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How do you install a ceiling fan with 5 sets of wires?

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How do you install a ceiling fan with 5 sets of wires?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Electrical
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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. Please tell me what you are calling a set of wires.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I've got 5 black and 5 white wires that are two wires per set
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Its an older house this is in master bedroom
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

How many switches in the room controlling the ceiling outlet?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
One
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

Are CV any of the wire connected to each other and how many aren't? Do you have a 2 wire voltage tester?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
They we're hook together but I took them all apart I do have a tester I no which one is hot
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I also know which one is for the switch I tried hooking switch neutral to hot but it trip breaker I was following 4set rule 5 set has me confused
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

What rule?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
One white to all black and the remainder white all together
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What are you thinking
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Hello
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I think if we talk it may make better sense.
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

OK, no matter.

1) test from hot wire to ground. Needed to determine which is the wire to the light.

2) temp connect all the blacks together, with the switch off and all the whites not connected and not touching.

3) test the white wires to ground looking for voltage. The ones not showing voltage are possiblly going to switch.

4) turn the switch on and test the wires that didn't show voltage. The one that is now hot is to the switch.

5) now remove the paired black wire to that white and connect the white with all the blacks. Connect all the remaining whites together.

6) connect the fan to the single black wire and the group of white wires.

It takes time to type an answer. Do you still want a phone call.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Nah I'm going to try what you advised should not take long
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

Very good.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Okay I got to hot white wires
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

You should have the switch off to find the one that isn't hot till you turn the switch on. That's what you're looking for.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Same two hot on and off
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

This are not going to the switch. Reread my instructions.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When switch is off I had two hot whites and same two are hot when switch is on am I suppose to connect two hot whites to the blacks
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

No, this 2 wires connect to the incoming feed white. They are going to other outlets, lights and receptacles. THE ONE THAT WAS DEAD WITH THE SWITCH OFF AND WENT LIVE WITH THE SWITCH ON.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I understand but when the switch was off it did not change when switch was on same three stay neutral same two stayed hot on and off and they are not connected
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

The ones that showed no voltage need to be tested again when the switch is on. The one that shows voltage is the one we're looking for. If nothing changes, disconnect the switch, it may be bad.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have tested with switch on and off same results
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

Remove the switch and test at the ceiling with the wires not connected in the switch box and then with them connected. You may have welded the contacts in the switch previously.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Okay just removed switch and same two white wires show power same three neutral switch is not connected
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

We seem to not getting this done.

You have 5 withe wires

One is the feed neutral.

When the blacks are all together some of the whites will show voltage to ground.

The white wire to the switch, with the switch disconnected should not show voltage to ground.

When the wires are connected at the switch the white wire should now show voltage to ground.

When that white is identified, it should be connected to the group of black wires and its paird black removed from the group.

When the above is completed, the remaining whites are all connected together.

The fan connects to the single black and the group of white wires.

The switch can now be replaced and if necessary a new switch installed.

Of you follow the instructions it should work unless there are issues I'm not aware of.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Okay
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

Let me know how it goes.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I will
Electrician: Mike G., Master Electrician replied 2 years ago

Very good.

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