This fan is from about 5-10 years ago. Took it apart to use the motor for something else and the wires popped out of the switch... it is a 4-position switch (off low med high) there are the 2 white wires leading to outlet plug) (not sure where to put them) and a green ground. the switch has four colored wires coming from motor into switch: black, blue, red, white.
The black and blue wires are in place in position - blk-1, blu-2, which leaves the red and white wires to put in position L or 3 but since I don't know wiring I'm not sure if these are supposed to go here (and which) or in the additional two slots (which for the moment I'm assuming are for the white cord/extension/outlet wires).
I got the same problem with the wires on this exact switch of the exact fan and aswell 5 to 10 years old heres the type of switch that this fan uses --> any idea? btw im checking the case where the velocitys are marked let me put u the order goes like the this HIGH_ _ MEDIUM OFF------ O ------ LOW http://www.nelsonappliance.com/Lakewood+Switches+for+HV-18+Fan+%7C+HV-12+%7C+P25+Fan.html
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Try replacing the "start-run" capacitor. It is the rectangular black box mounted on a tab next to the motor inside the cage, two wires attached (cut them close as close to the capacitor body as possible). Other symptoms include not moving at all with a hum, and getting very hot. The capacitor is a 5% tolerance 8 microfarad rated at 250vac. It doesn't have to be the exact form factor but it does have to be heat rated at or above 70C per design parameters of the fan.
WARNING! Make sure to protect the leads properly because this capacitor is connected directly to the power mains during operation. If one of the leads electrically shorted against the fan housing or cage could cause a catastrophic failure of the fan, and possibly a fire, and possibly give a nasty shock to whoever was switching on the fan at the time.
did you take the out the old switch/ if not follow the colors to the switch and to the motor. you will find numbers on the switch, the wires coming off the motor go into the switch, if you have the light and the switch that run the temperature you can take that out and just run the wires direct to the switch and follow them up from the motor to your switch and like i said red wire, blue wire,white wire,orange wire,brown wire,yellow wire,2 black wires,you should have these wires coming off the motor and they go to the switch,the front of the switch has these number on front A in upper left and on the right side S 2 the bottom left side should have S 1 and the right side of the bottom should have B, you will need a small screwdriver to push the small metal plate that hold the wire in , just push light in the hold and the wire will come out, make a map of what wire go wear and you in a new fan.if you took it apart already then i have to tell what color go wear on the switch from the motor.
Maybe you tripped over it so hard you de soldered the wires form the inside. Have you openned it? Try it out if you didn't. Check the power cord and follow it all the way into the motor (with the motor openned). Check if one or both cables on the inside are desoldered.
you have 3 control wires (the 3 speeds) and a common wire. the common wire will go directly from the fan motor to the power source/cord and the other 3 leads will run through the switch. you could even use a standard dimmer-style lighting rheostat and connect it to the common and "high" fan speed wire and have infinitely variable fan speeds. hope that helps.
Is this the speed switch itself? These multi-speed fans have 4 or 5 wires which come from the motor which go into the speed select switch. The wiring may have the ends stripped, and this stripped end just pushes into the hole on the switch, and a little metal piece grips that stripped end.
Anyway, one possibility is to contact the manufacturer- look on their website or give them a call, see if a tech can give that info. Another poss. is to locate an identical fan and note the wiring locations on it. You can also experiment trial and error, though caution needs to be exercised here.
unplug the fan!
1 remove the six screws that hold the front grille on.
2 use an allen wrench to loosen the screw that secures the fan blade assembly to the motor shaft. (screw is between the blades and the motor and it is on tight, make sure that you do not bend the fan blades, this would cause balance problems)
3 remove blade
4 you will now have access to the screws that hold the motor cover in place.
5. when reassembling make sure that the strain relief (or knot in the cord on some models) is inside the motor cover, and that wires are not being pinched.
6. Good luck