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I have two celing fans running on one main wire. They both…

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I have two celing fans...
I have two celing fans running on one main wire. They both worked with separate switches for the lights. I recently installed a new fan to replace an older one. I can not get the fan to work. I have behind the light switches one hot line that comes down with a black, white, and bare wire, and two lines going up with the same wiring configuration. If you can please give me some advice on how to make this work I would appreciate it.
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Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago
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Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. Tell me how you connected the new fan, how many wires and their colors in the box and the number and colors of the fan wires?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The new fan had a white,black, and green wire. I connected the White to white, black to black, and green to bare.
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

Your new fan is wired with a common feed to the light and fan motor thru a remote receiver. That makes it dependant on one switch and you'll not have independent control from the existing switches.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
can I some how make them both work? If the switches need to be eliminated that is ok
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

With the other fan being wired off 2 switches, the only thing you can do is install a universal remote in it. Put each fan on one switch and use them as an override to the remotes. That will give you operation but not together.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The new fan comes with a remote, is there anyway to wire it so that only one has a switch?
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

The problem is that the old fan is operated by 2 switches. One for the light and one for the fan. Putting the new fan on either will make it operate either with the light or fan with the old fan. You can get a universal remote for the old fan, replace the new fan that doesn't have a remote or get a second new fan. Those are your options.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I can get the remote...that is not a problem...once I purchas that how do I connect the wires behind the old switches after removing the switches?
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago
Each switch will remain as they were originaly. Each fan will then be on its own switch and the functions will be via the remotes.
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