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    Asked Sep 19, 2008, 09:45 AM 15 Answers
    Hello,

    I need help with my Harbor Breeze fan. The fan light is working but the fan itself is not working. I wanted to use the remote which has only black and white wires on the side that goes to the wall and I do not know where those wires go because I have an extra red that doesn't go anywhere then. I'd settle to have the fan work without it though.

    There is a white,black,red,and bare wire coming from the ceiling. The white is to the white the black to the black the red to the blue and the bare to the green. I have the light working but not the fan.

    Also, the fan in the bedroom was working fine but now it does not work either and the light works there but not the fan. I do not know if it has anything to do with me working on the fan downstairs or not but it is really weird because that fan was working fine and now it does not work either.

    Thank you for all your help!

    By the way, the fan is a Harbor Breeze fan and the fan in the bedroom is a Hunter fan.

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    Sep 19, 2008, 02:29 PM
    Do either of these fans have pullchains?

    Also, were they working at one time, or have they never worked correctly?
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    Sep 22, 2008, 06:36 AM
    I was able to figure out what was wrong with the one downstairs. It seems that it was a broken pull chain box, which caused the black wire to come loose and therefore the fan did not work.
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    Sep 22, 2008, 06:38 AM
    The other fan in the bedroom still does not work and it was working fine before (Sept. 12th).

    I found that the black wires (hot wires) were no longer hot and I couldn't figure out how that would happen. I tried to turn the circuit off and then back on but that did not help.

    The light in the bedroom works, just like the one downstairs, but it seems that this one has a problem of the black wires not being hot.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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    Sep 22, 2008, 09:43 PM

    You talking about the ceiling black wires? Do you have a voltmeter?
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    Sep 23, 2008, 06:42 AM
    I have a tester, which I put up to the black wires, one from the ceilng and one from the remote for the fan.

    The black wires were not hot, they did not beep or have a charge.

    I don't know why this would happen as no one was touching the wires before and now the fan does not work but the light has been working.

    Thanks!
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    Sep 23, 2008, 11:32 AM

    Ok, you put the tester between the black and white wires from the ceiling.
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    Sep 24, 2008, 06:23 AM

    I put the tester on the two black wires and did not receive a beep or light on the tester.

    The switch was on and it did not receive a charge. I'm not sure where to go from here.

    The fan was working fine and now it won't work at all. The wires were set up correctly since it worked before but for some reason the fan has decided not to work.

    I don't want to have to take the hunter fan back to Lowe's but if I have to I will. But I think the problem is the wiring and not the fan itself.

    Thanks for all your help!
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    Sep 24, 2008, 06:30 AM

    Do not test "on the two black wires " test between the black and the white.
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    Sep 24, 2008, 09:37 AM

    Thank you I will do that. I was testing the black wires individually though. Would that matter?

    Also, this still leaves the question as to why the fan won't work when all the wiring it set up correctly and it worked before. I'm thinking about trying to take it back and have them look at it but the light works fine.
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