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The three stage rotary switch, that controls fan speed, broke. I bought a replacement switch at Home Depot for $4.00. This switch has four wire connection points, labeled L, 1, 2, and 3. The lower fan housing has two unconnected, stray wires, one blue, and one yellow I think. I have no idea which wire goes into which connection point on the switch? Nicholas

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Hi Nicholas. My thoughts on this without being able to see the unit. One position on the switch is for the power to come into it, probably the L position or "Line In/Power In." The first position on the switch is most likely the "OFF" position, so I would assume no wire out be connected to it. Most likely the 1 position. I think it makes sense to assume that the two wires that you see UNCONNECTED are the actual power in wires to the fan, one for low speed and one for high speed, positions 2 and 3 on the switch. The only way to verify this would be to wire the switch with one of the wires to terminal 2 and one to terminal 3 on the switch. If the fan runs fastest when the switch is in the number 2 position, the wires most likely need to be switched. Again, just my thoughts. Let me know if you have questions.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

  • pwillitz Aug 30, 2010

    Nicholas, I would like to add that if there is a wire coming from position 1 of the switch, it should be covered with a small wire nut or tape so that when the switch is in this position (off) there will be no chance that the power will short out.

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2. Make careful note of which wires attach where to the pullchain. The chain itself will be marked L-1-2-3 or A-B-C-D or similar, the wires will customarily be of different colors, but if not, mark both the wires and pullchain if necessary. MAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF WHICH WIRES ATTACH WHERE. Every fan is different and if you do not make note there will likely be a complicated guessing game. I cannot stress this step enough. Make careful note of which wires attach where to the pullchain. For example:

Black - L, Grey - 1, Brown - 2, Purple - 3.

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- If the fan has three speeds and the pullchain has more than four wires, there are a handful of different pullchain possibilities however most hardware stores stock the most common replacement. This would customarily be a double pole switch with two layers of wires attaching.

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Wiring a three speed fan switch
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My daughter called me the other day and said Dad the ceiling fan in the kitchen is not working only the light works. I went over and removed the three screws that hold the light and pull chain for the fan down and found that the fan control switch had snapped open and all 4 wires had popped out. The snap clips on each side of the switch had broken off. I went down to Home Depot in the ceiling department and found the switch I was looking for. It said for a four wire ceiling fan. OK, know lets put it back together. First of all if you look at the new switch you should see four holds were the wires will be pushed into. The black wire in the fan is the hot or load wire, this wire is hot whenever the wall switch to the fan is turned on. Put this wire in the hole that is marked “L” this stands for load. Now with this switch in the off position the fan will not work until you pull the chain. The other three holes are marked #1, #2 and #3. On most fans #1 is usually high speed. # 2 medium and #3 low speed. What you now have to determine is what wires are high medium and low. The easiest way to do this is before you put any of the wires back into the new switch is to FIRST MAKE SURE NO POWER IS GOING TO THE FAN. Then simply take one of the colored wires at a time and twist it together with the black hot wire.
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