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Had to replace chain switch on fan/light, in old mobile home.

I bought a HarborBreeze 3 speed/4 wire switch (033905) which has
4 slots (1-2-3 L) but no color/name indicators, for attaching wires
from fan. Old Fan/Light has 4 wires (white - Neut/ black - Hot lead/
red -hot ?/ blue - ?).

Not only do I not know which wire goes where (no instructions) I'm
not sure of the red or blue wire.

Any ideas out there?

Ted Luster
Fresno, CA
tedluster@comcast.net
USMC 67-71 Vietnam 70-71
A friendly Baptist
10 grandkids
thx

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SOURCE: REPLACING DRYER 4 PRONG PLUG

This is common issue. Due to some building codes the 3-prong configuration is no longer used in homes. The wiring is similiar with one exception. The 4-wire plug uses an additonal (WHITE) NEUTRAL wire.

Here's a brief explanation of how the plugs are configured:

Dryer 3 prong wire configuration:

RED - 120 VAC
GREEN - GROUND
BLACK - 120 VAC

Dryer 4 prong wire configuration:

RED - 120 VAC
GREEN - GROUND
BLACK - 120 VAC
WHITE - NEUTRAL

BOTH plugs provide the SAME source voltages to your appliance:

220 VAC - provided across the RED and BLACK leads are what drives your heating circuitry.
120 VAC - usually tapped of the BLACK wire is used to run the drive motor and timer on MOST dryers.

The wire terminal block in the back of the dryer should have a black, white, and red wire running to it from the dryer wiring harness. With the 4 prong plug, simply attach the BLACK, WHITE and RED wires at the terminal block ensuring that you match the RED and BLACK wires as they are configured and attach the WHITE wire at the remaining terminal lug. Make sure you screw them all down securely. Attach the remaining GREEN wire to chassis (dryer frame) ground. I hope ths helps you.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

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SOURCE: I have to change the

  • green = ground (attach directly to the case, should be a green painted screw near the opening
  • red = hot 110v connect to the red on the dryer
  • black = hot 110v connect to the black on the dryer
  • white = neutral connects to the blue (only if the blue is in the middle)
  • neutral is always in the middle with a hot wire on either side of it.
  • also make sure all the connections are tight
let me know if you need more help Mike

Posted on Jul 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Lakewood HV-18 fan... how to wire switch?

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

Posted on Sep 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Maytag dryer MDE4000AYW change 3 prong to a 4 prong

HI thanks for your question. the red to red black to black white to white green goes to the fram of the dryer. thanks hope i was helpful. please rate my answer.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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SOURCE: Replacing old fan with Hunter 20763.

People find all kinds of creative ways to wire things. White wires are always supposed to be neutrals and therefore should always go with other white wires, and colored wires should always be hot and should always go with other colored wires. If you have a voltage tester you could test to see if in fact the blue wire is actually the hot and the white is actually the neutral. (test each wire to a ground). If the previous fan was wired backwards, it would not affect the operation of the fan or lights at all. But you'd probably want to make sure the new fan was wired properly. In that case connect the white from the fan to the neutral and the black and black/white to the hot.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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