I don’t even remember who did it or how it happened, but some time ago the pull chain to the light switch in my kitchen ceiling fan was yanked out! It has caused some hassle over time because we have to turn the fan on at a light switch in the hallway. Not a major inconvenience, but it also meant the fan couldn’t run without the light on. Our central ac unit is completely broken, and the estimate to replace the system and get it up to new code laws is around $8,500. Needless to say, we are not prepared for THAT kind of financial set back, so I thought it would probably be cheaper to repair the ceiling fan!
I took a quick trip to Lowes Home Improvement and asked someone in the lighting area if it was possible just to replace the pull chain since it was broken off inside of the light fixture. He showed me this:
Apparently it’s called a switch and not a “chain yanker thingy”. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to call it a switch…Regardless, it was a fairly easy project. Here are the steps!
1. Turn all power to the ceiling fan off at the breaker box
2. Thank your brother for doing this for you since your husband has a broken rib and you are absolutely terrified to touch any electrical wires. Yes, I’ve been shocked before and it’s…unpleasant. I do also hope you enjoy his visor and “just got back from the lake” hair style.
3. Remove the screws or bolts holding the lighting assembly to the fan.
4. Pull out the old switch leaving the wires attached
5. Take a photo of the wires as they are attached. Take notes if you need to as well!
6. Make sure your new switch matches in size and wire count.
7. Pull off old switch and attach the new one using your photos as guides.
8. Put the switch back in the fan and re-attach all parts.
9. Restore the power to the area.
10. Pull on your “chain yanker thingy” and be glad you now have air circulation!
Have you ever changed out a switch on your own or did you just replace to whole fan?