Question about Patton Electric Dryers
This 3 speed fan has a radio frequency remote control PCB that has failed. Neither the remote control nor the manual push button control on the PCB work. I would like to replace the PCB with a simple manual 3 speed control switch.
Is this a reasonable request? Where to obtain a suitable 3 speed switch? The fan motor is rated 120 volts, 60 hertz, 2.7 amps.
The fan motor is in good working order. It is a shame that Patton no longer services what they sell.
As the manual push buttons don't work, it is possible the remote and receiver are working ok and the fault is elsewhere on the pcb and is perhaps something your local tv and radio repair shop could tackle.
The motor speed control is probably achieved by electronic rather than electrical methods and it would be more practical to repair the existing system than to attempt modification - finding a suitable 4-position switch capable of reliable operation with an inductive load of nearly 3 amps (plus safety margin) presents one problem, matching it to a method of speed control and installing it neatly and safely is quite another.
Practically speaking and considering the low cost of imported fans, such a conversion is not worth carrying out. There is a worthwhile alternative however...
In the old days there was a ready market for an easy method of controlling the speed of small electric motors and the introduction of the diac and triac and the thyristor made it possible and soon the papers and magazines filled with adverts such as "Control Drill Speeds". That was just the beginning as the success of such devices spawned a host of power controllers and dimmer switches in steps or continuously with just a single control.
You could construct such a device from one of the many available project circuits or buy a power controller ready built. A good one is not cheap but should last a long, long time.
A standard dimmer switch might handle the job but dimmer switches aren't usually suitable for an inductive load.
I hope I have provided food for thought and further research. Good luck!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Okay -- first off, I don't know where she got that number from, but that's idiotic.
The variable-speed switch will provide different readings depending on where it's turned to. If the switch is busted ("open), it will typically display a reading of 'infinity' on your ohmmeter.
And yes -- the best place to find a replacement is Radio Shack, since Casablanca discontinued them.
Casablanca's variable-speed ceiling fans -- specifically the "SlumberQuiet" ones, which were made from circa 1980 or 1981 to the early/mid 1990s when variable-speed was discontinued -- are well-known for breaking down. The problem is almost never the potentiometer (variable-speed dial). Rather, the problem is almost always the resistor which is mounted in the heat-sink inside the fan's motor housing. There are NO replacements left for these -- so Casablanca makes a "variable-speed to 3-speed conversion kit", which will convert your fan to a more normal 3-speed pull-chain (hi-med-low) setup.
I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!
Posted on Jun 17, 2008
The receiver is at the bottom of your fan (just above any light kits), inside a round case about 4 inches tall. You will have to take 3-4 screws out and inside you will see the receiver. It should have an electrical connector going to it with dip switch as well. It will pull right out of the case.
By the way, I am having the same problem and am trying to get ahold of Hunter for a new receiver.
Posted on Jun 19, 2008
If you are up to disassembling your motor, you will find a thermal cutout near the windings which frequently fails open. Replacements are readily available, or just jumper it out. If the bearings are shot or the windings burned you're out of luck. Trust me, a new motor will cost more than a whole new fan.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
I can't see any reason why a Leviton fan speed control couldn't be used on any ceiling fan, after all, I don't even think Leviton makes ceiling fans. Second, you may be able to try using the 1.5 amp fan speed control and see if you can get by. The worst that could happen is the speed control wouldn't work or would only work for a short time and be junk.
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
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