Help with replacement 3 speed ceiling fan switch.


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Old 04-23-17, 09:29 PM
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Help with replacement 3 speed ceiling fan switch.

Original switch broke on a good fan, went to Home Depot and got a replacement switch, but can not get all three speeds and off to work.

old switch wired
Black - L Green - 3 Brown - 2 Grey - 1

Tried the following, black wire always in L with;
Green - 3 Brown -1 Grey - 2
Green - 3 Grey - 1 Brown - 2
Grey - 3 Green -2 Brown - 1
Grey -3 Brown -3 Green - 1
Brown - 3 Grey - 2 Green - 1
Brown - 3 Green -2 Grey - 1

I'd say 80% of the time the result is High and Low, with no Med or Off. The only option left is to move the Black from L, but I'm afraid if I do this it will make the magic blue smoke come out of the motor. Trying to figure out where else to go before buying a new fan.
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Old 04-23-17, 09:53 PM
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Make and model of the fan, please.
 
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Old 04-23-17, 10:07 PM
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The problem is you have to replace the switch with the exact same switch that was in originally. They all look the same but they are internally different. Depot carries several "universal" ones and one of them may work.

The picture shows the difference among three switches that all have the same labels.

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You have to match the new one to the old one.
 
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Old 04-24-17, 08:59 AM
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That makes a lot of sense. Thank you.
 
 

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