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Old 06-01-2019, 09:55 AM   #1
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The three bedrooms in my house each have a light switch by the door and a cieling fan with lights. The switches however do not turn on the fan or the light, or do they turn on any other outlet in the room. Is this a simple fix? What should I be looking for?
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:07 AM   #2
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Re: Switch question


I assume the light and fan are being controlled by other means, remote or pull cord?

When you check outlets for switched power, check both upper and lower plugs, sometimes they only switch half of an outlet.

How old is the house/lights?
Is this a new to you home?
Is there an attic where chasing those wires might be possible?

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There could have been a half switched receptacle. If someone replaced it and did not cut the tab on the hot side the switch would stop working.
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Home is new to me. It was built in 1981. Is there anything to look for in the fan box or switch box? I was thinking something simple like a wire not hooked up.
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Home is new to me. It was built in 1981. Is there anything to look for in the fan box or switch box? I was thinking something simple like a wire not hooked up.
There is power in and maybe out, you are looking for a white wire connected to the black wires, that would indicate a switch somewhere.
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Since all three rooms have the same problem strange for it to be wired wrong, someone should have addressed it long ago. As Joe mentioned someone may have changed out all of the receptacles and missed the tab.

Joe will be back but give us the number of wires and color in the light/fan box. And then same for one of the switch boxes.

As asked before, are the fan and light currently operating with pull cords? If yes then the fan/light have been operating that for some time. If no then something changed and the switch or a remote should have the control. If remote there would be an additional box inside the light box.

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It's unlikely in a room with a ceiling box that there'd be switched outlets. Not
that it couldn't be done but it would be a dumb way to do things.
More likely that person who put up the fan units wired them with black and
white from the ceiling box and left the red(switched) unused. Switches could
also be wired via a switch leg in which case there'd be another black, rather
than a red.
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Thanks that's what I was thinking. Should be able to check later today.
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Tell us what wires and how they are connected at the switch. Picture.

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It depends where you are.

Where I am a lot of 70s/80s home had bedrooms wired with switched outlets because swag lamps were popular. Later, when the people wanted ceiling fans in the bedrooms, the DIYer would grab any hot in the attic and run it to the fan/light vs trying to rewire the switched outlet to always hot and having to fish a xx/3 from the switch up to the fan light.

So, some houses are still switched outlet and pull chain for fan/light.

The other one is they may have had a remote in the fan light. Wouldn’t be the first time someone packed the remote when moving out.
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