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I found my Hunter Original fan's switch to be frozen, so I went in search of a replacement. I bought a 3-speed switch with similar wiring (red, blue, and black wires). I wired it up and turned it on. The speeds were in a peculiar order: slow, then fast, then intermediate, then off. I soon noticed a burning odor in the room, turned the fan off, and touched the body of the fan. It was very hot. I killed the power to the fan and began cooling the fan with a small room fan. Now, I am wondering if the new switch is the culprit, or if the fan motor is burning out (it spins freely, but hums), and is burning out the switches. What do you think?

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You got the wrong switch for the fan. The fan was 2 speed before, right? Well. the Switch you bought while it being three wire and the same colors as what was in the fan before, is not the same switch.

The new switch, at some point (when you smelled burning) activated both low and high speed in the motor, drawing double current, overheating the windings. Your motor MAY be ok, but I would personally not trust it anymore without getting a motor shop to Megohm the winding to check it for insulation quality. (The fan is worth it)

Your original switch functioned as so... L 1, L 2, off. or alternatively (if it was the metal leviton switch) off-high-off-low. Your new switch was designed for use in a lighting kit... L 1 L 2, then L 1 2. In a light kit, you would turn two bulbs on, then the other two would come on, the first two shutting off, then all 4 would come on. This is why your motor is now likely burned out.

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I think you have the power wire mixed up. Your power supply to the switch should be black. And in most cases goes the the L-1 labeled on the switch. If you have trouble finding the power just plug the wires in and use a simple light or voltage tester. Once you have the power wire just touch each wire 1 at a time and you can tell the speeds. Once you have the speeds hook them up to low being 1 med.2 high 3. Then your done

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