Ceiling fan--fixed the light, now the fan won't run

akimboJuly 23, 2009

Has this happened to anyone?

I have a Hampton Bay (Home Depot's brand) ceiling fan with light kit. The light switch was going bad, so I replaced it. No problem, just took the old switch out, matched up the wires in the same way, etc., etc. The light works great.

But, now the fan blades don't turn. I didn't touch the wires for the fan switch, other than to move them out of the way. They all seem to be joined just fine with plastic connectors, no loose wires. Obviously, power is getting to the unit since the lights work.

What could possibly have gone wrong?? Should I try replacing the fan switch--or just bite the bullet and call an electrician?


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You don't say how many wires are in the box, but it's possible that the wire-nutted connections were not done well initially and simply moving wires out of the way may have loosened one of the connections. Shut off the breaker (or breakers) that control the power to the box, pull the new light switch out of the way, and then check for loose wires by gently pulling on each wire where it is connected with a wire nut to see if anything is loose. It is also possible that you may have a bare ground wire touching one of the live connections on the fan switch. If all this sounds beyond your skill level, please have a knowledgeable friend or electrician check this out.

P.S.: You didn't, by any chance, turn off a switch that is directly mounted on the fan did you?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2009 at 3:40AM
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Thanks, kudzu9. I took the fan apart again and it seems one wire was slightly loose in its connector. I think I let the fan dangle a bit when I was first disassembling it and the weight probably did it in.

Working great now, though. And a switch in another fan just broke, so I guess its back to the hardware store. Do these things have a three-year lifespan or something?? :)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2009 at 10:50AM
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It would be a better idea to wire the fan and light so they operate from a wall switch rather then the pull chain switch that comes with the fan. Another option is to set the fan up with one of those remote packages that will give you the ability to use a remote control to operate the fan or light.
I installed three Hampton Bay fans in 1992 and have never had an issue with the pull chains. Never use them.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 10:19PM
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