Electrical Wiring in the Home/Ceiling Fan installation


I am replacing a light in our entryway that is controlled by three switches.  When I installed my ceiling fan I followed the directions connecting each wire as specified, but it does not work.  Where am I going wrong?  How do I get the fan to operate?

I live in a bi-level home.  The light is inside our front door and controlled by a switch beside this door, one at the top of the steps, and one at the bottom of the steps.  There is another light on this circuit as well at the bottom of the steps.  Can I split out the light at the bottom of the steps to it's own switch?  If so, how do I do this?

You should connect the fan exactly as the light fixture was hooked up. If you did that, and it does not work, the wire may not be making contact at the wire nut, the switch on the fan may be off, or it may be defective.

Hooking the light on a separate switch would involve running new wires behind the walls.  It would be hard to tell you how to do it, because there are so many ways to wire a 4 way circuit with multiple lights.
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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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