Question about Fans

1 Answer

Neutral (white) wire connection

Where does the white wire come from off the electric motor on a ceiling fan.The one I have fell off while I was cleaning it and fell far enough to pull the power wire loose. The black wire pulled loose from a wire nut, but the white pulled loose from a solder joint and was inside the tube between the top of the motor and ceiling mount.The problem is the white wire only runs to a wire nut on the bottom side of the fan for light that it doesn't have,I can't seem to find where the white wire was connected to complete the circuit.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 5,568 Answers

Use caution when dealing with AC, it can be deadly.

The black wire by accepted standards is the 'hot' wire and will measure (when active) 110-125 volts (in the US) to ground or the white neutral wire in a normal household system.
The white wire may have a couple of volts when measured to an earth ground or any green (or green-yellow) wire which is (by standards) connected to earth ground, often via plumbing pipes in some homes, or a visible or buried grounding rod driven several feet into the earth.

The black (hot) wire is the one customarily 'switched.'

I would highly recommend you have a qualified electrician reconnect the strayed wires to protect yourself and the fan.

Posted on Jul 09, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

I got my craftmade ceiling fan about 10 years ago, the fan has now stopped working but the light works, I changed out the switch on the wall that was not the problem sometimes I will turn on the wall...


pretty sure its the 3 speed pull chain switch.$4.50 to $6.00 at home depot or lowes or hardware/elecrtical store.
how 2 replace switch.
1.turn off breaker to fan/fan lights,probably that whole room.
may need extension cord & floor lamp from closest room with electric, so u can see.
2.need 6ft step ladder to get up to fan.look see how to get to fan speed switch. speed switch unscrews from outside but body of switch is inside fan cover.
3. need to take fan off ceiling to replace switch.
4.switch has 4 wires, power feed into switch and 3 selector
wires that go to high speed winding,medium speed winding and low speed winding.
speed selector switch has 4 settings, off, low,medium,high.

about ac circuits , black wire is 120 volts, hot.
white wires are neutral return wire. an ac voltmeter will read 120volts ac with its red and black probes between black,hot and
white,neutral.
white= neutal=ground which is green. If wired properly and polarity was observed, white and green ground wires both connect to the neutral ground buss bar in the circuit breaker panel box and are the same electrical point.

black wires,and the selector handle getting the hot juice into the fan and white returns the used juice to the circuit breaker panel box.
If polarity was observed, you can touch white and ground without getting a shock.
black will jolt or even fry you dead, so make sure the breaker to the fan is off, so that the circuit is de-energized before you touch it.

PLEASE NOTE--- make drawing on paper of what color wires from the fan motor go to what color wires on the selector switch.
If the switch has 4 black wires, you need to put different color electrical tape as a marker, on each wire. or ,to be cheap, you can use white paper,scissors to cut paper,and pencil and write 1,2,3,4 on the paper and tape to the 4 switch wires.

that is: wire # 1 from the switch goes to the black wire from the wall--ac hot
wire #2 from switch goes to yellow fan motor winding,
wire # 3 from switch goes to orange wire from fan motor

wires are specific and NOT interchangeable.

go to www.ehow.com & type into search engine box
how to replace fan motor speed selector switch.

Oct 12, 2013 | Craftmade International CQ52 Ceiling Fan

1 Answer

Installed a fan the fan works the lights do not


If we're talking about a ceiling fan then the issue is with the wiring. You should have 3 wires coming off the fan. Two of them are your power wires that go to the fan motor, and the other to the light fixture. Both of these wires (usually black and blue) will be twisted together and "typically" connect to the black wire in the ceiling. Then the neutral white wire will connect to the neutral white wire in the ceiling. Then your green earth ground wire connects to the ceiling box, or to any non-insulated copper ground wires.

The only other connection is the single plug that connects the pull cord switches to the fan motor itself. If that wasn't connected correctly the fan motor wouldn't work either. I'm going to bet the issue is in the ceiling box.

Nov 24, 2012 | Fans

1 Answer

I need a diagram for the wiring that goes from the fan to remote speed settings and then to electrical wires in ceiling


all of the white wires connect together and to the white house wiring (neutral from ceiling) ..also the neutral or return wire for the controller (may also be white) .. then the black house wiring(or red if you have an external wall switch) is connected to the controller wire marked AC or AC input .. the output marked "lamp" on the controller connects to the blue wire that goes to the light bulb (or bulbs) ... the output called fan goes to the black wire of the fan motor .. the green house wire goes to either a bare wire, green wire or a green bolt that is screwed to the metal of the fan.. thats the safety ground ...

Jun 05, 2010 | Hunter 52" Ceiling Fan With Light And...

2 Answers

Wiring diagram for a 3 way ceiling pull switch.


These fans are manufactured by a number of overseas companies and sold exclusively by Home Depot. They do not have a standard color code for the fan switch. What you can do is turn off the power, keep the white neutral connected. Then using the black power wire fro the ceiling, take one of the switch wires and connect to that black, turn the power on and observe the speed .. low mark it 1, medium mark it 2, high mark it 3. Repeat untill you have identified all the speed wires. Then connect these wires to the 1,2,3, terminations of your new switch
Questions?

Please Vote !

May 29, 2010 | Hampton Bay 24750 Huntington III Ceiling...

1 Answer

I am installing a ceiling fan/light with a remote control and the wiring in the ceiling has a red wire and two white wires which are connected. I am used to seeing only a black and a white wire. in order...


the two white wires are the neutrals, just add the fan's white wire to the other whites. The red wire is the hot wire, same as a black, so connect it to the black.

Oct 11, 2009 | Home Decorators Collection Star-tech Fan...

2 Answers

Need a basic diagram to wire a ceiling fan.


Depending on how your place is wired will dictate the solution here.

The light box in your ceiling should have two or three wires. Black and White, or Red, Black and White.

If you have two wires (one switch to control everything):
Black is power - hook this to the fan's power wire (and the fan's light wire if applicable)
White is neutral - hook this to the fan's neutral wire.

If you have three wires (two separate switches):
Red is power for the light - hook this to the fan's light wire if applicable
Black is for the fan - hook this to the fan's motor
White is neutral - hook this to the fan's neutral wire.

Sep 18, 2009 | Hunter 52" Ceiling Fan With Light And...

1 Answer

Replacing old fan with Hunter 20763.


People find all kinds of creative ways to wire things. White wires are always supposed to be neutrals and therefore should always go with other white wires, and colored wires should always be hot and should always go with other colored wires. If you have a voltage tester you could test to see if in fact the blue wire is actually the hot and the white is actually the neutral. (test each wire to a ground). If the previous fan was wired backwards, it would not affect the operation of the fan or lights at all. But you'd probably want to make sure the new fan was wired properly. In that case connect the white from the fan to the neutral and the black and black/white to the hot.

Jan 30, 2009 | Hunter 52" Ceiling Fan With Light And...

1 Answer

How to wire a remote control ceiling fan, without using remote.


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.

Jul 05, 2008 | Hampton Bay 04383 Calibre Ceiling Fan

2 Answers

2 many ceiling wires


ok lori connect the fan wires like this-----white from fan to both white wires---blue from fan to red---black from fan to both black wires then copper wires to a ground.let me know.

Jan 15, 2008 | Hampton Bay 46056 Callaway II Ceiling Fan

Not finding what you are looking for?
Fans Logo

Related Topics:

599 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Fans Experts

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers

Steve

Level 3 Expert

3287 Answers

 Jack Jr
Jack Jr

Level 2 Expert

45 Answers

Are you a Fan Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...