The pull chain on your ceiling fan can be pulled to adjust the various speeds.
If you use a control switch on the wall, you will want to have the chain
pulled to any of the speed choices. If you are not able to feel or hear the
pull chain as it is moved from speed to speed, there is a high probability that
it may need to be repaired or replaced.
When it comes to the wall speed control, for a ceiling fan with three speeds,
you will need to leave your fan in the highest speed position. If for any
reason, it is pulled to the low or medium speed and then you turn the wall
switch to the lower setting as well, your ceiling fan will not operate. If
you leave your fan in the low or medium position for any length of time, the
high-speed position could actually cause damage to your fan. Additionally,
the switch may also be damaged from over heating.
Keep in mind that the wall speed control has a limited lifespan. If your
control should be missing any of the speeds, go ahead and replace it with
a new control. In fact, this may be a good time to try an entirely
different brand. For the reverse switch on your ceiling fan, you need to
ensure this is in a specific position, being either left or right. If you
are not sure, flip the switch back and forth to guarantee it is not resting
in the middle position.
Your ceiling fan motor has windings that help to control the speeds should
they break. This problem is prominent in the Promotional or Moderate Grade
fan. The winding cannot be repaired; therefore, you will have to have a
complete new fan installed. Another part that can wear out is the capacitor.
In most cases, this part will overheat when it starts to go out, resulting
in a melted outer casing.
Ceiling fans have advanced dramatically in recent years and are more creative
than ever before. If your fan is older, check out some ceiling fans on the
Internet or at a local lightening or home improvement store near you. More
than likely, you will be surprised by the vast selection and many options of
making the operation easier and more enjoyable.