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What color wire goes to what numbers? Does it matter?

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SOURCE: hunter cieling fan switch replacement

My switch broke, so I'm in the process of replacing it.

Before taking it apart, I made note of the wire colors:

3=Lt Blue

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SOURCE: 3 speed switch 4 wires where do they go????

corrected by trial and error

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These fans do not have a standard color code for the fan switch. What you can do is turn off the power, keep the white neutral connected. Then using the black power wire take one of the switch wires and connect to that black, turn the power on and observe the speed .. low mark it 1, medium mark it 2, high mark it 3. Repeat untill you have identified all the speed wires. Then connect these wires to the 1,2,3, terminations of your new switch

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SOURCE: Fan switch replacement, Ellington fan

That would depend on the make and model of the fan. best to check the manufactorer web site for this information or call them if you do not have internet.

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I have the color codes for that switch but I can send you a photo

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It does not matter whether the power goes to the fan unit or to the switch box, you still need 3 insulated wires going between the switich and the fan, and the ground wire as a 4th wire. If power is at switch, you will have white as nuetral feed to fan and 2 blacks (or a red and a black) one each to bring power for light and power for fan or heater element. ( if so equiped). If power is to fan unit, the white wire must have a piece of colored tape (red, orange, blue, brown) and this whtie wire is attached to the black power wire. The tape shows that this is not a neutral. The tape has to be at both ends of the white. Now, the other 2 wires (blk & blk or red & blk) can be atteched to the switch and carry the elec. to the fan light, blower, and or heater. Goodluck, Macgivor

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