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Quit working I recently bought a house with a Hunter original installed in my living room. My fan is hooked to a rheostat on the wall that has full range speed control. It has worked fine all summer, but the other night I switched the fan off at the wall and it failed to start the next morning. There is no sound coming from the fan motor and the rheostat has no effect. Thanks for your help....johnb

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Re: quit working

It is very, very important that you use the proper speed control (and not a standard light dimmer) with any ceiling fan, bu especially the Hunter Original models. The standard dimmer is only to my used for the light kit, and it has separate wiring from the fan motor.

Also, if a light dimmer were to be used, most fans will have a fairly loud hum.

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Re: quit working

First turn it off, then rotate the fan, half turn and try to turn if on again. if it start running again you have a faulty motor, and need to replace it. or if the problem continue, try replacing the switch in the wall.

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You have a special fan there. Hunter Originals are my specialty.

There are two ways to accomplish a slower speed with this fan.

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