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gan_nair 08-12-2008 10:49 AM

Ceiling fan with 4 way switch.
The pull chain in my ceiling fan ripped out when my little nephew was boxing with the ball on the end. I know, kids are so cute. But the fan is an old Sears & Roebuck fan, I called the dealer and asked for a replacement switch, but they dont even manufacture the parts anymore. I really like the fan and a switch is a heck of a lot cheaper than a fan. The switch is a four way switch though, it has four wires plus a ground wire. I havent found a switch to replace it anywhere, I have tried the internet, Home Depot, fan shops, light shops, the dealer, ebay even, I have had zero luck.

Anybody have any ideas on how I can fix it? By the way, to make things even better, the switch was lost, so I have nothing to go by physically. Thanks for any suggestions that dont include buying a new fan, if I could I would, definatly will in the future, but I live in the Hill Country of Texas where its like an average of 100 degrees and a working ceiling fan would really help out. Thanks again.

handyguys 08-12-2008 11:28 AM

It was likely a three position switch off-onl1-onl2-onl3

This switch may work for you

You could also figure out which wire is the full on wire and connect it to the hot coming in from the junction box and then use a variable speed wall switch eliminating the pull chain.

gan_nair 08-12-2008 05:40 PM

Guess I didnt look hard enough, that switch looks like it will work, as long as it has that ground wire too. If it doesnt though, is there a way to ground the wire coming from the ceiling fan without the switch?

handyguys 08-13-2008 05:30 AM

Maybe - If the switch doesn't have a ground connection you could just ignore the ground wire. Better yet attach it to the fixture itself.

gan_nair 08-13-2008 06:12 PM

I'll be ordering the switch tomorrow, as soon as I get it in I'll put it in. I appreciate your help.

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