Sorry for the length, but I don't know how else to explain it. If you can
help, I would be very grateful.
The light bulbs on my kitchen fan kept blowing, one by one, and eventually
none worked, not even those that I KNOW didn't blow. (I had tested them
elsewhere, and they worked fine.) At one point I remember pulling on that
thin rope that operates the light fixture, and it came right out. It
appeared to me that I couldn't "reattach" the rope and so I decided to
replace the switch. But before doing that I tested the power at the dimmer
switch, and it appeared that the dimmer switch went out, which may have
explained the "good" bulbs not working.
So, I replace the light fixture switch. It's a small black switch with two
leads. I am pretty sure that I reassambled the fan/lights everything
EXACTLY in the reverse order in which I disassembled it. It was pretty
straight forward because all the white leads were congregated in one wire
connector and all the black leads in the other wire connector. (Question:
does it matter if I had reversed the connection of the two leads on the
switch that I replaced?)
Then I replaced the dimmer switch (single pole) and connect the three leads
coming out of the wall in the EXACT same way in which they were connected to
the old dimmer switch. The lights in my kitchen worked, but the lights that
lead to the basement and the garage lights DIDN'T work. They are obviously
operated by different switches, but they are in the same circuit,
apparently. There was no power at these other locations. I checked all the
breakers, and they are fine; however, kitchen, basement and garage all use
the same circuit breaker.
The leads coming out of the wall in the kitchen are all the same color, so I
didn't know what's what (though I could have determined that with a
volt-meter, but I wouldn't know how to interpret the results, other than
there is juice or there isn't). So I tried all six combinations (i.e. three
leads going to three different terminals in the switch).
Depending on the combination in which I make my connections, I get (1) no
lights anywhere, (2) lights only in the kitchen; or (3) lights only in the
basement/garage but kitchen switch must be on.
When I remove the switch altogether, I get the same thing if I connect these
three leads to each other, leaving one not connected.
I am not sure if I explained my self correctly. Thanks for any help you may
be able to provide.
Elena Sofia Ricci