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Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.
Can you give me the model number of the timer you wish to install?
15313 v2 made by GE
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX you remember which wires the old timer was connected to?
no not really
Since there are no loose wires, some of them have been joined together. Needing to single out the light wire and power wire.
Is this the only switch for that light?
So, is power on now?
is the light on by chance?
it wasnt working before
that is why I am replacing the timer
is there another switch in the box? or is it only a single switch?
ok, do you have a voltage tester?
Now, since there are 3 white wires, that means there are 3 cables in that box. 2 with black and white, one with black,red and white. Can you verify?
that is correct
since the light was not working before, do you know "if" there is another switch for the light? Is there a switch anywhere that you do not know what it controls by chance?
no this is the small office of the house and their is only one switch for the ceiling light
ok, that ws my next question, where is the light. So there is one overhead light that this timer is to operate?
Please test, one lead to the ground wire and one lead to the 2 blacks that are joined together.
give me that reading
Now, is the light only a light or is it a ceiling fan also?
I can probably say since this is a newly built house it probably has wiring for a fan but right now it only is just a light
Ok, you are answering my questions before I ask them, lol. Next was age of the home.
With the red wire, that shows a 3 wire cable which is used for ceiling fans and lights today
So, this is what we need to do. 1. Turn off power 2. Connect the timer--green to the bare ground, black to the 2 blacks together. 3. Blue to the red and black together
ok stand by
light did not come on
timer has no power
Verify the Power slide switch inside the button is set to the ON position.
the switch has a switch for power
everything is working now
the power slide turns the timer on and off for operation, yes
can you explain the blue wire and what is it
Excellent, light came on?
The Blue wire is the"load" wire. Meaning it connects to the wire that the light is actually connected to
ok and yes the light came on
The black wire is for power
Red on the timer?
so I am a little confused why did they tie the red and black cable together
in the box
You have a red and black wire that are in the 3 wire cable to the ceiling box.
That way, if you ever installed a ceiling fan and light, you could separate the 2 and use a double switch in the box to control them separately
Right now, we dont know which the light is connected to, so keep them together.
ok now I am on board.
thanks for everything