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Three way switch confusion

 
 
rdub88
 
Reply Mon 3 Jul, 2017 01:11 am
I'm new to electrical here. My father is experienced but stumped as well helping us install recessed lighting and a ceiling fan. We have two four-gang switches to control the three rows of lights and fan from either side of room. We followed this diagram:

https://www.google.com/search?q=wiring+3+way+switch&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=isvn&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&fir=8M616FiEqVy1_M%253A%252CBKKSsfQxBWtmSM%252C_%253BNjGm7a6tuG2HHM%253A%252CVLSU4zlyOkLCZM%252C_%253BJi9Gb5NMFn7kcM%253A%252C9dUbWyuanKdYsM%252C_%253B4a_JkuHNL-HnEM%253A%252CVLSU4zlyOkLCZM%252C_%253BUg9iIyZEXmZJDM%253A%252CeZB7nrZQM-2GsM%252C_%253Bt6S0-ABOQBZCBM%253A%252CeZB7nrZQM-2GsM%252C_%253BTCHm65oBRxB22M%253A%252CBKKSsfQxBWtmSM%252C_%253B3Z4Ct83GyIDbbM%253A%252CVLSU4zlyOkLCZM%252C_%253BnsHV8a4XURi1PM%253A%252CawOwJDxgeYCfxM%252C_%253BB8z5OExHrZkeKM%253A%252Cx-IOxtiKVXZF2M%252C_&usg=__tTuO99BeRSy5gTsvdVKR80DFIt4%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO_fv7hejUAhVn64MKHdohDhUQ7AkIMQ&biw=375&bih=628&dpr=2#imgdii=xSJJTBiRTWHYnM:&imgrc=8M616FiEqVy1_M:

When we test everything, each row of lights turns on and off correctly from either switch. The fan wiring however is always on. ( the fan itself is not installed yet, but the wiring hanging from the ceiling is constantly hot when checked.) We've tried a different identical switch but same result.

Help? Suggestions? Thanks Smile
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Reply Mon 3 Jul, 2017 07:37 am
@rdub88,
There are often two hot wires coming into a fan box. One is always hot for the fan and the other is controlled by the light switch for the light kit on the fan. They do this so the fan can be controlled by the pull cord and the fan can be on when the light is not. Make sure you have the right wire, the one that is controlled by the light switch.
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