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My panasonic fan has been working fine for the last 4 years. now, it seems to have trouble starting up... when i flip the switch on, it seems to start and re-start itself, turning itself on for 2 - 3 seconds, then stopping for a second or two; then trying again...sort of like an old car. bulbs go out, too, when it stops for that second when it's trying to start. any ideas?

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Sounds like it could be a loose or intermittent wire either in the fan itself or in the wall switch. I would start with the wall switch to see if the main power line into the switch for both the fan and light is loose. Turn the circuit breaker off for that circuit, remove the wall plate to the switch and pull the switch out of the box to examine the wires. It could also be a loose wire in the switch box that would be part of a wire splice. Tighten the wire nuts. If that does not fix the problem, a look inside the power box of the fan might be necessary to examine the wire connections there.

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  • rmm405 Sep 12, 2010

    this sounds like a terrific set of ideas... i'll try them and get back to you. i had been wondering if there was some safety device (eg overheat turn-off switch) that mgiht have been failing, but you make it sound like no such device exists in the fan, so your ideas on old fashioned loose wiring could do the trick. i'll let you know.

  • pwillitz Sep 12, 2010

    Please do. I will be happy to discuss it with you further in the event those ideas do not solve your problem.

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    JERRY ABELL Sep 13, 2010

    hello r, yes they do seem to slow down from time to time,i know mind don't run as well as when it was new,when i had the bathroom redone so i took my shop vac and cleaned out the fan blades,oh you have to remove the light,that is no big deal,unhook the wire and unscrew the 4 screws and remove lights, oh did i tell you i had a hard time finding replacement bulbs when one burnt out,had to go to a light bulb store to find them,home depot don't carry them any more,try cleaning the fan blades they get clogged up with dust and moisture and seem to run slower,hope this helps,any comment welcome,please accept my solution,thank you.

  • pwillitz Sep 13, 2010

    From an electrical standpoint, since the intermittent "outage" is common to both the fan and lights, you might want to pay special attention to any neutral (white) wire connections. One loose connection in that leg of the circuit will definitely impact both the motor and lights at the same time.
    Good hunting.

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