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I have a ceiling fan that only worked on one speed due to the chain breaking. I replace the switch and now the fan does not work at all. The wiring IS correct. There is another separate electrical component attached to the switch wiring. Could I have burnt out this component while experimenting with the wiring on the switch?

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It is possible..If you smelled hot wiring I would say yes.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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  • Jim Parker
    Jim Parker Sep 12, 2010

    Is there anything else that you could suggest? I didn't smell hot wiring. I've decided to try a different brand of switch, unless you have another suggestion. And do you still want a rating if it was not helpful?

    Jm

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    No you dont have to rate. You said you experimented with the wires, when you did this did the fan go on at all? On the capacitor, how many wires are coming out of it? That will determine what switch you need.

  • Jim Parker
    Jim Parker Sep 13, 2010

    3 speed, 4 wires- orange, purple, yellow, and red. Red is already connected though.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    You have red connected to L? If so look on the side of the black box. They should have a little diagram there with one lead (from left to right) going to 3 lines. At the end of each of those lines they should have a letter. That letter will be the color of the wires you have.
    ___________y
    o------[________p
    [____________< This line might be a different color that goes to your reverse switch then back to the capacitor as one of those colors.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    You have red connected to L? If so look on the side of the black box. They should have a little diagram there with one lead (from left to right) going to 3 lines. At the end of each of those lines they should have a letter. That letter will be the color of the wires you have.
    ___________y
    o------[________p
    [____________< This line might be a different color that goes to your reverse switch then back to the capacitor as one of those colors.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    You have red connected to L? If so look on the side of the black box. They should have a little diagram there with one lead (from left to right) going to 3 lines. At the end of each of those lines they should have a letter. That letter will be the color of the wires you have.
    ___________y
    o------[________p
    [____________< This line might be a different color that goes to your reverse switch then back to the capacitor as one of those colors.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    You have red connected to L? If so look on the side of the black box. They should have a little diagram there with one lead (from left to right) going to 3 lines. At the end of each of those lines they should have a letter. That letter will be the color of the wires you have.
    ___________y
    o------[________p
    [____________< This line might be a different color that goes to your reverse switch then back to the capacitor as one of those colors.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    You have red connected to L? If so look on the side of the black box. They should have a little diagram there with one lead (from left to right) going to 3 lines. At the end of each of those lines they should have a letter. That letter will be the color of the wires you have.
    ___________y
    o------[________p
    [____________< This line might be a different color that goes to your reverse switch then back to the capacitor as one of those colors.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    You have red connected to L? If so look on the side of the black box. They should have a little diagram there with one lead (from left to right) going to 3 lines. At the end of each of those lines they should have a letter. That letter will be the color of the wires you have.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    You have red connected to L? If so look on the side of the black box. They should have a little diagram there with one lead (from left to right) going to 3 lines. At the end of each of those lines they should have a letter. That letter will be the color of the wires you have.

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    Dont know what happened here sorry. I tried making a little diagram but it didnt come out right.

  • Jim Parker
    Jim Parker Sep 13, 2010

    I don't have those letters you were talking about. I've tried every combination and no, the fan never did come on on any or the combination's.

    Thanks anyway!

  • Matt Sep 13, 2010

    No problem.

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