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Hampton Bay ceiling fan - will not reverse

I bought a house with Hampton Bay ceiling fan installed in a vaulted ceiling. The fan runs in all three speeds forward (air moving down). I do not have a remote; judging from the problems with the remotes, I am glad for that. There are two wall switches – one controls the light and the other the fan – those work properly. There are pull chains for the light and the speed switch for the fans – those work properly. There is a sliding switch on the side of the fan – when the switch is moved to the left, the fan runs forward. When the switch is moved to the right, the fan stops running. Could this be a problem with this reversing switch on the fan or the capacitor on the motor?

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It sounds like the direction switch has a broken connection on the "reverse" side.  Should be an easy fix (but you might need a soldering iron).

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Arlington Industries makes a nice ceiling fan universal mounting box that can be used in place of having an extreme angle on the downrod. The other benefit of this method is that the fan isn't prone to wobbling and is more secure.

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