INSTALLING CEILING FANS
I've been trying to install a ceiling fan in my kitchen. Followed the instructions with no problems up until I had to connect the wires; last step. Figured out all the wiring except for the grounding wire, couldn't figure out what to connect it to. There was a clump of wires shoved way up in the ceiling not connected to any part of the old light fixture so I connected it the grounding wire. Needless to say I shorted the house. What do you connect the grounding wire to?
You mean the ground wire from the fan, right?
If your house has modern wiring there should be a bare copper wire in the box or perhaps several twisted together and finally if the box is a metal box connected to a ground screw on the box.
If there are no ground wires in your box, and this is possible if your house was wired before that became the code, there won't be a ground wire in the box. If the rest of your house has not been upgraded, you can tell this is your case if your outlets do not have that third hole centered above or below the two slots. In that case, you probably do have a metal box and can attach the ground wire to the box. (The box may or may not be grounded, but this is the best you can do for your circumstances)
Ceiling fan stopped working
My ceiling fan suddenly stopped working. When I turn it on, there is a hum, but the blades do not move. It is about 13 years old. Is it worth it to try to fix it or should I just replace it? Please help its hot.
If you paid a tremendous amount of money for it, it may be worth it, otherwise just replace it. By the time you get it out, to a shop and get it back, you will probably have been hot for quite a few days. If you didn't pay that much for it, you will most likely pay the repairman the price of a new one to fix it. I consider most common fans "throw-aways".
Most newer ceiling fans are more efficient, safer and energy-wise, and their costs have come down. A thirteen year old fan is not worth fixing.
How do you wire a new ceiling fan in an old house?
We're trying to wire a new ceiling fan in an old house. We can match white to white, black to black and so on but we're missing a set of wires. We can get it to come on when we turn the wall switch on, but you have to use the chains to cut the light and fan off. How can we wire it so that the switch will cut the whole rig off?
If you have only one set of wires protruding from the back of the fan, and you have wired them to the switch, and they both work, whether it's together or independently from each other, when you turn the wall switch to the "off"position with both functions on, they should both turn off. In other words, the one set of wires should control both switches on the assembly. At least, one set does on MY fan/light.
Operating Ceiling Fans
Weird question I guess...
Q : Why do ceiling fans rotate in two different directions?
Basically, besides the nice feeling of a breeze, what is the difference between it blowing down or pulling the air up? I seem to recall reading once about running it one way in winter, and the other in summer.
Not all that weird ! Your guess was fairly accurate. One is supposed to have the fans blow downward in warm weather, in order to enjoy the breeze beneath them, and upward in cool weather, So.'s to distribute the heat stuck at ceiling level throughout the room.
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