I have replaced several pull chain switches on ceiling fans in the past. Last time, I bought a pack of two switches figuring I would need one sooner or later. Sooner or later has arrived and the other fan switch in our home has now failed. Question. Will the switch I bought as a two-pack work in the fan AS LONG AS I match the numbers with the proper wires from the old switch to the new switch? In other words, does the #1 on the new switch do the same function as the #1 on the old switch? I am assuming the 'L' designation is on both switches and that wire would connect accordingly. BTW, the fan I am asking about is in our family room and I just want to know if the switch I already have on hand will work and not have to bother with tracking down a particular switch. Thanks for all help.
Can you take the cover off the old switch and take a pic Bobby, and also one of your new proposed switch. I’m probably not the best person to comment as your codes etc are different to the UK, but I assume that electricity works the same way over with you.
"Can you take the cover off the old switch and take a pic Bobby, and also one of your new proposed switch."
Don't think so without running the risk of it not going back together. They do seem to be in two pieces but don't look like they come apart easily. I am just basically trying to find out if the numbers on one switch function the same as the numbers on another switch, such as, is 1 for low speed on all switches, 2 for medium speed on all switches, and 3 for high speed on all switches. Trying to know if I have the right switch before I get started. BTW, I lived in southern Africa for 25 years and the electricity there is similar to yours. Changed my first fan switch there. Basic difference between US and British, in case you don't know is you are 220 volts and 50 cycles and US is 110volts and 60 cycles. You may already know this but if not, now you do.
I guess I'm in no position to give advice.... my last switch switcheroo has left us with an inoperative fan [i.e. ended up taking the blades off and just using it as a light].
Do the two switches "look" identical? Is there a diagram on the back of, or included in, the new switch pkg.? If the switches look physically different could you rustle up a diagram for the old switch [eg. back of package in hardware store, or online] and compare them?
I trust someone more helpful than I will chime in.
I assume from what you wrote that you have a 4-position switch to replace another 4-position switch, those positions being off, low, med. and high.
That would lead me to believe that there are 4 places to attach a wire; 1power in and 3 power out.
If that is correct, and if you connect the hot line correctly, does it really mater if the other three are the same as they were? In other words, if high, medium and low speeds are rearranged, but they all work, what's the problem? In other other words, if you attach 1 to 1, 2 to 2, and 3 to 3 all should be fine as long as they work, even if lo, med and hi are out of order.
Edited by - sunburst on 11/12/2020 14:39:55
>if you attach 1 to 1, 2 to 2, and 3 to 3 all should be fine as long as they work, even if lo, med and hi are out of order.<
I am sure you are right as it is a 4 point switch. The new one has L on one connecting point and then 1 - 3 for the others. I will probably put it in and then if it doesn't work in order will learn quickly enough how to run it. We usually run it on just two speeds anyway. Thanks for suggesting that option. I guess I run a 50/50 chance it will be right which is not bad odds in the long run.
Originally posted by Owen
>Do the two switches "look" identical? Is there a diagram on the back of, or included in, the new switch pkg.? <
Haven't seen the inoperative switch yet. What I do is cut the bad switch out with just enough of the colored wire to see what connection that goes to and then match that color to the numbers on the new switch when I connect it up. It is a light/fan combo so I am just trying to have my ducks in a row before I start taking the switch housing apart to minimize work and eliminates trips to parts stores trying to find the right switch.
If they are interchangeble somewhat, it won't matter if its not the exact match I don't guess, based on another reply. Thanks.
Edited by - BobbyE on 11/12/2020 15:44:46
How about just a picture of both switches. If your fan is multiple speeds than I don’t see the logic in changing the wiring in the original switch and the new switch.
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