In one of my bathrooms there is a fan/light combo installed. When I
turn the switch on the light comes on, but the fan does not. I took them
apart and plugged the fan into a regular plug and it worked. I looked at
the way the wiring is in the box and everything looks good. Why doesn't the
fan work when installed, but works in a regular plug?
Any help would be greatly appreciated...
To state the obvious, you have an open somewhere between the fan and power
source. Check wire nut connections. Or a wire can be broken inside the
insulation. Did you test continuity with a meter? Does it have a separate
wire from the switch to the fan? If so, the contact for the light may be
good and the contact for the fan is bad.
Thanks for the info. I went back and checked a few things out and I forgot
to mention that the light switch has three switches. One switch turns on a
totally separate set of lights and works fine. The second switch operates
the fan only and on this switch the fan works great. The third switch
operates the light and fan at the same time and the light comes on, but the
fan does not. The light is a florescent type and while the light flickers
to come on there is a noise coming from inside the unit and it sort of hums.
Is there a part of the unit that completes the circuit that would cause the
fan not to work if trying to be used at the same time as the light? There
is another piece up there I do not know what it is, but if I were to guess I
would guess it to be a relay of some sort for the use of a florescent bulb.
I think what he means is that it is one switch with 3 positions. One
position light, one position fan, one position light and fan. I'm guessing
the fan and light operate separately but in the position for both on, the
fan doesn't come on. If there really are three separate switches running off
of a master switch, then I'd need a schematic to see what he has, but I
don't he knows himself what he has or how it is wired. Guessing at what he
probably has, I still think it's a bad switch.
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