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Does Your Dimmer Switch Need Replacing?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

My wife has been pushing in on the dimmer switch on the ceiling fan instead of just turning it. Now it turns but the light doesn’t come on. Do I need to replace to dimmer or something more serious…

Replacing a Faulty Lighting Dimmer Switch
Background: Gordon, a Homeowner from Atlanta GA


Question: My wife has been pushing in on the dimmer switch on the ceiling fan instead of just turning it. Now it turns but the light doesn’t come on. Do I need to replace to dimmer or something more serious?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Gordon. From what you are describing it sounds like the dimmer switch will need to be replaced, I do not suspect any other damage has been sustained.
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