I am trying to install a 78127 industrial fan with remote swith. The switch has only two wire connections, in and out. I assume this is in and out power and wired the ground and zero through. The fan works, but I cannot reverse it's direction
I a not familur with that particular model but:
1) the switch is power in/out
2) the fan works so the switch works
3)leave the switch on and only control the fan w/ remote
4) stop fan. reverse .start fan. light on/ light off
depends how you hooked it up/ what the switch really does. usually the fan is seperate from the light and the light is powered with the switch.
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The blue wire is running into the built in receiver inside the fan housing. You will not be able to install another receiver to the fan and have control of the lights. You will be able to control the fan though.
By the sound of it, it could be a wiring issue. Im assuming its hardwired to the house. If you feel comfortable enough, i would suggest checking the connection to the fan motor a long with the connections to the lights.(The bulbs might just be burned out too) If that looks okay. You said the remote wasnt working. Im assuming you have an alternate method of operating the fan, perhaps a typical "light" switch. Once again if you feel comfortable you could test that switch, it may be bad.
Bottom line, if you dont feel comfortable messing with electricity as many do, Call an electrician out. The fans can get expensive and it seems pretty new still. They can diaginose it for you relatively cheap.
The usual wiruing for these fan/light circuits is that the black wire on one switch is for the fan and the red on the other switch is for the light. If you are using a remote set up for both fan and light, then hook the remote wires to the black and white wires in the ceiling, You can cap off the red wire in the ceiling as this will not be used.
A regular dimmer switch will not do what you want. A variable speed switch similar to a dimmer but made specifically to control motor loads may do what you want. I think it would have to be installed after the 5-speed controller because the reduced voltage may cause problems for that controller. Maybe you should just replace the controller with a the variable speed switch.
You can try the universal receiver. The white, black, and green wires are the house wires. The receiver must match to these on one side. The wires on the other side go to the fan/lights. It is possible that one of these has come loose. If you try the universal, make sure the dip switches are in the same positions on both.
Take the fan down, and remove the receiver completely, from house wires and fan. (Make sure the breaker is off first!) Then wire the fan directly to the house wires. The blue wire on the fan is for lights. Wire it with the black wire in the same wire nut.
I'm assuming you have a wall switch that powers the wires coming from the ceiling.
By the way, I have never seen anyone control two fans with lights with one receiver. Usually each fan has its on.
If you don't want the to use the remote you don't have to, but you don't have enough wires to switch the upper light, the lower light, and the fan. You can, however, switch the upper and lower lights together if that's okay. In order to do that you'd connect the white from the ceiling box to the white (neutral) on the fan, then the green from the ceiling box to any green(ground) wires on the fan, then the black from the ceiling box to the black(motor) from the fan, then the red from the ceiling box to the blue and orange (lights) from the fan. I'm assuming that the black and red in the ceiling box are also in the switch box where the fan/light control switch is going. Those are the ones you'll connect to the controller.
in your ceiling box should be three wires. a red goes to the three way switches, a black goes to the hot and the white is the neutral. the fan wires are black, blue and white. since you have a remote, connect the [fan] blue & black together with the [line] black. connect all white wires together. the remote will now ramp up your lights from off to full on and the fan remote will let you choose lo med high and off. just tape up the red wire in the box.