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I have a duracraft dual window fan that was disassembled for cleaning. When reassembling, the power wire became seperated at it's union with the leads to the switch. When re-wired, it runs at only one speed and the switch seems to have no effect. What have I done wrong?

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Many times, a simple three speed fan motor has one wire for each speed - and a "common" wire, for a total of 4 wires. The common wire is connected to one of the wires of the 2 conductor cord that plugs into the wall outlet. Each of the other three wires from the motor is connected to a separate terminal of a a four position switch (Off, Low, Medium and High speed).

The other wire from the 2 conductor cord goes to the "shunt terminal" (or common terminal) of the switch. The switch directs the power to flow from the shunt terminal to either the off position or the low, medium or high speed terminals - which power the fan motor to run at the associated speed.

What you have done was connect the wire that came off to another wire. This means that the power from the 2 conductor cord is permanently connected to one of the speed terminals - and wires of the motor. You need to unplug the fan and remove the wire that you connected. Locate the shunt terminal of the switch - it should be the one without a wire on it. Reassemble and try again.

Be careful doing this work - I hope this helped!

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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