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How to rewire a table fan to rotate in reverse direction

I wanted to convert a 3 speed wall fan to a single wall switch so that when I turn it on, it will run in a maximum speed. But, when I have connected the wires, it runs in a opposite direction. From the fan coil, it comes out 4 wire. 1 black wire, which I have connected to the neutral incoming cable. 3 more wires, which indicated High,Medium & Low, were connected to the Live incoming cable. After connected to the incoming supply, the fan runs in the opposite direction. Please advise how do I reconnect these wires to make the fan runs in correct direction. thanks RICHARD GAN

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Reversing the rotation of electric motors can be done easily with 3-phase motors. This can be easily achieved by swapping the connection of any two motor leads. But 3-phase motors are usually found and used for industrial purposes. The ones found and used in our homes, from water pumps to electric fans, are single phase capacitor-start type motors. Unlike 3-phase motors, reversing the rotation of single phase electric motors is no easy task. Swapping any two motor leads will not result in the reversal of the motor rotation. Analysis of the motor windings and connections are necessary before any modification can be done to achieve the desired result. Let's take a 3-speed single phase capacitor-start electric motor with electrical diagram shown below as an example. Make sure the motor is disconnected from the power supply before attempting to follow this tip. This tip is intended only for individuals with electrical knowledge, necessary tools, and understand the risks associated with handling electrical equipments and devices.

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