Questions tagged [ceiling-fan]

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How do I mount a ceiling fan to this fan box?

I want to put up some ceiling fans in my house. There are already some fan boxes in the ceiling that were covered with blanking plates (if there were fans there before, I assume the previous owners ...
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Installing a ceiling fan into a socket with 3 wires jammed into the socket

I recently purchased a ceiling fan thinking it would be a fun DIY project but when I went to install it, I came across many problems. I have attached a photo of my ceiling fan socket on the ceiling ...
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Will ceiling junction box support fan mounting?

Will current ceiling junction box support fan? Not exactly sure if a fan was mounted to it prior as I recently moved into this apartment. Somewhat older of an apartment and box doesn’t directly state ...
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Ceiling Fan with new light kit stopped spinning

TL;DR - Installed a light kit in two existing fans that both used to work. Lights now work, fan hums, but blades don't spin. Here's what I did: Just moved into a house that had ceiling fans already ...
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How can a ceiling fan be mounted to a fan-rated box that has been extended?

Let us say that we have a fan rated 4" octagon box in the ceiling, but the box doesn't supply enough space for all the wires up there (quite possible if the fan wiring is complicated, for instance ...
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ceiling fan rotate slowly in my bedroom only

I had one ceiling fan which was rotating slowly.I thought fan might have issues, so I shifted that fan to my shop.to my amazement, the same fan is working fantastic there. Then I bought a brand new ...
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How can I move loose-fill insulation temporarily?

My current bathroom fan is dead and needs replacement. I tried removing it from the inside of the house, but something is holding it. I'll need to do it from the attic. The attic is covered with ...
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How to determine if a ceiling fan has a DC motor?

This question asks how to find ceiling fans that don't audibly hum: Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist? It is something that annoys me too. I can't stand the hum a lot of ...
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How do I determine whether the existing fixture can support a ceiling fan?

I'd like to replace a ceiling light with a ceiling fan. I've replaced existing ceiling lights before but I'm worried about the additional weight of the fan. How do I determine whether the existing ...
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How do I install a ceiling fan without creating holes in the ceiling?

I wanted to install ceiling fans in my house but there there were no existing outlets in the ceiling so I got an electrician to do it. He created 2 holes in the ceiling and 2 in the wall to run the ...
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Is there enough here to get a ceiling fan?

I want need a ceiling fan in my living room. I looked at a few wiki-how type articles on installing them, and it looks like they need more than 2 wires, but when I opened up the light fixture on my ...
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How do I fix a ceiling fan that won't turn off?

I have a ceiling light/fan fixture in one of my rooms connected to a single electrical switch. There are two pullchains on the fixture, one that controls the light, the other controlling the fan. I'd ...
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How do I replace this bathroom fan with a different plug?

I want to replace my bathroom fan 'cause it stopped working. The ones in stores I see have a normal house receptacle plug that can just be plugged in to any outlets in the house etc. The one for my ...
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Retrofit Fan box for horizontal 2x4 truss

I am attempting to install a retrofit fan brace and ran into an issue where my 2x4 are horizontal and not vertical, what are my options to support a fan or are there alternative braces for this setup? ...
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How do I safely extend electrical wiring without replacing it entirely?

I'm in the process of replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan. I replaced the old mount with a pan ceiling support box. The wiring is old (1920s) and inside armored cable coming through the stud. ...
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Office light Switch Wiring

In my office the light switch box has 3 sets of 3 wires, 3 black, 3 white and 3 copper. All 3 white are connected/tied together as well as all 3 copper wires. The 3 black wires all are connected to ...
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How do I shut off the ceiling fan without a pull chain?

So, I move into my new house. The first hour, my mother-in-law decides to try out the ceiling fan. She turns the unit on at the lightswitch, then pulls the chain right out of the unit. The fan is ...
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How do I re-wire a ceiling-fan to reverse its direction?

One of the ceiling fans at home was spinning in the opposite direction (clock-wise) and so was sucking up the air rather than blowing it. I live in a hot climate so we always have the fans spinning in ...
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How do I troubleshoot a ceiling fan that suddenly stopped working?

I've got a ceiling fan in my kitchen that all of a sudden stopped working one day. No lights, no fan. Power is still up in the rest of the kitchen, and no breakers tripped. Is it common for a ...
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Ceiling Fan Wiring Confusion

Was expecting to find just 3 simple wires (b, w, g) and be able to hook up this ceiling fan quite easily but found this when taking out the old fan...3 sets of wires, #1 with 2 black and 1 white, #2 ...
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Replacing existing ceiling fan but there’s no junction box

I’m replacing an older existing ceiling fan in our home hat was built in 1997, located in Corydon, Indiana. We’ve lived here for 4 years. When I removed the existing ceiling fan, I️ noticed there was ...
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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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Accessing light bulbs on ceiling fan

We just bought a house and it has this ceiling fan: The upper portion has bulbs in it, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how you'd get to them. The top of the unit has a metal plate secured ...
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Old wires in kitchen ceiling seem wrong. Any thoughts?

