3 Rocker Switch Re-Wire

brucegzJune 9, 2013

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Bathroom switch for light/exhaust fan/heat fan. Middle switch controlling exhaust fan been glitchy for years, finally decided to replace it. It's original from '84. Bought a 3 rocker replacement.

Opened up old switch and it had 3 black lines from the wall and 1 white. I assumed white was ground and 3 were powered in order of how they operated previously. Old stile switch had crossovers from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 BUTT I stupidly forgot to take a picture of how it was originally wired.

New switch has a black screw on 1 side and 3 silver screws on the other and a green screw (ground/neutral I assume) on the bottom.

Hooked up the 3 black wires to the 3 screw side and the ground to the green screw but only the top rocker (light worked). Is 1 of the black wires powered and supposed to go to the single black screw on the other side of the 3? If so, I think it's also the light power line. If that's the case, where do the exhaust and heat fan lines go, silver slots #2 and #3? Will rocker #1 still work?

Again, thanks, hope the explanation makes sense.

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petey_racer

White is NEVER ground. In this case, if it was on a switch it was being used as a hot.

I have no idea what you mean by "crossover". Do you mean jumper wires? If so numbers 1,2 & 3 mean nothing. We'd have to see a pic of the box and the new switch to eve begin to try and help.
Also, you'll need a real electrical tester, or DMM, and know how to use it to figure this out.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 7:25AM
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brucegz

Yes, that makes sense. The white is the common and should go to the single screw. The 3 blacks to the 3 screws on the other side. Do I need to run a ground wire from the green ground screw to the electrical box or is it likely grounded at the light/exhaust fan/heat fan unit?

Here's pics of the old switch.

Thanks very much. You've already helped a great deal.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 8:31AM
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brucegz

Forgot to add, yes, there are jumper wires on the old switch from 1 switch to the other going down. On the picture, the white is not where it original was, I just put it back in (CB is off) until I figured the new switch wiring out (with your help, much appreciated).

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 8:36AM
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brucegz

I connected white to the common screw and the 3 blacks to the other side.

The top switch now light correctly operates the light but the 2 fans only operate when the top switch light is ON. Does that mean the black wire currently connected to the light switch screw is actually the common and the white wire is actually the light wire?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 7:50PM
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kurto

What is the white stuff all over the switch? Is your picture of the old switch or the new one? The only thing I can say for certain is that the green screw on the switch definitely needs to be connected to a ground wire.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 12:48AM
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