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How can one wire a ceiling fan switch?

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Almost all ceiling fan switches use one of a few general wiring types. Most ceiling fans have four wires, and to install a switch, a voltmeter, a stepladder, a screwdriver, a paper clip and a switch are required.

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The first and most important step is to turn off the appropriate circuit breaker switch so that no power is going to the ceiling fan; this prevents electric shock. The next step is to remove the screws that hold the light beneath the blades of the ceiling fan and untwist the connectors so that the light kit comes off. Then, untwist the piece holding the speed switch, and pull the switch out of the housing without disconnecting the wires. The next step involves writing down which wire is connected to which slot in the fan, as there is no universal wire coloring or numbering system. Next, using a small, pointed object, insert the object into the wire slot to release the spring clamp, and pull up to remove the wires one by one. With the new switch in hand, start threading the chain through the hole on the side of the housing and twist the switch back into position. Reinstall the light by connecting the wires back together using the information written down previously. Finally, reinsert the screws and turn the ceiling fan breaker switch back on to test the new switch.

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