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I installed a fan with light in my daughters room. From the ceiling box are three black wires (two of which are wire knutted together), a green ground and three white wires knutted together. There is only one switch on the wall. I have tried different configurations, but as of now, the two black knutted together are left alone. The blue and black from the fan are connected to the other black, the white to white and green to green. The fan and light work with the pull chain, but the switch does not work as well as 4 of the five outlets in the room. The outlet closest to the switch still works. I installed several fans in the house and didnt have any problems. But this room has many more wires than the others. What should I do?

Robert Wilber
Licensed Philadelphia Electrician
Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765
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Guess what I know?

Contrary to what you state, either the receptacles NEVER worked or you have to have interfered
with the wiring at the ceiling box, or the receptacles would be working.
There are no multiple configurations possible. There is only the way it was originally wired. Period.

You have connected the hot to the fan and cut out the feed to the other part of the circuit.

If you can't undo what you did, then call an electrician.

And besides, you have improperly installed a fan on a box that is not fan-rated and created a hazard. That is why fan-rated boxes were developed. Change the box.
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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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