Asked on May 9, 2020

Ground wire for ceiling fan?

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I'm trying to replace my ceiling fan and can't seem to figure out if the wire with the orange cap in the bottom of my picture is the ground wire?


Thanks for any help!

12 answers
  • Mogie
    on May 9, 2020

    Maybe it is just me but I don't see an orange cap. Just 2 red caps.

    • Gk
      on May 9, 2020

      Click on the picture to enlarge it and you can see the orange cap.

  • Deb K
    on May 9, 2020

    Hi Kate, normally ground wires might be bare or covered in green insulation. They also should be connected to the bare wires from the cable. Hope this helps you out

  • Joseph S Boscoe
    on May 9, 2020

    Looks like you are not grounded the orange wire may be a connection for you fan to seperate it from the lights. Easiest way is to test the box to any connections with proper tools. Good luck and be safe. Ask an electrician it may keep you safe in the long run. GOD BLESS

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on May 10, 2020

    There is no ground wire only hot wires in the box. Also wiring is extremely old. You really need an electrician for this. A ground wire is usually a bare copper wire. Be careful.

  • SawHorse Design Build
    on May 10, 2020

    Cloth wiring is not safe. Most old cloth wires did not come with a ground wire because that the time of installation grounding was not common or called for. To see why cloth is not safe please read- https://www.theelectricconnection.com/cloth-insulated-wiring/


    Old electrical wires are a common cause for house fires.

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on May 11, 2020

      The issue is more with the potential of the cloth coming loose and the wires arcing which could cause the fire. Most houses don't have arc fault breakers which would protect them if there was an issue. If replacing the wires is not an option, then upgrading the breakers would be the next best thing to keep everyone safe.

  • Cynthia H
    on May 10, 2020

    I agree that this doesn't look safe. Electricity can be very dangerous. Do you have enough experience to do this? An injury or worse is more expensive than an electrician. I paid one for an hour of his time (his minimum) and he fixed an issue that had myself and everyone I asked stumped. He was nice enough to explain it to me so I learned something that I didn't know and it only took him a few minutes. Stay safe!

  • Flipturn
    on May 10, 2020

    I agree with others who have said the situation showing in the picture you posted does not look safe. There is visible rust, the wires look brittle, and the old coverings are fraying.


    To be safe, I would say call in an electrician to remove the entire housing and rewire a new fan installation according to updated standards and with new materials.

  • Rymea
    on May 10, 2020

    No it is not a ground wire. Trying to ground your ceiling fan in this box with the current wiring isn't possible.


  • Janice
    on May 10, 2020

    Your pic looks as though you may have old "knob I& tube" wiring runing to your fan.....very unsafe. If you have an electrician look at it you may be in for a surprise and much rewiring in your home. Even so, to be safe, I would contact a licensed electrician who has lots of prior experience and knows the current regulations of your City.

  • William
    on May 10, 2020

    Nope. It's not. The wiring is so old that a ground wire was not used. A ground wire would have green insulation. Connect the ground wire from the fan to one of the screws. That would be your ground. I wouldn't worry about the cloth. Your wires are insulated with a cloth jacket to keep them together. The link Sawhorse provided is for individual wires wrapped in cloth with no insulation.

  • Chevy5101
    on May 12, 2020

    You should call a licensed electrician , period .

  • Flipturn
    on May 14, 2020

    For anyone who is not familiar with knob and tube wiring, here are a couple of pictures showing what it looks like.

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