Dimmer Switch Doesn't Dim

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Old 02-14-08, 12:34 PM
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Dimmer Switch Doesn't Dim

I recently replaced my ceiling fan with another one and thought it was just going to plug right in and work, like the last one. The switches were already set up and working, just replaced the fan. The wiring is as follows:

From Ceiling
  1. 1 Black Wire
  2. 1 Light Green Wire
  3. 1 White Wire
  4. 1 Ground Wire

From Fan
  1. 1 Black Wire
  2. 1 Blue Wire
  3. 1 White Wire
  4. 1 Green Wire Attached to Celing Mount

I matched the wires up and when I turn the power back on, the celing fan/light work, but the dimmer doesn't dim; it puts out one power which is high.

Any help would would be appreciated.
 
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Old 02-14-08, 12:45 PM
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You don't have a separate wire to control the fan and the light so the dimmer is going to control the fan as well. By connecting the dimmer to the fan AND the light you probably burnt out the dimmer.
 
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Old 02-14-08, 01:47 PM
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I currently have one switch dedicated to the fan and another switch dedicated for the lights. The fan seems to work fine on the 3 speeds. The light, however, only puts out 100% light instead of dimming with the dimmer. Do you still think the dimmer is burned out?
 
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Old 02-14-08, 07:05 PM
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Got it working....it was the switch itself that needed to be replaced.
 
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Old 02-14-08, 09:22 PM
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Something else is very wrong here also. You can not have separte control of the fan with the wires you have unless you are using one of the green wires to control the fan. That is avery serious code violation. Green is never permitted to be a current carrying conductor.
 
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Old 02-25-08, 07:45 PM
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Just Like I Thought

Originally Posted by tgpitch16 View Post
Got it working....it was the switch itself that needed to be replaced.
my parents (80's) had the same problem in their bed room, the switch was chained tight and wouldn't release ...GOOD TROUBLESHOOTING !!!

 
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