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Ceiling fan does not work at all.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the
manufacturer's use of fasteners)
Replacement motor (manufactured or otherwise found compatible by
Circuit breaker fuse replacement
Your fan may not work at all. Before
resorting to replacing the fan or the fan's motor, there may be
other causes of the fan's total failure to operate.
If you find that the ceiling fan does not work at
all, do the
considering to work on the fan itself, be sure that the fan is
electrical power from a working circuit
breaker. Check that your circuit breaker is turned to "on,"
and if need be, replace any burned out circuit breaker fuse.
(See the electrical section.) (Having to disassemble the fan to figure out why it has failed,
only to find that the cause of the failure was because it was
not receiving electrical power in the first place would be a
complete waste of your time.) If the fan is receiving
power and yet is not operating, its cause is something else,
requiring you to work on the fan, as found below.
Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical
power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it,
including disconnecting the power.
exterior screws to the exterior cover of the fan and then remove
the exterior cover to gain access to the fan motor.
As a precaution,
use a voltage meter to make sure that the wires connected to the
fan are not live (have no power running through them).
(You should have disconnected the power to the fan from the
circuit breaker long ago, if you haven't done so already.)
Then look for a
limit switch on the fan motor. If you find that the switch has
tripped, simply reset the switch to the operating position.
This seems to have been your problem, and to confirm, re-connect
the power to the fan, and it should be working. If you
find that the fan is still not working, your motor is bad and
needs to be replaced short of replacing your whole fan, and
should you want to replace the motor, read on.
power to the fan again (and if you put the exterior cover back
onto the fan, take it off by unscrewing its exterior screws).
Take a look at
the fan motor (and if you desire, note on a sheet of paper where
and how the wires are connected to this motor) before you
disconnect it from the rest of the motor.
Take the motor to
a home improvement or appliance specialty store to obtain an
exact replacement motor.
replacement motor, following any manufacturer's guidelines, and
making sure the wires to the new motor are correctly attached, as
were the wires originally attached to the old motor.
power and turn on the fan, and it should work.
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