Can I replace a wall mounted knob (fan speed control) w/ dimmer switch?


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Old 10-01-14, 12:06 PM
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Can I replace a wall mounted knob (fan speed control) w/ dimmer switch?

I have a triple switch wall plate in my master bedroom, which has 2 light switches (one on either side) and a knob in the middle, which controls the ceiling fan speed. The knob has 4 settings, iterated twice on the knob: Off, low, medium, and high.

I want to replace the wall plate, switches and knob, but don't know what is compatible with the rotary knob in the middle. Can I replace it with a dimmer switch of some kind?

Any insight and/or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
Sarah
 
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Old 10-01-14, 12:46 PM
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Can I replace it with a dimmer switch of some kind?
No, apples and oranges. Does the fan have a pull chain speed control also? If so you can just eliminate the speed control and wire the fan always hot or use a regular switch. (Note some will advise the fan should always be started on high which makes a wall switch less ideal.)
 
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Old 10-02-14, 04:50 AM
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Motors need to have a speed control used, not a dimmer. A dimmer is not made for use with motors and would cause a failure of the motor or dimmer.
 
 

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