I have a ceiling fan with light fixtures that I broke. I cant figure out
what make and model. I tried to replace the 3 speed switch. The switch I
replaced with is the exact same kind as the previous. After I installed (all
color wires in exact same positions) I flipped the breaker switch and the
lights and fan came on just fine. I tried to pull the chain on the switch
and then I heard a large pop sound and now the fan and the lights are not
Ive been reading through previous posts and I cant exactly put my finger on
it... Capacitor? Motor?
Good luck with this. I too have a ceiling that I cannot identify with a bad
I can't find a suitable replacement switch at a reasonable cost. I'm going
to take the fan down and either replace it with another fan, or just put in
a light fixture.
You mentioned you had an identical replacement switch. I tried "identical"
switches too, both from a local fan store and one of the big home centers.
They didn't work, the motor just hummed. Later I found this page on the web
about how replacement switches can look identical but not work identically
to the original. The page is from the Gulf Coast Fan website
Something to think about, anyway. Good luck!
I agree with those who say it may be a look alike switch, but not the
same switch. If the breaker has tripped, then the switch may still be OK.
If the breaker has not tripped, which I believe it has) then get a new
switch. Make sure you have a switch compatible with your specific make and
model fan. Then follow the installation instructions on the switch, not the
colors from the old switch.
When you go in to do this, I would not be too surprised if one
connection was not properly made and you will find evidence of the short.
If all this does not make total sense, I suggest calling in a
professional who will be able to make quick work of the job.
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