Help to buy/fix this fan part


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Old 09-20-20, 12:32 PM
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Help to buy/fix this fan part

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My fan pull bead string broke inside the housing, so I took apart the fan to fix it. To me it seems all I need is a replacement of the "little white wheel w/ bead sting already attached," then put everything back together and it will be fixed - similar to dropping in a threaded bobbin in a sewing machine. Where can I buy this needed part? The local Lowes does not have it.
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You need to replace the whole switch assembly there is no fixing those when this happens. Did this come from the fan portion or the light part? If the light those are available cheaply and easily fixed same with the fan speed switch but the wiring of that one is more complex and you need to make sure you get the correct replacement switch.
 
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Old 09-20-20, 12:54 PM
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You should be able to get a replacement fan switch at the big box stores and possibly the corner hardware store.

Example: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commerci...-306596875-_-N
 
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Thanks! These are fan parts from the pull string housing. Saw a replacement online where you can slide the wire out of the old and slide into the new. Think I'll get that to replace the whole thing.
 
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Old 09-20-20, 01:27 PM
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Tolyn Ironhand the Lowes only had wired ones. The old part has the wires held with a tiny clip, so they can be easily pulled and re inserted into a new one I can get. Thanks!
 
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Old 09-20-20, 02:17 PM
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You need to match a replacement switch to the old one.
There are at least three different styles of switches and they are not interchangeable.

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Old 09-20-20, 02:45 PM
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PJmax Do the numbers correspond with the different color wires? For example red=1
 
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Yes the numbers do mean different speeds but you need an exact match for the location and where each number is. The new switch has to have them in the same location and you will have to wire it exactly as the old broken was was wired
 
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Okay, thanks! Will see if the one online will match later this evening.
 
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I don't know how old your fan is but if it is a modern made in China the switch will be made by Zingear or Sunlight or another Chinese make you can match the model or part number and find the appropriate replacement.
 
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Pull chain switches are used in many products.

Multi pull switches start with OFF, then step through to next lead position and finally back to OFF.

Deltagirl should get one with four leads, 1 for power in, 2, 3 and 4 for each speed.

AC motors are usually started on hi then stepped down. Common practice is use 1 for Hi speed, 2 for Medium, 3 for Low., etc.

"L" is for Line or power in.

Here are some:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...witch&_sacat=0

Ceiling fans typically draw little current so 1 or 2 amps should be OK for most
 

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Thanks, everyone! The replacement arrived today and I just finished installing it. I got the same Zingear model that was in the fan. The wires slide in and are held by a metal clip in both the old and new one. So glad to have the ceiling fan working again!
 
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Awesome job. Thanks for letting us know how you made out.
 
 

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