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Controller (s) not working

I have 2 Maestro Fan/light Dimmer Ma-lfqhw-wh Fan-light Dimmers on 2 seperate circuits in my house. 1. in the living room. 1 in the dining room. each are on seperate circuit breakers and were installed on the same date. Today neither are working.. the LED for the fan porton is on the lowest setting and is solid. The LED for the lighting control is "cycling" up and down.. both controlers are doing the same thing... Any suggestions?

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  • him101 May 15, 2009

    tried all the pull chains in different combonations.. bypassed the switch unit as well. the default possition should be fan on and lights on full intensity., Not working.. I think it may be the canopy units

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Someone used the pull chain on both units. Whenever you install a remote or wall-mounted dimmer, it's always best to cut the chains short (after setting the fan to high) to prevent someone who doesn't know any better from using them.

Download the installation sheets here:

http://www.lutron.com/cms400/PageBuyNow.aspx?id=16977&mn=1815

Posted on May 15, 2009

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    badenhop May 24, 2009

    Have you reset your circuit breaker(s)? If not, please try again and post your results.

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