Issues with a bathroom light switch

Old 07-15-15, 05:49 AM
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Issues with a bathroom light switch

Good morning -

I think I may have a possible short in my bathroom light-switch but I would love to hear from others on the matter. I will run down the series of events:

House is 48 years old. I changed a blown bulb in the bathroom ceiling fixture. Later on that day I turned on the light and when I went to turn it off it remained on. The light switch is connected to an outlet in the box and the box is grounded - not the individual components. The switch controls the light and a ceiling vent. I turned off the power at the Circuit Breaker, changed the light switch, turned power back on and the switch worked - I flipped it on and off several times over a minute or two. I left the switch on while I did my bizness and when I went to turn it off I had the same issue with the light staying on. I shut off the power, changed the outlet as well and the same sequence of events occurred - works for a minute or two but if left on for an extended period it remains on. The rest of the lighting controlled by the circuit works as it should.

Anyone else ever experience this? Any ideas on the matter?

Old 07-15-15, 09:41 AM
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Tell us all the wires and connections at the switch, receptacle, and light. Is the wiring method cable?
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Does the ceiling vent fan (controlled by the same switch) also stay on when you flip the switch off?

Did you notice any insulation covering the wires cracked or flaking off?

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