Replacing a Ceiling Fan Pull Chain Switch
I Replaced the Pull Chain Switch in my Ceiling Fan with a new switch and now the Motor Does Not Work Right: How to Replace and Wire a Pull Chain Switch for a Ceiling Fan.
Pull Chain Switch for a Ceiling Fan
Electrical Question: I replaced the Pull Chain Switch in my Ceiling Fan with a new switch and now the motor does not work right.
I replaced the pull chain ceiling fan switch with a new switch. The ceiling fan has 3 speeds, so this is a 3-speed ceiling fan switch. When I turn on the fan it is on high speed all the time and won’t turn off with the pull chain switch.
- I connected the electrical wiring as follows:
- The black wire on the L (Line)
- The gray wire on #1,
- The brown wire on #2
- The purple wire on #3
I even changed wires around on the switch but it still won’t change speeds properly. What is causing this to happen?
Thank you for your time in this matter.
This electrical question came from: Roger, a Handyman from Houston, Texas.
Thanks for your electrical question Roger.
Wiring a Ceiling Fan Pull Chain Switch
Application: Replacing a Ceiling Fan Pull Chain Switch.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Materials: Make sure the replacement pull chain switch has the same as the original switch, and is fully compatible with the ceiling fan you have.
Replacing a Pull Chain Switch for a Ceiling Fan
- Before replacing the existing ceiling fan pull chain switch with the new switch it is best to examine the wiring connections of all of the wires to the existing pull chain switch.
- Compare the existing pull chain switch with the new pull chain switch that has been purchased.
- Mark the wires or make a drawing with the wiring connections is very helpful as well.
- If the original wiring configuration is unknown, then locate the make and model number of the ceiling fan which will help locate a new replacement switch.
- IMPORTANT: Not all pull chain switches are alike, therefore the wire colors may be different from the wires in the ceiling fan.
- Wire Connections: When wiring the new switch the power wire will need to be identified, then each wire for the three speeds for the motor.
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