Just bought a new replacement ceiling fan/light for kitchen in house we just bought, which was built in 1912 and has obviously had a wiring update, but many years ago. I switched the wall switch off ...
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Rewiring A Ceiling Fan - Add Wall Switch

I have ceiling fans in four rooms all with lights. The fans are hardwired to the breaker box, but the lights are on switches. I'd like to add another switch to control the fan, either on/off, or a 3-...
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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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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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Adding recessed lighting to room with ceiling fan/light already installed

Ok, First off I have done small electrical projects like add outlets, but never anything major. I have a loft with a ceiling fan/light that is just not bright enough to light up the entire room. The ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan with black, white, red, green in ceiling box and two wall switches

I'm trying to wire a ceiling fan in my bedroom (condo built in 2014). The bedroom currently has two wall switches and a single ceiling light (no fan). The right switch turns the light on/off and the ...
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Wiremold Ceiling Fan Box not compatible with Harbor Breeze mounting bracket. How to fix?

I am surface mounting a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan directly to a wooden beam using a Wiremold Metal Ceiling Fan junction box. The wiremold box has two #10 screws which go from the back of the mounting ...
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Ceiling-fan switch no longer turns off fan

I've been installing new outlets and switches in a condo my wife and I recently bought.The old ones were fine, but the wrong color. I've been replacing like for like, swapping the older Leviton beige ...
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How to tell if old ceiling light box can support ceiling fan?

I want to replace a small hanging chandelier with a ceiling fan and am trying to figure out if the existing box can support a fan. I don't see labeling on the box itself but noticed this large rod ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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How should I wire a ceiling fan when there's only three wires in the box?

I'm replacing a ceiling fan and it has three wires as is common: black, white, and bare ground. I have a two-toggle wall switch. One switch makes the black wire hot (for the motor), and the other ...
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wireless ceiling fans with low voltage

I am troubleshooting some electrical issues on three different ceiling fans in my upstairs bedrooms. All three are wireless Harbor Breeze ceiling fans. They all have the same issues but at varying ...
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Can I put dimmable LED bulbs in a ceiling fan fixture and wire it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible?

Would there be any problems with putting dimmable LED bulbs into a ceiling fan fixture that holds three bulbs and wiring it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible? The fan itself will be on just the ...
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How can I control two ceiling fans and lights with one single pole switch?

I have two ceiling fans with two aftermarket light kits installed, all controlled from one single pole switch. So when switch is flipped, both fans and lights turn on or off at the same time. Only way ...
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How can I install a regular light fixture where a ceiling fan used to be?

Removed an old ceiling fan. There was one wall switch that only controlled the lights. The fan portion could be on regardless of wall switch position (by pullchain on the unit). I'm left with two ...
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How do I deal with a loose lightbulb socket on our ceiling fan?

When my wife and I bought our house, there were two ceiling fans with multiple light fixtures (4 inside a plastic enclosure and 4 "exposed" within glass lampshades. On one of the fans, one of the ...
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How do I seal an electrical box for a ceiling fan?

We recently installed new electrical boxes and hung fans from them. We caulked around the boxes to seal off airflow into the attic. There are several small holes (and one has a medium sized hole) on ...
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How can I troubleshoot a ceiling fan light kit Issue?

I have an issue with my ceiling fan light; the light is on, then eventually over time it starts flickering off and on, eventually over time shutting off. I'll switch the light off, and then switch it ...
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Changing plug switch to fan and making plug constant hot

I have a bit of a cluster going on. There is (A) stair light with (A) up and (A) down switches. There is a (B) switch that goes to (B) outlet controlling one plug. (A) & (B) switches are in the ...
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NEC Compliance: Removing a wall switch in favor of a remote for a ceiling fan

In my bedroom, there is a wall switch that controls a ceiling fan. I recently installed a wireless remote controller in the canopy of that ceiling fan so I could turn it on and off from the comfort of ...
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3-way switch for light with fan controlled by switch built into fan. Odd wiring layout. Wiring assistance required

My electrician and I have parted ways. This has resulted in my having to finish off various projects. I have managed to get 2/3 lights operating the way they were intended. However, I am having ...
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Breaker trips when both switches on circuit are on

I've got a ceiling fan/light wired to a double switch (like this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-15-Amp-Combination-Double-Switch-White-R62-05224-2WS/202027008) The source is at the switch and ...
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Why are there three cables coming into my ceiling fan box?

I'm working on a new ceiling fan install. I pulled out the old light fixture (traditional fixture) with three sets of wires coming into the box (three hot, three neutral, and three grounding wires). ...
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How to verify electrical box is secured strong enough for 16# ceiling fan?

The metal electrical box says it's "Acceptable for fan support when secured with 10-32 screws provided". The box has 2 black screws (sheetrock screws?) in the middle that are screwed to some piece of ...
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Can two neutrals on different legs of the same circuit be connected together to shared neutral of ceiling fan?

Situation: half way through construction, a change in plans on ceiling fan operation occurred. Wires were originally ran to 3way switches and on to ceiling fan. Then came the decision to separate the ...
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How can I replace a recessed light with a ceiling fan?

I've installed a few ceiling fans before and found them to be pretty easy so I'm trying to add them to each room in my house, I don't have great knowledge of electrical work but I can install a ...
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Is it possible to install a ceiling fan without an electrical box?

A while ago I had some electricians install a ceiling fan mount. Now that I've finally gotten around to installing a fan I've discovered that they didn't install any sort of electrical box to house ...

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