Question about Hunter Ceiling Fan Light Switch Control

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Had a fan/light combo controled with a single wall switch.Turn wall switch off and the fan and light would go off or, if wall switch was on light/fan could be turned on or off by chains. There is no power going into wall switch box. Power is being run into ceiling box. I bought new fan and dual control switch and ran 14/3 wire from ceiling box to wall switch box. I took out the old 14/2 that use to make this run. I can not make the fan/ light wwork now from dual wall switch. I could control fan speed but light wold only work when fan was running. i can not figuer out how to hook up the wiring.

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  • cohelp Aug 02, 2009

    Thank you for the fast reply. The new switch is a Hunter dual control 27182 with two sliding knobs. One sliding knob for light brightness one knob to control speed. It has three wires,black,blue red. The fan which is a hunter also has a black, white, striped and of course green for ground. Any idea how to hook up. I have wired fans with dual controls before but the power was always coming into the wall switch box. Thank you.

  • cohelp Aug 02, 2009

    1) black goes to hot..... blue goes to fan..... red goes to light



    2) 14/3 has red, black, white ground.



    The second time I hooked up the wires the fan came on even with the knob turned "off"



    The first time I hooked it up I could control the fan speed but the light would only come on with the fan running.

  • cohelp Aug 02, 2009

    1) black

  • cohelp Aug 02, 2009

    I'm sorry.yes red,black and white are coated. Ground (copper) is not. It is romex.

  • cohelp Aug 02, 2009

    I'm sorry light fan wires don't say what they are for. Instructions only say black goes to black, white goes to white green goes to bare or green and the striped wire goes to the wire from the wall switch.



    The blue,red and black wires I mentioned before were from the switch.

  • cohelp Aug 02, 2009

    No screws on wall switch. My last e-mail might have crosses your last comment. Sorry...... wall switch has three wires. Black goes to hot........blue goes to fan.....red goes to light.

  • cohelp Aug 03, 2009

    I will try this......... Why is there not a way to wire the fan/light to the dual switch? This is the first time I have put in a fan that does not have the power going to the wall switch first.

  • cohelp Aug 03, 2009

    In the old wall switch box there was only one 14/2 romex coming in and that was from the ceiling box. the house was built in 1954 and I can only assume that there was only a light in the ceiling.The owners we bought the house from must have put up the fan/light combo which was turned on by the wall switch and then you could use the chains for the light/fan. There is another 14/2 romex in the ceiling box which goes to the light in the ceiling in the next room which is controled by a wall switch.

  • cohelp Aug 03, 2009

    Got it hooked up per your instructions. I can turn light on and off and control its brightness from wall control by moving knob up and down. The fan I have to turn on by pulling the fan chain. The fan control knob on the other side of the control switch does not work as you mentioned it would not.The light chain is there but no need to use it. I guess this is better than nothing. I'm glad it's a low ceiling. So ....... there is nothing I can do to get the control knob for the fan to work???

  • cohelp Aug 03, 2009

    Great effort made to help me. Total solution out come was not what I was hoping for but you can only do so much. Very helpful and took time to understand me. Thanks.

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Your previous hook-up was probably using hot wire (black from ceiling) to go to switch, and white (neutral) to come back to fan, or vise versa. So if your new switch at wall only has 2 terminals to connect to, do same thing, go from your hot connection ( black) at ceiling where power coming in, to one terminal on switch, then bring white from other terminal connected to switch back & connect it to hots on ceiling fan. (it's like a continuation of hot wire, so tape it black at that end so you remember & warn others too) Then simply connect white from power coming in to neutral on fan connections. Connect Bare copper to grounds at light/fan. Understand? Let me know how you make out.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 02, 2009

    2 questions. 1- what does your instructions for light/fan say each wire is for, as in color and what it does.
    2. The new power wire/cable you ran back down to switch from ceiling, how many wires total in it that are coated & what colors?


  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 02, 2009

    Sorry, just to clarify, red and black are coated, is the white also coated?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 02, 2009

    Sorry to keep asking questions but need to know, what & how many screws does wall switch have on it for connection terminals ? What about any wires coming out of switch?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 02, 2009

    Sorry just read what you said earlier about switch, back soon.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 02, 2009

    Sorry, last comment about wires at fan, changed the plan, get right back to ya'


  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    Ok lets try this, Appears you only needed 2 wire for that light/fan, but whats done is done & you may use extras later .
    Here goes.
    Connect black incoming power source to light/fan black, as instructions say, but add another short piece (jumper wire) of black to connection & join it to black going down to switch.
    Connect white from source to white at fan/light.
    Now Connect red wire on switch to red wire on your new cable & connect it up at light to striped wire.
    Tape end of blue from switch good, as you won't need it, and don't connect white on new wire going down to switch to anything either, just tape end of it as well.
    The set-up you have will only work this way it appears. Let me know you understand what we're doing here.




  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    I'm thinking this fan/light has chains to pull as well? Correct?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    This should give you fan control by pull chain, and light will dim with switch.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    Sorry, green to copper (ground) at light.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    It sounds to me like your original wiring (correct me if I'm wrong) took power from ceiling connection where fan was and brought it down to switch. Was there only one 14/2 wire in that switch box when you removed old switch? Do you have a continuity tester, or voltmeter there to use? If there was 2 wire cables in switch box, hold up on that hook-up, and get back to me.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    Yes that's what I figured. Basically sounds like you have line running across ceiling, then everything on that circuit is tapped into from there. So in old connection they would have run hot (black) from source down to switch via black wire, then back up from switch on white wire, (which is now really other end of black or hot, with switch in between) and connected it to black on ceiling fan.
    Does new fan/light have any pull chains?


  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    That striped wire at fan only allows for 1 thing to be controlled by knob, which it usually the light rather than fan, as speed switch is built in to fan, and light is either on or off. Keep your eyes open for a fan that will allow both to be regulated by type of switch you have. No chains, usually just a fan direction switch on it. You can also buy a remote control unit that has sensor you wire in under cover at top of fan at ceiling, and work it that way.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Aug 03, 2009

    If anything else I can help with , let me know, and I would appreciate you taking a minute to do rating on this when done, if you would. Thanks.

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