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4 wire from ceil box (copper, white, black, red. Ceil fan

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4 wire from ceil box (copper, white, black, red. Ceil fan with no light fixture has only 3 wires (green-ground, black and white. What do I do with the red wire from ceiling box
Buster
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.
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1) Is the ceiling box controlled by a wall switch?
2) If so, perform a visual inspection on the wall switch and confirm that the switched loop is a red wire.
3) If you have an AC voltmeter available, this can also assist in identifying the red ceiling box wire.
4) How will the fan be controlled? Remote or pull chain or fan controller wall switch?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
1) Yes, controlled by was switch (on and off)
2) Yes, red wire is in the loop / switch box.
3) Don't have one.
4) Just by the on and off switch at the box (normal light switch)
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the replies.
1) If the ceiling box only contains 1 black, 1 red, 1 white and 1 bare copper ground wire and the red is the switched loop coming off of the switch. If wanting to control the fan from the existing wall switch, the ceiling box red wire will splice to the ceiling fan black wire and the fan will be controlled by the wall switch.
2) The ceiling black wire should be an "always live" wire and can be confirmed using an AC voltmeter.
3) Splice as follows:
A) Ceiling box red to fan black
B) Ceiling box white to fan white
C) Ceiling box bare copper to fan green
4) Cap off the ceiling black house wire using a plastic wire nut as you won't be using it.
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Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Kevin,
Wired the fan as indicated, it worked perfectly.thanks,Buster
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.
Great job on your behalf Buster.
Glad that all is working OK now.
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