Ceiling Fan and Light Start Delay Problem
Your Ceiling Fan and Light May Have a Delayed Start, possibly a full second before the power comes on
Ceiling Fan Delayed Start and Possible Cause
Electrical Question: An electrician just installed a ceiling fan in my son’s room yesterday.
- The ceiling fan has a light fixture with bulbs.
- A wall switch provides the power to the ceiling.
- We had just a regular light fixture before.
- The light would come on immediately when the wall switch was flipped up.
- Now with the ceiling fan and lights, it takes like a full second before the power comes on.
- My question is:
- Is this okay to leave it this way?
- Does it pose any safety threat?
- My question is:
Background: Tom, a Homeowner from NY
Thanks for your electrical question Tom.
Ceiling Fan and Light Delayed Start
- Tom, I would check the owners manual and call the electrician and explain the situation.
- You have not stated what kind of wall switch is being used for the new ceiling fan which could be a factor if it is the wrong switch, such as a light dimmer switch being used for both functions of the ceiling fan will not work right because a dimmer switch is not designed for inductive motor loads.
- I am curious if the electrician installed an Approved Ceiling Fan Box in place of the existing light fixture box?
- It does not hurt to ask questions to the electricians that are hired, and for goodness sake, make sure they really are qualified electricians and ask for credentials.
- If you have hired them to do a job they should be qualified and must do the job according to code.
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