Questions tagged [ceiling-fan]

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Is this a ceiling fan box?

This is a picture of the box and a ceiling of my office. It looks to me like a ceiling fan box as it has a metal brace going out either side and a large bolt holding it to the brace. This room is ...
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Can you hang a heavy punching bag where a ceiling fan mount is?

My apartment is newly refurbished with multiple pre-installed spots for lighting fixtures, including ceiling fans. It would seem to me that a metal beam that can handle a ceiling fan can handle a ...
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Adding Recessed Lighting to room with ceiling fan and a 4 way switch?

I am installing recessed lighting. There is currently a ceiling fan with a light already installed on the ceiling I am installing the lights. 3 switches all control power to the ceiling fan. My goal ...
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Split single ceiling fan into two

I am probably overthinking this, but since I'm more of a carpenter and less of an electrician I thought I best ask for help to make sure. I have two rooms in my house that are 15 x 30 and only have a ...
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How to level unequal ceiling fan blades

So my ceiling fan was wobbling. I realized 2 blades (out of 5) were warped. I bought 5 new blades and made sure they were equal in weight and weren't warped. My fan still wobble a little bit and when ...
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Issue with Red wire to a remote controlled ceiling fan replacement (14/3 to 14/2 wires)

The Situation: 20 yr old Ceiling fan replacement with a remote controlled new fan. I have two wall switches: one controls 3 ceiling canned lights in the kitchen and one provides power to the ceiling ...
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How do I wire up my ceiling fan?

The junction box in the ceiling has three wires: black, white, and bare copper. The ceiling fan has four wires: black, white, blue, and green. I assume the blue goes to the light, but don't know where ...
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Replacing ceiling fan with remote Control and keep wall switches

I'm replacing ceiling fan. I have the following wall controls as indicated in the picture below: I must say I haven't much experimented with the functionality of each one, however I can say for sure ...
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How to wire ceiling fan motor to supply but light kit to switch?

Situation: Two wire supply source is at overhead box. Two wire runs to single pole wall switch. New ceiling fan with light kit. I would like the light kit to be controlled like a conventional ...
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Stabilizing a ceiling fan light cover

I just got a ceiling fan light cover (ceiling fan didn't have anything covering lights when moved in). Here are all the parts: The problem is the light cover is not stable at all: https://youtu.be/...
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Replace single speed to variable speed switch for ceiling fan?

The ceiling fan and ceiling fan light are on two separate wall switches: 14/3 Type-NM with black wire to fan switch in one gang wall box & red wire for the fan light in other gang wall box) I ...
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4 electrical lines into one ceiling box

I just installed a ceiling fan and light and not sure how to wire it. The wall switch box has 2 switches, one for a closet ceiling light and the other is to operate my new ceiling fan. In the ...
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Disconnecting pull chain from ceiling fan to install Lutron 'Maestro' fan/light switch

I installed a Lutron 'Maestro' fan/light wall switch (adjustable/dimmer) for a Hudson Bay fan with light. The instructions recommend 'disconnect pull chains' ... The fan operates currently at just ...
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Are all ceiling fan switches interchangeable?

I need to replace the switch in a ceiling fan and the current switch's model number is "ZE-109 E89885". If I look for it at Home Depot and they don't have that exact model, what is acceptable?
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How do I replace the actual chain part of the ceiling fan?

I probably need to buy a new switch but I can't figure out how to take out the chain of the old one. I have a housing that separates the bottom of the chain, with its round piece that you pull on, ...
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weird ceiling fan wiring

I am trying to replace an old ceiling fan. Instead of using a 3-wire for a light switch and a fan switch they used a 2-wire. The black hot wire was connected to the light switch on the fan and they ...
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What is causing the remote not to work properly when the light is connected up to the ceiling fan?

I installed a 220v DC ceiling fan. Prior to installing the LED light, I tested to ensure the fan motor worked with the remote control and it did at all speeds. I hooked up the LED light as specified ...
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Fan light won't turn on

I have a fan with a light. It's controlled by a single pole dimmer. Recently the light stopped working. The bulb is fine (works in a lamp), and the pull chain is fine (just replaced it recently). What'...
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Can ceiling light mount box be used to attach ceiling fan?

As Montreal is going to welcome the humid summer, I am planning to install a ceiling fan by removing the ceiling light. I have selected the fan that I want from Amazon. Here are the photos of the ...
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Supporting a fan in second (fake) ceiling

I purchased a ceiling fan (this model) to install in my house's top-floor bedroom. I assumed that all I would need is a fan-rated retrofit brace and ceiling box (example) to replace the inevitable ...
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Change switched outlet to ceiling fan and unswitched outlet

I'm installing a ceiling fan and I currently have an outlet with a switch. Currently, the outlet box has three cables--circuit coming in, the switch loop and the circuit that continues on. The ...
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Hole drilling in a 6“ by 12” solid wood beam

I have a buddy that has exposed ceilings in his wonderful house they just bought. In this section of the house there are 6" wide by 12" wide solid wood beams that go from one side of room to the ...
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Odd ceiling fan wiring, white in hot side of outlet

While replacing some old wall outlets, with new TR outlets, i came across a white wire connected to the hot side of a wall outlet... the black wire in this 14/2 pair is simply capped off in the ...
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Ceiling Fan capacitor question

I am trying to replace my capactitor in my ceiling fan, because the blades do not spin but I do hear a humming sound. When I opened it up. I have 2 capacitors The first capacitor is smaller and has ...
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Wiring pull switch ceiling fan to wall switch

This is a slightly different question to one previously asked on this site (see: Changing a pull switch to a hard wired wall switch Ceiling fans). I would like to wire a ceiling fan with light that ...
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Replacing a fan with two switches but only two wires

I live in an older house and am replacing an old ceiling fan. Previously, the fan was on two switches- one for the light and one for the fan. To my suprizs, when I pulled the fan down there are only ...
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Ceiling Fan with Recessed Lights

This is for U.S. based electrical in a house built in 2001. Currently I have a ceiling fan w/light on a 14/2 NM-B run to a single-pole light switch. When the switch is turned off, neither the fan nor ...
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Replacing old fan switch with no ground terminal

I am going through my house I just purchased that was built in the 1950s and replacing all of the light switches as the old ones are faded and quite unsightly. I noticed when I pulled out my first ...
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How to clean a ceiling fan with retractable fan blades?

