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How to Repair a Ceiling Fan

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Repair a Ceiling Fan: How to Identify and Repair Ceiling Fan Electrical Parts, Replacing Ceiling Fan Parts.

How to Identify and Repair Ceiling Fan Components

Electrical Question: Inside the light fixture there is a small square black box that has a white wire on one end and the other is a smaller wire (I am color blind so I don’t knew the other color wire).

  • What is that box for? I replaced the single light socket.
  • Now the fan will move but very slow.
  • I can spin it with my hand but it will just go to slowing down.
  • Why did the fan do that after replacing the light socket?

This electrical question came from: William, from McComb, Mississippi.

Additional Comments: I have never used this web sight before but by what I am seeing this is a sight that I will use again and tell others of it. Thank you for your time and help.

Thanks for your electrical question William.

Repairing a Ceiling Fan

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Electrical Answer:

Application: Installing a Ceiling Fan Light Socket
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the ceiling fan light fixture assembly.
Precaution: Identify the ceiling fan circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Identifying Ceiling Fan Electrical Parts

Ceiling Fans have a few vital electrical components which are necessary for the normal operation of the fan motor and light fixture, typically as follows:

  • The Fan Motor
    • 3-speed pull chain switch.
    • Rotation or Directional Switch.
    • The Fan Motor.
    • Motor Capacitor.
  • The Light
    • Pull Chain switch.
    • The Light Sockets.
    • Light switch controls will vary depending on the specific type and style fixture.
  • Remote Control – Optional
    • Receiver Module
    • Transmitter – typically Hand Held or Wall Mounted

Replacing Ceiling Fan Parts

  • The internal ceiling fan wiring may share connections with other electrical components.
  • When replacing any component it is necessary to mark or identify all of the wiring connections and make sure the replacement component is the same as the faulty component.

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