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rblades 10-04-2013 03:05 PM

Power to light but not vent fan
Hello all! I just bought a house and during inspection, the bathroom fan would turn on. The inspector required an electrician to install an additional breaker due to one breaker being double tapped. The panel only has three of the breakers labeled so I am not sure which breaker was double tapped and if it had anything to do with my problem, but after closing I found out that the fan quit working. I tried plugging something in to the plug-in in the fan housing and there is no power to it so I thought the switch went bad. I installed a new switch with no luck. I bought a non-contact voltage tester and the entire light/fan switch box appears dead. However, the switch for the light turns the light on and off. There is also a plug on the light fixture (convenient) which Does show current running to it, whether the switch is on or off :huh: And the Light switch supplies power to the fan switch, or so it appears. It is very frustrating :furious:

I realize I should just call the electrician that worked on the panel to check it out but I thought I would try figuring it out on my own before spending a bunch on money on the electrician.

Does anyone have any suggestions to try? I will try to get a picture tonight if that would help?

Thank you in advance!


romex1220 10-04-2013 05:29 PM

Well if it worked before the electrician did his work, then it's more than likely something the electrician did

dmxtothemax 10-04-2013 06:00 PM

Are you sure that the fan was working,
before the electrician put in the new breaker ?
Is the fan switched seperately from the light ?
Does the light work ?

If neither work, then check for power at switchs,
Then if nessecary check at breaker or nearest recepticule.

stickboy1375 10-04-2013 06:46 PM

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Why install a new breaker? Just simply make a splice to avoid two wires under one screw.

diyer111 10-09-2013 08:39 PM

Post a pic of the switch box opened up... would help allot. Thanks

brric 10-09-2013 09:10 PM


Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 1249561)
Why install a new breaker? Just simply make a splice to avoid two wires under one screw.

You must not be aware of what some of those home inspectors come up with. It can be truly amazing. :no:

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