Ceiling Fan Light Problem

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  1. Dec 2, 2018 #1

    m4p

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    Hi All,

    We have a ceiling light with fan that had been working great. It has a chain pull to turn the lights on and off and also a chain pull for the fan.

    When I pull the chain for the light, the lights will go on, but they won't shut off because the chain does not release or go back into the housing. I am attaching a couple of pics here. In the first pic I unscrewed the metal that goes around the piece that the chain is supposed to release into. The second pic is with the metal on the plastic piece. Ceiling fan light chain 2.jpg Ceiling fan light chain 1.jpg Ceiling fan light chain 1.jpg

    Is there a way to fix this (somewhat easily) or do we need to get a new ceiling fan? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Dec 2, 2018 #2

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    0-commercial-electric-ceiling-fan-pull-chains-82335-64_1000.jpg The pull chain switch is very easy to replace. They are available at most hardware stores.
     
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    Thank you very much!

    I was wrong in my first post. The lights weren't working, it was just that the chain was stuck and wouldn't move.

    I finally got the light chain unstuck by spraying a little WD40 up through the hole where the chain goes in. I was so happy thinking I fixed the problem and it was just because the light chain wasn't moving, but none of the lights are going on. I don't think all 3 bulbs could be bad at once. So do you think it's the switch itself?

    I just found a youtube video and it doesn't look too awful a job I guess but wonder if it's really necessary to remove the globe fixtures like the guy in the video did: . Can't I just unscrew the 3 screws to take the plate off to get to the switch without having to take the glass globes off? The fan is pretty old and with my luck, everything would just fall apart if I have to mess with removing the globes.
     
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    Taking the glass off makes it lighter and gets them out of your way and less likely to get broken.
     
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    Thanks, Sparky, I appreciate the reply. Good point, I definitely don't want to break those globes since they would be irreplaceable since the fan is so old. I think I'm going to run over to Home Depot this weekend and pick up the switch and maybe some better wire strippers.
     

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