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Old 07-10-2010, 04:13 PM   #1
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I've been taking a break on my porch project and focusing on some issues in my air conditioned home


Within a few months of installing a ceiling fan in my bedroom, I noticed that it all of a sudden wouldn't start spinning from the off position when I flipped the light switch, giving it electricity.more often than not, It now needs a slight push to start moving. Anyone ever have this happen? thanks for your help.

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It would help if you stated the wiring situation. Are you starting it off in low?
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"Are you starting it off in low?"

thanks for the reply!

It definitely happens almost every time when I start it in low, less often when in the fastest setting, but it still happens more than half the time.


not sure what info to provide about the wiring. what info would help?
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"Are you starting it off in low?"

thanks for the reply!

It definitely happens almost every time when I start it in low, less often when in the fastest setting, but it still happens more than half the time.


not sure what info to provide about the wiring. what info would help?
How is the fan wired? Is there 12-3 or 14-3 supplying the fan? If not what wire size and number(of wires) are supplying the fixture? Are the fan and the light operated, separately, by the switch or do you control the light and fan by the pulls on the fan?
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How is the fan wired? Is there 12-3 or 14-3 supplying the fan? If not what wire size and number(of wires) are supplying the fixture? Are the fan and the light operated, separately, by the switch or do you control the light and fan by the pulls on the fan?
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ok....as far as the wiring, i am not sure. i just detached the old fan and hooked up the new one. if it's essential to know this, i can disassemble the fan and check, although i will need some guidance identifying 12-3 vs. 14-3. can this determined at the fuse box?

the fan and light have separate pulls on the fan, both of which go on or off when the I flip the switch on the wall.

thanks again for your help....
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The size of the wire is irrelevant, I just wanted to know if the ceiling box was supplied by 2 individual hot wires. With this set up, you can operate the fan and light from the wall switch. In this case, the fan speed is always set on high(at the fan) and the speeds are adjusted at the switch. If the fan speed at the fan is set lower, to medium or low, the fan doesn't work properly.
If you're getting 120 volts at the ceiling box and the wiring is correct, the fan could be bad. If you put the fan speed on high and turn the wall switch on, does the fan operate correctly? Is the issue only at low speed?
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