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Bathroom extractor fan old vs new wiring?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Lee9998474, 4 Apr 2021.

  1. Lee9998474

    Lee9998474

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    Morning all,

    I’m currently trying to replace an old bathroom extractor fan. I presumed the motor had burned out because it’s long since stopped working and the property I live in is approx. 25 years old.

    I’ve wired it up what I think is the right way, but while the light comes on the fan doesn’t.

    The site won’t let me post a pic but the old wiring was:

    red - live
    blue - neutral
    Yellow - live split

    the new fan is currently wired like this:

    Red - live
    Blue - neutral
    Yellow - split live

    Any ideas where I’m going or is this beyond a quick swap the old fan out for a new one type job?
     
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    Have you checked if there is a fan isolator somewhere that has been turned off?
     
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    Yes I’ve looked but can see any.
     
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    Do you have a voltage tester or multimeter?
     
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    No, I did think if I had one I’d be able to check to see there’s power in the split feed.

    the bathroom light turns on but as the fan won’t start up, it must be a problem with the split power supply?
     
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    What's a "split" power supply? Do you mean the switched live?

    Anyways, you are going to need a two probe voltage test device, a multimeter at least. This magic wands and neon screwdrivers might shhow if there's power to the permanent and switched live, but they can't detect the presence of the neutral, and that is an essential ingredient!

    PS. You could check that the wire is properly terminated at the fan, sometimes the screw is on to the insulation and not making contact.
     
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