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I am replacing the 3 speed fan switch in a ceiling fan. Upon removal of the old switch (due to a cracked/broken screw port), I noted the secific wire and color that was located in each of the four positions--L, 1, 2, 3. When installing the new switch I ensure the wire connections were identical. Prior to changing the swith, the fan worked fine. Now, upon attempting to start the fan, there is absolutely NO response in any pull-string position. I have verified power to the unit. What is the problem?

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Use a continuity tester on old switch.
There will be 1 main wire that connected to power >>> power flows through this wire to the switch and feeds the other 3 wires > each time you click switch, power will flow to one of the other three wires

The do the same test on new switch. Match up wires accordingly.

If you don't have a multimeter, buy inexpensive continuity tester at hardware store.
Continuity tester is basically a flashlight battery and flashlight bulb that lights up when the circuit is closed

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