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Outlet not working after installing fan

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Jul 14, 2013, 06:06 PM
Cortney
Outlet not working after installing fan
I installed a ceiling fan the other day. There were three electrical wires (with a positive neutral and ground in each one) coming into the box where the fan was installed. Well I was able to install the fan successfully but now an outlet in my basement is not working. I didn't know the two were related until I went to look at the outlet and unwired it because I thought maybe the outlet itself had gone bad and I would just have to replace it. Well after I unwired the outlet and left just the unhooked wires in the box and turned the power back on at the breaker, the breaker to my room where I previously installed the fan would immediately trip. The only way I could get it to not trip was to connect back the old outlet. Any ideas on why this might be happening and how I could trouble shoot it? Thanks for your help.

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Jul 14, 2013, 09:16 PM
beers1
and while you found out these 2 items go to the same breaker make a note of the breaker # on the back of the outlet and switch covers . also make a note on the breaker door eventually you will know what is on each breaker.

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Jul 15, 2013, 09:59 AM
CommonwealthSparky
Exactly how confident are you in your electrical abilities? Troubleshooting via the web is risky at best. Sounds like you problem started with the fan install so check your wiring there first.


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Jul 17, 2013, 02:28 PM
CommonwealthSparky
Wonder how things turned out. Big Grin Spam bumping.


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