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The pull switch (that controls the fans speeds) broke and while replacing the switch, it fell off and now I don't know which color wire goes in L,1,2,3.

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  • linnybeebs May 24, 2011

    Thanks! Combo 1 are the colors I have but I tried that combo and it had 2 settings on high and 2 off

  • linnybeebs May 25, 2011

    Thanks! I was able to get the speeds working! But now the light won't work...I didn't touch any of those wires....now what?
    Thanks again!

  • linnybeebs May 25, 2011

    all the wiring seems fine/connected properly...the only thing that seems off is what looks like the ground wire...(black wire coming from the light with metal piece on the end of it)....is that supposed to be positioned between the bulbs inside the black encasing?

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First combination:----

colors: L=black; 1=grey; 2=brown; 3=green.

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second combination:--

L=black, 1=grey, 2=brown, 3=purple wires.

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Third combination:---
Orange - 1, purple - 2, white - 3 and black - L.

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The procedure is as follows:-- Black wire always connects to L.That is hot wire( 120 volts).The high speed wire connects to 1 the low speed wire connects to 2 and medium speed connects to 2.

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All the 3 possible wire combinations are given.check what color wire you have and connect as per that.connect wire tight and intact.And this should help.thanks.Helpmech.


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  • raj somaiya May 24, 2011

    Check the opposite side wires too.Is it got loose from its soldering or connections.---------Also if you try connecting your fan as per combo 1, does the fan starts running.------
    As per combo 1 setting the grey is high and brown is medium and green is low.-------
    Thanks.Helpmech.

  • raj somaiya May 25, 2011

    without any mistake, just remove and reconnect every wire properly.The light wire is mostly blue wire.So re check and reconnect blue wire.Connect red wire the light hot wire (often blue, sometimes black with white stripe) .the red wire connects to light wire.so check the connection between red wire and blue wire.You can just check the wire coming out of light fixture.that wire should go to red wire.--------------
    This should help.thanks.Helpmech.

  • raj somaiya May 25, 2011

    Yes try doing that and see, if that makes a difference.Keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.

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