Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-02-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


Dang it ! I pulled on the chain to slow down the ceiling fan, just in time for a cold front to pass through, but it broke off. Its less than 2 years old.

Only the light can be controlled by the wall switch. Even if I wanted to cut the power to that room (which I don't because the little darlings watch tv in there and I don't want them muscling their way into the living room, there is no dedicated breaker for only that room.

Is this thing fixable? I don't mind killing the hydro to the whole house to work on it, but before I take it apart I need to know if its worth my time.

Thanks in advance,
Attached Thumbnails
pull chain-ffan.jpg  

creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 27,518
Rewards Points: 4,152
Default

pull chain


It's about a $3.00 or less fix. Any hardware, or box store will have it.

joecaption is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


Joe Thx pal for the input, but I did keep the chain that stayed in my hand. So I guess I know the answer..kill the power and try and take the thing apart. No other way around it
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 22,125
Rewards Points: 2,892
Default

pull chain


Try this---no need to junk the fan---

Take off the light shade---you will see three small screws that hold light cap onto the can like part with the broken switch---

When that is loose--unplug the light from the fan---there is a square plug--they can be a trick to unplug---then look up into the can.

You will see the switch---to remove it---turn off the power to the fan--then unscrew the cap on the outside that the chain used to go through.

Pull out the switch---carefully cut the wires if you can't undo the wire nuts(usually they are a crimped on thing that can't be unscrewed)

Buy a new switch---Home Depot lighting department---get two small wire nuts,too----replace the switch---

The old one is glued together and can't be fixed----

If you have trouble----post a picture of the insides of the unit---Mike---
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oh'mike For This Useful Post:
creeper (06-02-2013)
Old 06-02-2013, 09:22 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


I will do as you advise when I get a chance. But for now I guess the blasted thing whirls around at full speed. Its throwing off a bit of a chilly breeze which is currently not welcomed
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 09:47 PM   #6
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 22,125
Rewards Points: 2,892
Default

pull chain


Broke in the on position----what a drag-----you could kill it by removing the switch---and wire nutting the two wires.
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 10:29 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


There is no visible switch, so I will take the cover off as you suggest and then post a photo for further instructions.

Just my luck that its cold out
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 11:20 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Eighty Four, Pa.15330
Posts: 1,339
Rewards Points: 676
Default

pull chain


Reverse fan rotation until you can take it apart.
bobelectric is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


Quote:
Originally Posted by oh'mike View Post
Broke in the on position----what a drag-----you could kill it by removing the switch---and wire nutting the two wires.
You can see the chain in this little plastic box. Cant seem to pry the black bottom off. Should it even come off

Name:  ForumRunner_20130603_105937.jpg
Views: 29
Size:  24.4 KB
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 11:10 AM   #10
JOATMON
 
ddawg16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: S. California
Posts: 7,573
Rewards Points: 2,476
Default

pull chain


Allow me to think out of the box....put a speed control on the wall?
__________________
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

My 2-Story Addition Build in Progress Link ... My Garage Build Link and My Jeep Build Link
ddawg16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


sorry not happening today
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 11:23 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


Off came the black lid..on went the chain..put it all back together..nothings changed...what am I missing
Attached Thumbnails
pull chain-fan2.jpg  
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 11:49 AM   #13
Electrical Contractor
 
jbfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Newnan GA
Posts: 5,921
Rewards Points: 2,238
Default

pull chain


Do you mean it is still running on high?

Those switches were never meant to be repaired.
$5 at home depot for a replacement.
__________________
Yes I am a Pirate, 200 years too late. "Jimmy Buffett"
jbfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 04:10 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: As always..beside myself.
Posts: 4,226
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

pull chain


Quote:
Originally Posted by joecaption View Post
It's about a $3.00 or less fix. Any hardware, or box store will have it.
Joe It was 4.99.

It seems you were right all along, except I didn't know what the heck you meant.

Sometimes you need to place the dots real close in order for me to connect them. It may be best to assume I know nothing and proceed from there.

FIY..peace and harmony have been restored to the family room
Thx

creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to creeper For This Useful Post:
oh'mike (06-04-2013)
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Starting a Stihl chain saw maddog1 Tools 6 04-05-2013 07:52 AM
old pull chain metal wall mount exhaust fans mssjam Remodeling 3 10-13-2012 05:33 PM
Garage door chain sag Sweet Lew General DIY Discussions 5 12-19-2011 09:48 AM
how to replace pull chain switch on ceiling fan lights carolraine Electrical 1 07-25-2011 07:38 AM
pull chain switch bobo Electrical 2 12-28-2005 06:16 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.