08:59PM | 03/06/14
The ceiling fan in our new rental house has up until recently turned on and off with 3 pulls. Last night it wouldn't turn off at all. About 10 minutes later it did turn off when the cord was pulled, however we noticed that it was now turning on and off on the 4th pull. I'm not really sure what the issue could be. Help?

David, Moderator

01:11PM | 03/08/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
262 lifetime posts
It sounds like your switch is going bad. I would mention it to your landlord since that should be his responsibility.
The switches can be replaced if he refuses.
You will need to remove the bottom cover on the fan housing which is usually held on with 3 screws.
Next, remove the outer nut that holds the switch in place. This will allow you to pull the switch out of the housing.
Remove wires from existing switch and push into receptacles on new switch. Reassemble and you should be good to go.
The switches come in several different varieties. Make sure you ask for a 3 speed when you purchase the new one.
Hope this helps

Helpful diy Tips
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon