" drop rod. I cannot, for the life of me, find a drop rod in the brushed carbon color of the fan. I can find lots of knock-offs ...
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Can I use the top box screws for a ceiling fan?

I've installed ceiling fans before but this is the first time I've seen screws like this coming from the top of the box. Can I use these screw for the mounting bracket or will I need to remove the box ...
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Neighbor's AC Unit Causing Ceiling Fan Hum?

One day last month my downstairs neighbor's bedroom ceiling fan started to become very noticeable. It's not loud, but it keeps me up at night. I can tell when it's on just by walking past my bedroom ...
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Wire a ceiling fan in between two double/single pole switches to ONLY control the light with the fan controlled by a remote

New ceiling fan comes with remote for light nd fan. want to utilize the two light switches to control the light only. And then use fan remote to control fan speed.
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wiring 3-speed outdoor ceiling fan/light with one switch and remote

Three-speed fan with receiver and remote, one wall switch and remote. When the switch is on, I'm wanting to control the fan speed and light with the remote. From ceiling: There's copper (bare), red, ...
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How to stop fan oscillation

I have a false ceiling so the length of my fan down rod is about 1 and half feet. Whenever fan runs ,the rod keeps on oscillating and turning the hole of false ceiling bigger through friction besides ...
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Why does my ceiling fan light stay on even when chain is pulled?

Both My ceiling fan and light could be turned on/off by individual chains when the wall switch was turned on. The light chain could turn off light & leave fan on and vice versa. Now the light ...
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Minka aire F749L ceiling fan starts then goes a few degrees and stops repeatedly for about a minute then stops altogether

Minka aire F749L ceiling fan was working yesterday, now starts then goes a few degrees and stops repeatedly for about a minute then stops altogether. https://www.minkagroup.net/f749l-bn.html
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