Does Your Dimmer Switch Need Replacing?
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?
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.
I have provided the following links that lead to fully detailed information on this website that will assist you with your electrical question:
How to Install Ceiling Fans and Wiring
Step-by-step pictures – Easy wiring diagrams and installation guide – Light and fan switch variations.
Ceiling Fan Wiring
Ceiling Fan Wiringdiagram #1
Ceiling Fan Wiringdiagram #2
Ceiling Fan Installation #1
Ceiling Fan Installation #2
For more information about Dimmer Switch Wiring
Dimmer Switch Wiring
This link is helpful as a Homeowner
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