Wall Box/Switch/Ceiling Fan/Electrical Wires


Old 10-05-15, 06:33 AM
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Wall Box/Switch/Ceiling Fan/Electrical Wires

My 2 year old starting moving this dial around and all of a sudden it started to smell like wires were burning. There are small vents on the top and small puffs of smoke started to rise out of the top. I shut off the breaker that controls this room and it stopped. We recently had his room painted and the box is pretty stuck on there. Is this something I need to worry about? The box wasn't hot, but the smell from the box was horrible. How do I fix this--see attached pic.

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Old 10-05-15, 07:46 AM
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You have to remove the box so you can see what happened. Spinning the dial shouldn't have caused a short. Try to remove the cover to see how it's mounted. If that doesn't work, cut around the box with a utility knife. Then try to get a screwdriver behind it.
Old 10-05-15, 08:09 AM
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Do you know what it controls (or is supposed to control)?
Old 10-05-15, 08:20 AM
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it controls a ceiling fan (note the pic is turned sideways). the celing fan also has 3 small built in lights attached.

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