How to Troubleshoot a Wall Switch for a Ceiling Fan

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Troubleshooting a wall switch for a ceiling fan will require a couple of important tools, like a flathead screwdriver and a volt reader. Troubleshoot a wall switch for a ceiling fan with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today I want to talk to you about how to troubleshoot a wall switch that's for a ceiling fan. For this job you need a couple tools. For this job you will need a volt reader and a flathead screwdriver. The first thing we're going to do is remove the cover plate. Take your flathead screwdriver and remove the finish screws for the plate. Now there's a couple more screws here that we're going to pull out to remove the switch. Now that we have the switch out I'm going to remove the electrical tape. So now we're going to take the volt meter, place it on the black screw at the bottom, since this is a 3 way switch. That is your power coming in, place it there and then we're going to take the other one and place it on the ground. It should read right around 120. So we have power running in through the bottom switch. Now measure the one right above it and it should read about the same. Now if you flip the switch the other way you have a red wire on the opposite side here that should read 120 as well. If you flip the switch and you don't have power on the other side, it means your switch is bad. The easiest thing to do is go get a new switch, take one wire off at a time to replace it. Now if you're dealing with just a regular switch, what you'll do is you'll measure the voltage running through the bottom wire and the top wire. You should have voltage running through one side and not the other. then flip the switch and you should have power running through both sides. Remember, before replacing any switch, kill the power at the main. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors and we just talked about how to trouble shoot a wall switch for a ceiling fan. Thanks for watching, good luck with this project.

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