I have a problem with a variable fan control being reversed. Off is
off... but that's the only thing that's normal. The low setting
results with the fan at max speed and the high setting causes the fan
to run at it's lowest speed. I've tried three different fan controls.
I've tried one that is labeled 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.
0 = off
1 = high
2 = slower
3 = slower still
4 = slowest
I also tried a rotary type where as I rotate it clockwise out of the
off position, it goes to high speed. As I continue to rotate it
further, the fan runs slower.
This runs contrary to every variable speed adjustment I've every seen
for fans. I'm worried that there may me another issue (bad wiring, fan
This is exactly how it should be for a fan. It is easier on the motor to
start in high then be turned down lower if desired. Also most people when
they reach for the fan they are warm and want to move a lot of air as soon
I believe because the motor may not have enough torque on the lowest
speed setting to start the fan if you just switch it directly to the
lowest speed, but briefly passing through high speed will get the
blades spinning so the motor doesn't burn out.
That would surprise me. You can leave the fan set on Low, then turn it
on and off with the wall switch. I've done this with every fan I've ever
owned, and none of them have had a problem. Low is the right speed for
me most of the time.
I used to sell ceiling fans, and I was never trained to tell customers
to start them on high. Of course, that's no proof.
I can't tell you how many fans I've installed over the years (billions
and billions?), and I've never had a call-back because a fan burned out.
I HAVE, however, seen some that have worn out from old age and constant
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