Replaced the fan control switch with new one from home depot now fan only runs on hi-hi low with no off put wires to new switch same as old one
have three fans all the sam
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Re: speed control switch
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Wiring a three speed fan switch
My daughter called me the other day and said Dad the ceiling fan in the kitchen is not working only the light works. I went over and removed the three screws that hold the light and pull chain for the fan down and found that the fan control switch had snapped open and all 4 wires had popped out. The snap clips on each side of the switch had broken off. I went down to Home Depot in the ceiling department and found the switch I was looking for. It said for a four wire ceiling fan. OK, know lets put it back together. First of all if you look at the new switch you should see four holds were the wires will be pushed into. The black wire in the fan is the hot or load wire, this wire is hot whenever the wall switch to the fan is turned on. Put this wire in the hole that is marked “L” this stands for load. Now with this switch in the off position the fan will not work until you pull the chain. The other three holes are marked #1, #2 and #3. On most fans #1 is usually high speed. # 2 medium and #3 low speed. What you now have to determine is what wires are high medium and low. The easiest way to do this is before you put any of the wires back into the new switch is to FIRST MAKE SURE NO POWER IS GOING TO THE FAN. Then simply take one of the colored wires at a time and twist it together with the black hot wire. Turn the power back on to the fan and knot the fans speed. Do this with all three wires one at a time until you can determine which wire is high speed. Note the color of the wire and mark it down on paper.(Example; blue wire high speed.) Do this with the other two wires to determine there speed. Once you have the speed of each wire you can reassemble the new switch.
Black wire (Load) goes in hole marked L. High speed wire goes in hole marked # 1. Medium speed goes in hole marked #2 and low speed goes in hole # 3. MAKE SURE THE POWER TO THE FAN IS TURNED OFF WHILE YOU ASSEMBLE THE NEW SWITCH.
For those of you that have all these wired hooked up right and still the fan won't work I would then look for an open neutral wire. It should be a white wire. Check to see if all the wires are securly attached.
Good luck. One more word of advice. If you're not sure on what you are doing when it comes to electrical wiring then please do not attempt to do this or any other electrial work yourself. Call a licensed electrian. Any mistakes on your part could void your home owners insurance in case of a fire.
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Most likely you have the wrong switch. You ncan't go to Home depot or Lowes and buy a generic switch off the rack and expect it to work (no matter what they tell you)Call Hunter & order switch #6378401000. 1-888-830-1326
I just changed out an old ADCB (172-90-001 / 1-81-M) fan speed switch with a L123 3 speed switch (Westinghouse 77286). My fan was only 2 speed but the 3 speed switch was all the Home Depot had in stock. So I knew I would have OFF occurring twice in the pull sequence. Its an old Hunter fan that came with the house.
B-Went to 1 (Blue Wire)
C-Went to 2 (Red Wire)
D-Went to L (Black Wire)
I originally put B (the Blue Wire) into spot 3, leaving 1 unused. But that made the pull order go OFF-OFF-LOW-HIGH.
So moving the Blue Wire to the 1 slot resulted in OFF-HIGH-LOW-OFF
I had this same problem. Home Depot and Hunter did not help me. I called Ken's Electronics in Kalamazoo Michigan Phone (269) 345-4609 website http://www.kenselectronics.com/index.html. He was excellent and very knowledgeable. Got repair part for about $7.00 and received it within two days. Great. I was so frustrated because it looks like I was going to have to purchase and install a whole new fan. Started to wonder if Home Depot and Hunter did this on purpose. Call Ken and he can help with questions and installation too.
Hi Nicholas. My thoughts on this without being able to see the unit.
One position on the switch is for the power to come into it, probably the L position or "Line In/Power In."
The first position on the switch is most likely the "OFF" position, so I would assume no wire out be connected to it. Most likely the 1 position.
I think it makes sense to assume that the two wires that you see UNCONNECTED are the actual power in wires to the fan, one for low speed and one for high speed, positions 2 and 3 on the switch.
The only way to verify this would be to wire the switch with one of the wires to terminal 2 and one to terminal 3 on the switch. If the fan runs fastest when the switch is in the number 2 position, the wires most likely need to be switched.
Again, just my thoughts.
Let me know if you have questions.
Sounds like the variable speed switch may be worn out. You should be able to purchase replacement switch at the local home depot- type store in the electrical supplies. Trying to get an exact match to replace may be a bit difficult, but a similar 3 speed switch should work just fine.
I have the exact same problem. Called Hunter's tech support and they confirmed the capacitor must be bad. This is the black box that has 4 wires going to the switch. They are sending me a new one for under $12. I haven't received it yet, but the wires from it going to the switch can be removed from the switch by shoving a paper clip along side the wire, this'll release the spring clip holding the wire in. Not sure, but I may have to cut and wire nut any wires that go elsewhere.
I recommend you call them too and as long as you have the 5 digit model number (usually on top of fan) they should be able to get you what you need.
P.S. it is highly unlikely that it is in the switch. I tried replacing it with one from Home Depot and I actually got Low-Off-High, which is worse. The Hunter tech support guy said you can't use after market switches with their fans.
Replacement switches can be purchased at Orchard supply, Ace Hardware, Lowes, or Home Depot. After checking the wiring at the switch - connections made during fan installation - and no faults are found, switch should do it.
you have 3 control wires (the 3 speeds) and a common wire. the common wire will go directly from the fan motor to the power source/cord and the other 3 leads will run through the switch. you could even use a standard dimmer-style lighting rheostat and connect it to the common and "high" fan speed wire and have infinitely variable fan speeds. hope that helps.
Home depot sells replacement switches. First take a look at what you need in your fan. By the exact or similar speed switch. Then remove noting placement of wires and put new switch in. If your down to one speed that is the capacitor. Call King of Fans and they will send you one free. This seems to be a common problem. This is the second time I have replaced this capacitor.