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Replace three-speed box fan switch

How do I wire in a new three-speed switch to my box fan.

The original had two wires in (from the electrical source) and four wires out to the fan motor.

I can only find a replacement switch with four wires
On one side of the switch red and black
On the other side blue and yellow

Can you help?!

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  • Shelley May 31, 2013

    where did you find the switch? I cant find one anywhere!!!!

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Posted on Sep 21, 2009

I have Patton fan model U2-1487 120v 60Hz 1.5 amps. the 3-speed switch went out on it but "Patton does not carry replacment parts anymore. does anyone know where to get a 3-speed switch for this fan?

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