I bought a few ceiling fans with retractable fan blades. After using for a few months, there is a thick layer of dusk underneath the blades at the kink. I saw a video suggesting two persons to do the ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan with a light kit

I have a ceiling fan with a light kit. Black, white, blue and green are on the fan and black, white and copper from the house. Pretty easy, but where does the blue go to?
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Ceiling fan running slow and making noises, or not running at all

****New update new pictures!**** Ok I took the voltage meter to both of my capacitors and got no voltage from either. However in the photos they are in tact and have not blown. Before I end up buying ...
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Ceiling fan only runs when bare used as hot

So I'm trying to wire up my new ceiling fan. I connected the black and blue to the black from ceiling and the white to white and the green from the braces to the bare wire. However, nothing came on. ...
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Wiring Ceiling Fan Remote, Two Dimmers

I think this DIY wiring is a bit too much (I honestly didn't know the fan came with a remote unit when I bought it). I have a switch with separate fan and light dimmers already installed (one switches ...
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Is it safe to use a fan control with any ceiling fan as long as you wire it properly?

A lot of modern ceiling fans seem to come with remote control units. Several of the new units even come with plastic plugs on the wiring to make it easier for the installer. These fans all say "Do ...
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Is modifying a box unsafe or against any electrical codes?

I modified a ceiling fan support box to fit onto a ceiling fan support brace. I did this because I wanted a ceiling fan in my dining room, but the junction box had three conduits running into the top ...
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Is it OK not to ground a ceiling fan?

I'd like to install a ceiling fan in a room where the ceiling electrical box has no grounding wire. Is that OK to do? If not, why not?
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Why do my ceiling fan lights come on bright then suddenly dim?

The home I bought has 3 bedrooms each with a ceiling fan and single switch. I think these are Hunters, they have a remote and require T4 bulbs. These are not on the same circuit. All 3 of these do ...
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How can I verify that my ceiling fan is properly grounded

Up front, my question is...how do I most easily and safely check to see if my ceiling fan is grounded? Now for the explanation. I recently installed 2 identical ceiling fans about a day apart in my ...
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Can ceiling fans push heated air down?

We are remodelling two large open spaces with 12' ceiling heights. The flue ducts hanging from the ceiling. The ducts will be hanging from the ceiling and the registers will be high. Will ceiling fans ...
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No remote/pull chains, how do I turn off fan without turning off the lights on combo unit

Just moved to new house 2 months ago. Bedroom ceiling fan/light fixture doesn't have any chains and did not have a remote with it. I have 2 wall switches, one turns the entire unit on/off and the ...
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Need 12' ladder on second floor but staircase is too tight

I have a fan on a high ceiling (maybe 16 feet high) that I want to replace. I need at least 12 foot type A ladder but it needs to fold because I have to take it up some tight stairs and corners to get ...
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Tommy Bahama ceiling fan that cuts after a day or two. Then it comes back on out of the blue

Changed out the wall switch- No help. This affects both the fan and the lights. I may have bulbs that are too high for the fan. I will change those out later today. When I leave the wall switch ...
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Replacing a fan fixture with a light fixture

My fan had a dual pole light switch... one for the fan, and one for the light. So the ceiling has 4 wires coming from it. One is a white ground, one a white wire, another red, and another black. My ...
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Replacing a ceiling fan with light kit on 3-way circuit

How do I wire a replacement ceiling fan on a 3-way circuit? I have four supply wires; red, white, black and ground. Do I just hook it up the way the old fan was wired or is there any rewiring i need ...
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How should I wire this ceiling fan?

I need to install a ceiling fan. I uninstalled the old one. there are 5 wires. and I was expecting just 3. there are 2 white, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 gray wire. the green wire and one of the white ...
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Fluorescent ceiling fan light single flash when switch turned on

I have a Hampton Bay CVT-54 ceiling fan and I'm seeing a very strange issue with the fluorescent ring light. When I flip light switch the light will flash momentarily then go dark. Flipping the light ...
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Making sense of existing wiring for multiple switches controlling fan+light and separate light

First, let me begin by saying I apologize up front if any of this is confusing or does not make any sense or if the attached diagram is clear as mud... Ok, here goes: I have a ceiling box that used ...
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Light box for ceiling light is attached to ceiling beam

I just took down a ceiling fan to find an electrical box that I've never seen before: It appears to be wrapped around the ceiling beam. The center screw is drilled into the bottom of the beam. Looks ...
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Ceiling fan and light on separate three way switches, code compliant?

I am in a new-to-me house built in the 1970s. We are on the 2014 NEC. I have two long living rooms, one with the ceiling fan improperly wired, and one without a fan at all. I would like to have in ...
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How do I get the globe off this ceiling fan?

I have tried pulling down on the globe thinking the metal clasps were holding the globe with tension. I've tried turning the globe but the whole base turns when I do that. I'm not sure what brand it ...

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