I tried to install my new ceiling fan only to find that I have one too many elctrical wires coming through my ceiling. But! I plan on conquering this project by 3:00PM today. Wish me lots of luck, and no electrical fires.
One too many wires depends on what you are planning on doing with the fan install.
A simple fan wiring from the house would have 3 wires - Black = hot, White = neutral and Green = ground. Often there is a fourth wire added - Red = hot to lights. Usually the black and the red are switched separately.
For the house to fan connections it's: black to black, white to white, red to blue and green to green (or bare copper). If you are installing a fan only with no light kit then cap off the red and do not connect the blue.
Many fans now come standard with a remote. These only need the basic three wire connections to work. Here to, just cap off the red.
Post any more details if you need to, there are quite a few electrical savvy people here.
Sounds like it's just a switch loop.
Which means the power first comes to the light then the hot lead (black) goes to the switch and back to the light with a red wire.
Look at this drawing and replace the words coded black with red and see if this drawing makes since.
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