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Old 05-01-2013, 11:58 PM   #1
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My wife and I moved into our home in November. Everything worked fine. About 2 months ago I was in the our room (master) ironing and the light on the ceiling fan turned off by itself. I thought it was the bulb. Replaced the bulb, didn't work. I changed the light switch, didn't work. Then I bought a brand new ceiling fan. Guess what?? It worked for about a hour and stopped working. When I turn the switch on its like a flash with the light. It comes on but goes right off!! I don't know what else to do. I've changed the switches in the wall and still no luck. Somebody help!!!!!

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Bad switch or loose connecttion.
Even faulty cable.

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What is the make and model of the new fan ?
What type of bulb(s) are in it, incandescent, halogen, CFL, LED, or ???
If your wall switch is anything other than a regular on off switch, what is it ?
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The fan is Hampton Bay. The bulbs came with the fan. I think they are incandescent! The switch is a regular 2 wire switch on/off.
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Are you using the correct size lamps?
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Yes, they came in the box with the ceiling fan.
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Sorry I don't have any answers for you JeyAllworld, just trying to help you out with a few more ideas. Sometimes it can be something really simple or really complicated and frustrating.

Start by rechecking all your work. Check all wiring/cabling for bare spots/burn marks on fan and switch area (use flashlight). Check for any scorch marks by switch or inside ceiling fan light kit. Smell, and see if there is an odor of something burnt. It doesn't take much, a bare wire touching box, loose wire nut where the wires aren't making a good connection, etc.

What's above ceiling fan? attic? bedroom? If attic area, possible rodent chewed through cable baring some wires. Not very likely, but in older homes it's possible. How old is house/wiring?

It's possible you may have a dead short somewhere. Just a suggestion; Sometimes a dead short will not always trip a breaker. If it didn't trip a breaker at the main panel, for safety measures you may want to turn breaker off that controls the ceiling fan until you figure out what's wrong.

I agree with you JeyAllworld, new lights and new ceiling fan shouldn't just flash and then quit working. Something doesn't sound right.

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My wife and I moved into our home in November. Everything worked fine. About 2 months ago I was in the our room (master) ironing and the light on the ceiling fan turned off by itself. I thought it was the bulb. Replaced the bulb, didn't work. I changed the light switch, didn't work. Then I bought a brand new ceiling fan. Guess what?? It worked for about a hour and stopped working. When I turn the switch on its like a flash with the light. It comes on but goes right off!! I don't know what else to do. I've changed the switches in the wall and still no luck. Somebody help!!!!!
Clue here is "ironing". Check for a loose wire, probably a push-in connection, at the receptacle you had the iron plugged in to. If not there, maybe one adjacent to it. These connections will loosen with time and if pulling a heavy load (I.e. ironing) you may lose continuity. Remake the connections using the screws instead.
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Great point househelper. I didn't think about checking the outlet where the iron is plugged into for loose connections as well. Thanks.

Also, if the breaker controlling that room is a 15amp breaker, would it help if they upgrade to a 20amp breaker to run everything at once, or should the 15amp breaker be fine? Thanks.
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Don't change the breaker size.There is a possibility the breaker or its connection is the problem, but I would check the receptacles first. If you have to replace the breaker, replace with the SAME size.
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at the receptacle you had the iron plugged in to. If not there, maybe one adjacent to it
Actually what I would do is throw the breaker, and pull out every single receptacle that doesn't have power whether it's in the same room or not. If any are "back-stabbed", whether they look good or not, I would replace the receptacle and curl the wires around the screws of the new receptacle.
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Great point househelper. I didn't think about checking the outlet where the iron is plugged into for loose connections as well. Thanks.

Also, if the breaker controlling that room is a 15amp breaker, would it help if they upgrade to a 20amp breaker to run everything at once, or should the 15amp breaker be fine? Thanks.
Keep in mind that if the current wire is 14 gauge you can't use a 20 amp breaker.
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Have you tried turning off the circuit breaker for this fan, and checking the connections at each fixture/receptacle? You mentioned you were ironing when the lights went out. If you have outlets and ceiling fans mixed on the same circuit it's quite likely you have a bad receptacle connection somewhere.

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