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 Posted: Mon Feb 22nd, 2021 08:32 pm
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Don Fullbright
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I have a GE fan 172899. It is a single speed. I have ran new wiring from the motor and new wiring to the switch. I cannot figure it out to wire it up. Could someone show how to wire it up? I can get it to work but you cannot turn it off orn on. Thank your very much

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 Posted: Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 12:40 pm
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Tom Lefaivre
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Connect one of the wire pairs like you have done, then put the other pair (usually the hot) to either pole of the switch.

Edit: This is how I did it on my little Westinghouse Whirlwind fan. One comes from the motor and goes to the switch, one comes from the plug and goes to the switch. The other two that are left are joined and go sttaight to the motor. The white goes to the motor, the black goes to the switch. Never mind the different colours of wire jacket, the head wire is hidden so I just used whatever I had left from another project. 




Last edited on Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 07:45 pm by Tom Lefaivre

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 Posted: Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 06:11 pm
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Noah Britt
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Hot (black) goes to the switch, and the motor wire that originally connected to the switch goes to the other side of the switch. Neutral (white) connects straight to the motor wire that originally didn't go to the switch. Hot needs to be the side that is broken by the switch, so the motor won't be live when the fan is off.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 23rd, 2021 09:28 pm
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David Hoatson
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Noah Britt wrote: Hot (black) goes to the switch, and the motor wire that originally connected to the switch goes to the other side of the switch. Neutral (white) connects straight to the motor wire that originally didn't go to the switch. Hot needs to be the side that is broken by the switch, so the motor won't be live when the fan is off.
Alternatively:

On fans with a switch lever in the base, if the plastic handle breaks off the switch lever, you can get shocked. 

Or, if the switch lever metal touches the metal fan base, the body of the fan can get electrified, giving you a jolt. 

For these reasons, I sometimes use a polarized plug and wire the neutral to the switch wiper. 

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