Ceiling fan motors - dying


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Old 06-18-17, 09:08 PM
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Ceiling fan motors - dying

Hey all, I've replaced an old ceiling fan (w light kit), because the old fan was moving incredibly slowly, more so than it would normally on the lowest setting. I thought it was just an old fan, but the new one has also done this, after several months. After looking, the switch has an open ground, could this be the problem? Thanks!
 
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Old 06-18-17, 09:14 PM
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Open ground ??

Do you mean the switch is missing a ground wire ?
The ground is strictly for safety.

The fan will run fine without a ground at the fan or switch.
 
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Old 06-18-17, 09:21 PM
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PJmax, thanks for the welcome and post. The ground in the switch is simply cut too short to reach the switch, and I wouldn't think this would affect the motor, but trying to eliminate as possible. Second fan to be fried in this location!
 
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Old 06-18-17, 10:04 PM
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Is the switch backstabbed? If so the wires need to be moved to the screws. All wire nuts at the switch or fan need to be redone.

The ground in the switch is simply cut too short to reach the switch
If the box id metal it only needs to go to the box. By NEC connection to the switch is optional if a metal box and a plastic cover plate. If the box is non metallic you can wire nut a length of bare or green insulated wire to it and connect to the switch. As Pete stated though it is not your problem.
 
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The switch is back stabbed, I'll remove and redo, thanks!
 
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Old 06-18-17, 10:48 PM
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At the risk of exposing my ignorance, I don't suppose that resolving thks circuit will restore my fans functionality, would it?
 
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Old 06-19-17, 12:16 AM
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Backstabs or notorious for poor connection. Weather low voltage do to a poor connection damaged your fan is hard to say. Just have to try it and see.
 
 

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