Ceiling fan - light works, fan doesn't

zandmeAugust 30, 2009

Just bought my first house (short sale) and the sellers took all the ceiling fans! Just left wires sticking out of the ceilings.

We successfully installed fans in 3 rooms, but in the 4th the light works, but the fan doesn't. What's the easiest way to tell if the problem is with the fan or with the wiring?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If there is only one switch controlling the electrical box, to which you've attached the fan, the problem is in the fan.
If there is only 2 wires, beside the ground wire, in the box, the problem is in the fan.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 10:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Looks like the previous owner did some "creative" wiring. There are three switches, and I don't know if the wiring from one or two are connected to that electrical box, and only two of the three switches are grounded anyway. I have an electrician coming tomorrow (for something else) so I think I will have him take a look. Thank you for your help!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 9:51PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Let's brainstorm all about lighting and scene controls
Hi everyone, Let's face it, understanding lighting...
What should be dimmable in my kitchen?
We are doing a kitchen renovation, and like most new...
recessed lighting suggestions
I'm having recessed lights installed in two rooms this...
linen lighting shades
do linen shades hold up well in bathrooms?
2015 Title 24 and LEDs
Hello all, I'm looking to install LEDs in a house that...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™