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Power switch broken

The power switch is broken on my Vornado AVH2. I just need a replacement switch. The unit runs when the leads of switch are connected. So it is definitely the power switch that is the problem. I am an electrical engineer so I can replace the switch myself.

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    Jay C Jan 08, 2017

    What do you all think of wiring the leads together and just making it always on whenever plugged in? Is this a viable option? ps- same problem here, I'm not finding the correct switch available.


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I found the switch. But the only place I can find it has a minimum order of over a hundred units.
The switch seems to be a Lamb Industries RR111C1021-116
Anyone have an idea where to buy just one or two? The website for Straight Road Electronics, Inc. let me order 2 but the next day they wrote back with the order cancelled because, despite their web form, they have a minimum quantity on it.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010

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I have the exact same problem...Have you found a place to buy a switch for the AVH2? I'm a licensed electrical contractor and I can replace the switch myself as well...if I knew where to get a switch. Thanks.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009

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