Hunter ceiling fan will only run in one direction

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Old 09-01-17, 10:03 AM
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Hunter ceiling fan will only run in one direction

we have a 20 year old Hunter Ceiling fan that will now only run in the direction that blows air up. If I shut it off and then flip the direction switch, when I turn it back on nothing happens. I did try last year to open it up. I didn't see anything obvious, I put it back together and it worked for a week or so and then stopped again. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-01-17, 05:28 PM
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The reversing switch reverses one of the motor windings. It sounds like the switch may be dirty. A little contact cleaner should fix it.
 
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Thanks, I will give it a try.
 
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Well, I took the fan down, took it apart enough to get to the switch, read the label on the contact clearer i bought which said protect plastic and rubber parts and decided I better go back to the store for a different one. Since I had it down I took off the switch and tested it with a voltmeter and everything seemed to work. I put it back together and everything is working fine. I am not quite sure what I did but maybe i moved the switch back and forth enough to rub it clean or when I removed and re-installed the switch, I fixed a connection.

Anyway, it is working now.

Thanks again for your help.
 
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Old 09-03-17, 01:12 PM
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That's a pretty robust switch. Any contact cleaner will work. It only takes a little spritz. I've even sprayed it into the switch handle area to save from opening the junction box or removing the light fixture.
 
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