Electrical Wiring in the Home/Ceiling Fan Instalation


I am switching out a ceiling fan to a new remote control model.

When I removed the old fan I found 2 black wires and 2 white wires coming from the box.

I hooked the wires up just as they were before with both black wires from the box going to the hot from the receiver and both white wires from the box going to the neutral from the receiver.

The fan and light are not working.

From what I have read this appears to be a switch loop connection coming from the switch. Should I have done something different with the additional Black and White wires (capped them off maybe?).



If you connect the blacks together, and the whites together, and the fan is on when the switch is off, and turning on the switch trips the breaker, then you have a switch loop.  The white wire coming in from the power connects to the white fan wire. The black wire coming in connects to either wire going to the switch and the other switch wire connects to the black fan wire. Put a piece of tape on the white wire going to the switch to show it is a hot wire.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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