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How do you replace a ceiling fan switch?

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In order to replace a ceiling fan switch, turn off the power to the fan, remove the fan housing, remove the switch and replace it with a compatible unit. It is helpful to know the fan's make and model when purchasing the new switch to ensure it will fit.

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Follow these several steps below to access a ceiling fan switch and replace it.

  1. Turn off the power
  2. Turn off the power to the ceiling fan at the main electrical panel. As an added precaution, turn off the light switch to the fan as well. Use a voltmeter to ensure the power is off.

  3. Remove the cover
  4. Access the switch by removing the fan housing cover and unscrewing the nut on the switch.

  5. Access the switch
  6. While leaving the wires attached, pull the fan switch out of its housing and examine it. Take careful note of how the wires are attached to the switch, and either draw a diagram or take a picture of the wires to ensure the new unit is installed properly.

  7. Replace the switch
  8. Detach the switch from the wires and find a replacement switch online or at a local hardware store. When purchasing a replacement, ensure the new unit features the same number of speeds, wattage and size as the current switch. Install the new switch by attaching the wires in the same locations as outlined in the diagram or picture.

  9. Reassemble the fan
  10. Screw the new switch into place and reattach the fan housing cover. Turn the power back on and ensure that the new switch works properly.

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