I installed a Hunter fan this winter. Before installing, I tested that
the wires coming out of the ceiling box (where the fan is mounted) were
live when the wall switch was turned on. However, the fan doesn't turn
on. I double checked to make sure the wiring harness was snapped in
correctly, but no luck.
My question is: Is it more likely that the fan motor is dead (on the
new unit) or the wiring harness is faulty, or something else. How can I
deduce what the electrical problem is?
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Re: Hunter fan electrical problem
I have found in the past that when the splice caps were twisted onto the wires that they slip to the insulated part of the wire and looks as though it is connected actually is not. If you can get to the fan wires at the J-Box or ceiling fixture take the connection to the ceiling wires off and test the wires to the fan with an ohm meter to see if you have resistence reading. If you do not have a ohm meter take an extension cord and cut the female portion off and splice the wires to the fan wires. Make sure the cord will not hit the blades and plug the other end into a receptecale. If fan does not run then it is the motor wiring. Assuming you do not have a light kit since it was not mentioned. If you do and the lights come on then the fan wire was probably never hooked to that point.
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Jan 29, 2009 - 10 posts - 3 authors
In my new house, there's 2 switches so I can do them separately. ... is there anything else I can do with that switch since the fan has a remote and I won't be using it much? TIA. .... Those same wires should be in that switch box.
Oct 3, 2007 - I can have installed the fan/light (a Hampton Bay Veranda) without the ...My house wiring has a green ground and two black and two white wires. ... Fortunately I found a universal/all brand fan speed control wall switch made by Hunter. ... i havethe same problem . so you just did not used your remote?
If there is no remote control for this fan, at first thought I would think that one of the connections in the ceiling box that the fan is attached to has a problem. In my experience, the ceiling fan wire is smaller than the wires in the ceiling box. This can make it difficult for the screw type of wire connector to grip the wires in the connection and make a solid connection. I would, turn the power off to that box (circuit breaker) and take the cover plate off the box. Then take the wires individually that come from the fan and pull them 1 by 1 and see if one of these wires comes easily out of the connector. Gently pull these wires. If one or more come out, then re make the connection (you can strip the insulation for a full 1 inch, of the fan wire, double the wire over on itself so that you have 1/2 inch of wire. Try to wrap this around the ceiling box wire that it is to be connected to and install the twist plastic wire connector and twist till snug. Do not over tighten or you will have to get a new connector and remake the connection.
The reason the fan may turn on and off is because of a loose connection that looks good, but electrically is not good. The wires connect, heat up a little, break connection, cool down, make connection, heat up a little . . . and you get the picture. Hope this helps.
Sounds like the fan is defective. All internal wiring from the switch to the motor is factory installed. The fan has power going to it. Just to make sure, double check the wiring from the ceiling fixture to the fan.
Problem could be a faulty switch on the fan or faulty motor(bad winding for med. speed). Try reverse switch on the fan to operate the opposite direction and see if medium speed works. If medium does work in opposite direction, it pretty much points to a defective fan. In any case, unless you discover that the ceiling wires were reversed going into the fan, I'd say new fan to the returns dept.
For the fan alone, you hook the black wire from the fan to the black wire in your electrical box; white to white. If there is a red wire it's for the light, hook it to the black wire from the box. If you let us know what wires are available in your box and what's coming out of the fan and whether the fan has a light and whether the box is wired for separate lighting, we could go a long way towards solving your problem in more definitive terms. Hunter is a premium fan, their package directions are good.
you may have two dedicated ceiling fan circuits coming out of that box, check to make sure theres not a black wire bunched up in the ceiling or cut off, or try this
1.white to white wires, and black wire and black with a white stripe to red wire out of ceiling for fan and light together operation
2. If you can find the black and the red and the white coming out of the ceiling then you may have two switches on the wall for that fan, red for black fan wire, black with white stripe for the to black out of the ceiling , white all together. try that combination
for separate light and fan control from the wall