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Hello, I need to replace the double switch on my Delonghi 3107 heater radiator (one of the switches is broken). Before removing the switch, there is a pair of 6 cables that need to be unplugged from the switch before removing it; the cables go on the upper, middle, and bottom part of the switch. On top goes two black cables, and either on the bottom part or in the middle go the other pair of white or black cables. I really cannot remember if the white ones go on the middle section of the switch or if they go on the lower part, could anyone help me? Thank you.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 2 way light switches in the hall
there are too many ways to wire a 2 way switch circuit (3 way switch) to mess with, the two most common ways, will trip out the circuit if wired to each other, (one kind at each end, hope that makes sense), the most common mistake, will put 110v to the metal plate of the switch and switch box, not good
a sparky will take 5 minutes to determine which wiring pattern is used, and install the switch
Posted on Sep 26, 2008
SOURCE: how to connect light switch
Nope, you have the wrong type of switch. The old one is what is called a 3-way switch. You need to purchase a replacement 3-way. The switch you currently have is a standard on/off switch and can not be used in that situation.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
If I understand you question (if not please clarify) you have a switch and outlet combo and you have a box with a black and white coming in one side and a black and white going out the other side. Here's the deal the switch side only deals with the black (hot) lines but the outlet needs a common (white) line so there should be two brass posts the black coming in goes to the bottom brass post and the black going out to the light goes to the top. You should now have two silver posts and these take the white lines they are common to each other (electrically speaking that means they are two ends of the same wire to put it simply) In the event you only have one silver post tie both whites to that one. if this was a switch box the two whites would be tied together with a wire nut and shoved in the back.
good luck I hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 28, 2009
The gold terminal is usually the "hot" terminal (black wire), the silver terminal is "neutral" (white wire). Remember to turn off the power before you work on it.
Posted on Apr 19, 2009
SOURCE: I have a Leviton 5634
Review old switches:
Two old switches > each has 2 wires
Old switch 1 > Red and White
Old switch 2 > Black and White
The same white wire connects to both switches, so effectively they count as 1 wire
This means you have 3 wires ... 1 White, 1 Red, 1 Black
Each switch controls a separate load (light, fan, motor)
New Leviton double-rocker switch:
-Leviton has 2 Brass-colored screws on one side, and these screws are connected together by a brass plate >> your Hot wire will connect to brass screw
-Leviton has 2 Silver-colored screws on other side, and neither of these screws are connected in any way >> the wires going to each load will connect on a different screw on this side of switch.
Hot wire: Each box in your house has exactly 1 hot wire that is connected back to breaker box. This is true for all boxes (excluding boxes that have a 3-way & 4-way switches).
We need to identify Hot wire.
-By code the Hot wire is black for identification purposes ... but your box sounds like maybe the Hot wire is White.
-If your Hot wire is white, that is NOT an immediate safety issue ... it will not cause a fire or malfunction ... it is a code violation ... because code requires things be uniform so next electrician knows what previous guy did. So some day, electrician working outside grabs wrong color wire, and wow. I say this so you know.
Identify Hot wire:
-Pull 3 wires up so they can be tested
-Turn on power
-Use ordinary tester, or old lamp with plug cut off and wires stripped back
-Tape tester lead to sticks so hands are away from voltage
-Power is on. Don't stand in water or touch metal pipes, and you're fine.
-You have 3 wires in box + ground wire
-Test all 3 wires to bare ground wire >> when tester lights up, that is Hot wire ... testing is complete
Connect wires to Leviton double-rocker:
-Power is OFF.
-You have 3 wires - 1 White, 1 Black, 1 Red >> one is Hot wire, the other two wires go to load
-Hot wire connects to Brass-colored screws on new Leviton.
-Brass colored screws are connected together by a brass plate so the Hot does not need to connect to both brass screws.
-The other two wires connect to Silver screws on other side of new Leviton switch
-One wire goes to each silver screw
-Connect bare ground wire to green screw.
-Push wires back into box. Use eraser end of pencil if needed.
-Make sure ground wire is back and away from screws on switch
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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