Ghost exhaust fan switch.


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Old 09-11-20, 03:35 AM
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Ghost exhaust fan switch.

I noticed something new with the exhaust fan switch in my downstairs bathroom. When I switch off the fan my kitchen and laundry room lights go off as well. I have no clue which direction to go or wether this is doable by myself.

I am pretty rounded diyer. I have added a room to my garage and various other projects. So electrical isn't foreign to me, although this has never happened.

Just to note. I haven't done any electrical projects on the house for quite a while. Everything has been going smoothly in the house for a couple years now. No changes just new weird problem.

Thanks for any help
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Old 09-11-20, 06:51 AM
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You said "ghost". That makes me thing something odd or intermittent is happening. Do the other lights go on/off with the bath fan switch every time or is this a new or intermittent problem?

Do the kitchen & laundry light always goes on/off with the fan switch? If so it's probably how the house was wired. If this is a new issue or it's intermittent then something has changed.

Have you removed the cover plate from the bath fan switch to see how many wires there are?
 
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Old 09-14-20, 11:16 AM
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I have had not had any issues. Hear are some pictures. Just started within the last month.
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I can't really see how anything is wired from the photos but the push-in connections on the back of outlets can be unreliable and lead to erratic performance. I would start by turning off the circuit breaker for that circuit. Then remove the wires from the back of the outlet and connect them to the screw terminals.

There is usually a small slot on the back next to the wire hole where you can push in a small flat blade screwdriver. This will release the wire so you can pull it out. I would do only one wire at a time so there is less chance to hook something up incorrectly. Then after doing that see if you still have ghosts playing with the lights.
 
 

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