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Ceiling fan rotation rate too slow; new switch didn't help

Posted by Chucky on September 29th, 2004 07:51 PM

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Greetings all!

I have two Hunter ceiling fans which are about 5 years old, and which receive a relatively low amount of use (pretty much only in the summer). They have always been set on "high" and they used to rotate at the same rate.

Some time ago, it was obvious that one of the fans was rotating noticeably slower than the other, even though both fans were set on "high." Upon further inspection, it seemed like the trouble might lie in the speed switch for the slower fan -- both fans rotated at the same rate when both were set at medium, and the troubled fan seemed to rotate at the same rate regardless of whether the switch was set to "high" or "medium."

It seemed to me that the switch might be broken, and that instead of going "off-high-medium-low" on successive chain pulls, it was going "off-medium-medium-low."

Hunter was nice enough to send me an identical replacement switch, but after replacing the switch, I find that the problem persists.

I can't imagine that I wired it wrong because all I had to do was to replicate the original wiring plan of: Black = L, Brown = 2, Green = 3, Gray = 1. Is there any wiring plan that would produce the apparent "off-medium-medium-low" pattern I have?

I notice many of the wires crammed into that small space connect to other wires via plastic connectors, and I imagine that if there was some bad connection, the fan wouldn't rotate at all, right? Or might it be the case that a bad connection could allow the fan to rotate but prevent it from going to high?

Some time ago, this fan suffered a slight trauma when a blade hit a ladder I was carrying; it slightly dented one blade. Also, it may be worth noting that neither fan wobbles much at all, but the troubled fan does wobble a bit more than its mate. I don't think the slight trauma, nor the slight wobble are serious enough to noticeably impact the performance of the fan, but I just thought I'd mention those factors.

So, any guesses as to what can be wrong, and how I should go about further diagnosing or repairing it?

Thanks very much for any advice,


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