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Wire tests hot, but no power to ceiling fan

I am installing a ceiling fan. Fan works when plugged into an outlet in the house. Wire to the box is hot when tested. Connections from 12-2 wire are solid. Yet, fan does not work when wired to the box. ...ANY TIPS?
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Posted 2015-06-25T23:02:46+0000  by jpriddy jpriddy
When you tested for power in the ceiling box, what tool did you use to test it and how did you test it?

Under certain circumstances a non-contact tester will give a false positive as can a digital multimeter, although with the digital readings will often be in the 50-90 volt range.

It's called phantom or ghost voltage.  In those situations it's it's best to use a solenoid type tester (aka "Wiggy") or add resistance to the circuit with something like light bulb.

You should test from hot to neutral and from hot to ground.  If you get power to ground but not to neutral, then there is a break in the neutral side of the circuit.  A bad ground should also be investigated, even if the fan works.

Posted 2015-06-26T10:44:08+0000  by Adam444
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