How to bypass pull chain on ceiling fan

How to bypass pull chain on ceiling fan

If you have an old ceiling fan and could not find a pull switch for replacement or want to bypass the pull chain for any reason, this article will help you to complete your project.

You have to know the wiring to bypass the pull switch. After a few years, pull chain switches usually wear out. If the pull string stops working or you’re tired of flailing around in the dark, the light and fan can be bypassed to operate from a wall switch.

A wall switch is the most reliable option for operating your ceiling fan and light. In this post, you will know how to handle the fan and light separately.

Step 1: Turn off the power.

Open the circuit breaker first, and turn off the switch for the room where you are going to work. You can turn off the main switch to be safe if you are unsure which breaker is for the room.

Step 2: Remove the light bulbs.

Set up a step ladder or a high stool to reach the ceiling. Make sure the ladder is secured perfectly and sturdy enough to handle the weight.

Carefully unscrew the light bulbs and set them on a towel nearby for further use. Remove any sconces or globes that are attached to the ceiling fan by removing any screws with a screwdriver.

Step 3: Remove the light fixture.

A few screws you will find that hold the ceiling fan’s fixture or the main housing where the wiring is hidden. Remove these screws with a screwdriver, remove the fixture so you can see the wiring and switch. Place the screws and detachable fixture in a safe place until you’re ready to reattach them.

Step 4: Take out the pull switch.

Remove the nut that holds the switch on the fixture’s side. You will find a small nut on the fixture’s exterior. To access the pull chain switch, unscrew this nut completely.

Step 5: Remove the switch.

Now you need to remove the pull chain switch. Simply unclip the pull cords and then follow the next step.

Step 6: Run wire.

If there is no wiring between the fan to the wall switch location, you will have to run the wire first.

Step 7: Select the switch location.

The first step is to determine where the switch will be installed. Cut a hole in the wall large enough for a double gang electrical box once you’ve made your decision.

Step 8: Selecting wire size.

The wire size must be determined by the size of the circuit breaker that protects the circuit. If the breaker is 15 amps, 14 AWG wires can be used. You’ll use 12 AWG wires if the breaker is rated at 20 amps.

Step 9: Selecting switches.

Any single pole snap switch can be used to turn the light on and off. The fan’s switch can also be a snap switch. Install a fan control switch instead of a regular wall switch if you want to control the fan speed from the wall switch.

You will find a 3-speed fan control switch or 3-speed fan and light control switch in local shops or online.

Step 10: Wiring.

There should be three bundles of wires in the box if the ceiling fan is currently wired without a wall switch. One ungrounded black wire should be present. There should be one ungrounded black wire. Also included is a bundle of green grounding wires.

Step 11: Connections in the ceiling.

First, connect two black wires, one from the wall switch and another from the ceiling. Then connect all the white wires that come from the wall switch and the ceiling fan box. Then connect all the bare/green wires on both sides. Then you find a red wire coming from the wall switch and a black wire from the fan, twist them together. And finally, connect two blue wires that come from the ceiling fan and wall switch. Your ceiling side wiring is done.

Step 12: Connections at the wall switches.

In both LINE terminals of these switches, connect black wire using a pigtail connector. If necessary, connect the white wire to the switch with a wire connector.

The bare wire will be connected to the grounding terminal of both switches. The red wire will go to the LOAD terminal and the blue wire to the light switch/light terminal. All wiring is done.

Final Verdict:

After finishing all wiring, you need to reattach fan blades and a light kit. Then you can test by closing the circuit breaker and turning on the switch. If everything is ok, you do the job successfully. If it does not work, call a professional to identify the problem.

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