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Old 07-15-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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Ceiling Fan Light Won't Go On


I need some help:
I am Doing some work for a couple who are moving in to this house. One of the items is that the light on the ceiling fan doesn't work. I looked at the switch and found the following: They had a double switch hooked up to it, but both switches were linked together, similar to a wall outlet receptacle. When you turned either switch on the fan would come on. But no light, and the fan would go only one speed. I put in a fan/light set of switches and I still can't get the light to go on. In addition, the fan will run only two speeds slow and medium. the wiring in the switch box is as follows, a 12/2 with ground which is the power(I checked and had 120v on it) and a 12/3 with ground which I assume is going to the fan. The fan itself doesn't have any pull chains for the light or the fan. Just a reverse switch for the fan. the fan does have a blue wire and a white wire that the light kit is plugged into. And it does have a tag on them that says for light. Any suggestions.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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Not to be unkind, I have to concur with 480sparky. You haven't given us enough information to diagnose the problem, and worse yet, you assume that the wire you see is going to the fan/light in question.

Rudimentary troubleshooting gets rid of assumptions, proves what actually is, and what's left is the solution to the problem. An electrician, or to be honest a reasonably skilled handyman, could work this one out before he's finished his first cup of coffee in the morning.

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Simple question...is there a remote for the fan?
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Get the model number of the fan and find the manual or call the manufacturer.
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Quick things for you to try, one is pull the chain for the light to see if it is on or off, second is turn the wall switch on for the fan and then pull the chain for the fan to reset it to the high speed. The high speed is the first pull of the chain after a pull of the chain turns it off. Once the high speed is set by the chain the all the speeds from the wall switch should work. Beyond that call an Electrician.
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Quick things for you to try, one is pull the chain for the light to see if it is on or off, second is turn the wall switch on for the fan and then pull the chain for the fan to reset it to the high speed. The high speed is the first pull of the chain after a pull of the chain turns it off. Once the high speed is set by the chain the all the speeds from the wall switch should work. Beyond that call an Electrician.
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........ The fan itself doesn't have any pull chains for the light or the fan. ...............
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IMO a ceiling fan is pretty basic stuff.If one can't wrap their brain around how to trouble shoot a problem with one then it is time to call a sparkie.
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did you check the bulb? cant tell you how many times my sparkie puts a fan in HO puts dead bulb and we get a call, 75.00 later and new bulb, problem fixed.
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Thanks for the correction 480, i did not catch that in his original post.
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Call a handyman.......
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take apart the canopy and make sure the blue wire is attached to another wire. when you open the canopy if you find something with dip switches on it its time to look for the remote

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