How to Replace a 3-Speed Ceiling Fan Chain Pull Switch

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Replacing a 3-speed ceiling fan chain pull switch will have you working up close and personal with the fan motor. Replace a 3-speed ceiling fan chain pull switch 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'm going to talk to you about how to replace a 3 speed pull switch for your ceiling fan. For this job you'll need a couple tools. You will need a pair of wire strippers, electrical tape, and wire nuts. Here we have our fan motor and underneath the fan motor is the housing for all the wires. And right here is your three speed control switch. What we'll do is we will remove it by taking off this mounting screw here and then simply pull it out. Now if yours doesn't have wire nuts on there and they're wired together what you'll do is you'll take your wire snips and go ahead and cut each one of those. If you do have wire nuts or a quick connect go ahead and remove them. And there is our old 3 way switch. Now if you're not certain what type of 3 way switch you need you can always take this into a home improvement store or a local hardware store and get the exact one to match what you need. Now if you had to cut your wires what you'll do is you'll come back about a 1/2 inch and go ahead and strip it, that way we have something to connect our wire nuts to. Now here we're going to color coordinate our wires. If your wires aren't color coordinated with your new switch, on the back there's located numbers. What you'll do is you'll follow the instructions for your specific switch to make sure you get the wires hooked up right. We'll just go through and wire nut every one back together. Now after I have them all wire nutted what I'll do is I'll take and rip off about a three inch piece of tape and put it over every wire nut. That way these wire nuts aren't coming off very easily due to vibration of the fan, trying to tuck all the wires back in there, your connection stays nice and tight. Now after all that's done we will take our chain, put it through the hole and kind of feed our switch back into place, take our mounting screw and screw it back in. Make sure you don't go too tight because this is plastic and you don't want it to break. Then you hook your fan back up and you're done. I'm Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and we just talked about how to replace a 3 speed switch for your ceiling fan. Thanks for watching, good luck with this project.


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