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I removed a Hunter ceiling fan with a light that was installed about 30-40 years ago. There are 2 white wires and one black wire coming out of the ceiling. There is one single switch on one side of the room for the light. There is a double switch on the other side of the room-one for the light and 1 for the fan. I have one black wire and one white wire coming out of the receiver for the ceiling. Do I attach both white wires out of the ceiling to the one white wire coming out of the fan? Also, there are two white wires on the receiver. 1 says ACINN. The other says COM. Which one is for the fan and which one is for the ceiling? The new fan is a Harbor Breeze Crossroads with light.

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You need to get a voltmeter to figure this out. I've never seen the black wire be a neutral - ever. The way it "should" have been wired is one of the white wires is neutral, the black is hot for the lights, and a different color wire is hot for the fan. Usually blue or red. Whoever wired your house just used what they had and ran a white wire up from the fan switch to the box.

So - what I would do is isolate the three wires from touching each other. Then I would turn the fan switch off and the light switch on and probe the wires. The combination between one of the whites and the black should give you 120 volts. That white wire is your neutral. Just to verify, test between the black and the uninsulated ground wire - that should also give you 120 volts if the black is indeed hot. Then, turn the light switch off, the fan on and retest. Between the two white wires will likely give you 120 volts. You can verify the non-neutral white wire is the fan hot by checking it with the uninsulated ground which should give 120 volts with the fan switch on.

As to the wires on the fan - the manual should list those. COM would be the common neutral between the fan/lights. Are you sure the ACCIN wire isn't white with a black stripe?

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The black wire is most likely your neutral. The wall plate should have one light switch and a fan control. If you connect an incandescent or halogen bulb to one of the white wires and the black and you flick the light switch or turn on the fan switch the light should light, you can then determine which white wire is doing what.
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The black goes to the L connection the others are a guess. You can do this two ways. Connect the colored wires in any sequence and then see what switch sequence give you high and lowest, the other one will be medium. Once you determine that, mark the wires with a piece of masking tape as high, medium and low. Otherwise you connect them, turn power on and use a multimeter to see which color gives you the highest voltage and which gives you lowest. Since you aren't comfortable using live wires and a meter, go with the first option and use the process of elimination to find the wires giving you the speeds you need to find the highest and lowest. Next, you need to determine how your switch sequence works. First pull has to give you highest speed. so you may end up wiring them in reverse if your first attempt is backwards. There is a reason the first pull needs to be highest, it powers up the motor so you can then chose a lower setting. A low setting first will over tax your motor and wear it out eventually as it has to work harder at first.

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Your copper, green wire are the ground. I beleave that the white is the power, and the black is your neg. to make sure i would use a wire tester to determen the power. From there white goes to white, black to black, and green to copper. I am not sure on the white/black wire it maybe another power. Look at your instalation manual it should tell you.
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