# Hunter ceiling fan problem

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Tom Lager, Jun 23, 2007.

1. ### Tom LagerGuest

A neighbor broke the pull chain switch in his Hunter ceiling fan. The
switch has 4 positions, low, medium, high and off. He decided to try
making the repair himself so he went to a hardware store and somehow got
the right switch. He then took the old switch out along with the capacitor
block that provides speed control. When he couldn't remember which wire
went where, he called me. Does anybody know where a print can be had for
one of these beasts? He doesn't have the paperwork that came with the fan,
nor does he know the model number. I am hoping that the various models are
enough alike that I can get some general information to help him out.
Tom

2. ### Guest

| A neighbor broke the pull chain switch in his Hunter ceiling fan. The
| switch has 4 positions, low, medium, high and off. He decided to try
| making the repair himself so he went to a hardware store and somehow got
| the right switch. He then took the old switch out along with the capacitor
| block that provides speed control. When he couldn't remember which wire
| went where, he called me. Does anybody know where a print can be had for
| one of these beasts? He doesn't have the paperwork that came with the fan,
| nor does he know the model number. I am hoping that the various models are
| enough alike that I can get some general information to help him out.

How many wires are we talking about?

Do you have an inductance meter?

3. ### Tom LagerGuest

The switch has 3 wires, a black, a red and a blue. I think the black is
common. There are 4 positions on the switch, determined by the number of
times the chain is punned. From the off position, the first pull connects
the common and the red. The second pull connects the common to the blue.
The third pull connects the common to both the red and blue.
The capacitor block has 5 wires. At one end there are two grey wires, then
there is a space then 3 more wires, a green, a brown and a red. There is
printing on the side of the block. The top line reads "YCE". The second
THere are two leads that appear to go to the motor. I don't recall their
colors, but one appears to go directly to the motor and the other goes
through the reversing switch.
I am guessing that they are using the capacitor as a reactance to drop some
voltage to the motor, or are they messing with the phasing of the power fed
to one of the windings to slow the motor down by throwing the cap into the
circuit?
Sorry, I do not have an inductance meter. Most of my test gear is for