Ceiling fan pull chain came out

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Old 11-13-16, 12:01 AM
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Ceiling fan pull chain came out

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I have a ceiling fan with light (model unknown) and the fan pull chain came out. The light still works so assuming I need to replace the fan switch but want to make sure this is correct and appreciate your assistance.
I originally purchased a 2 wire light switch and a 3 speed ceiling fan switch (4 wire switch) as wasnt sure which to get & the price was right!
Our ceiling fan does have 3 speeds so would think that is the correct one to use. I saw a turorial on replacement but I want to make sure what the next step is.
Do i unscrew the 2 screws in lower area or the ones at top as pictured.
Thanks again for your help!
 
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Old 11-13-16, 04:57 AM
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But the chain that broke is from the fan, not the light kit. I would say remove the other screws.

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Old 11-13-16, 05:39 AM
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Usually each section is installed separately. You can remove the upper screws Tolyn showed but then you'll have the light kit hanging by the wires. If it's too much weight or annoying you can remove the lower two screws and remove the light kit so it's easier to work on the fan switch. Just remember to label or take a picture of the wires. Then after you replace the fan switch you can re-install the light.
 
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Old 11-13-16, 10:08 AM
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You will need to get to your switch and match a replacement from what is printed on the switch. There are many switches that look identical but operate differently.

Take a picture of the switch wiring BEFORE disconnecting it.
 
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Old 11-14-16, 03:59 PM
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Thanks so much for all your replies. I wasn't able to start this project immediately but plan to do this tomorrow. Will update you on my progress-thx
 
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Old 11-15-16, 03:00 PM
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Having problem with stripped screw

Have been trying to get one of the screws out from the upper fan area and havent succeeded yet. So I decided to try option 2, unscrewing the 2 screws at the bottom and getting access to the upper wires. I guess I was hoping after removing the screws that I could just rotate that & be able to access the top!
But do I need to unhook the wires and maybe there's a nut to unscrew or maybe push those wires up?
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Old 11-15-16, 04:45 PM
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Did the chain switch break? I see a piece of chain hanging out. What screw is stripped? Is it the screw head and screwdriver will not turn it?
 
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Old 11-15-16, 06:38 PM
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Thx. for your reply. The chain you see is for the light switch, the one for the fan came out & is higher up.
The stripped screw is in the middle of the pic. under the blades. I've tried every screwdriver and anything similar in the house which is a lot-& pliers etc. for several hours & nothing works!
 
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Old 11-15-16, 06:48 PM
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That screw is the only way to get to the switch. Even if you take off the light section it will not allow you access to the fan switch.

Remember, righty tighty, lefty loosey.
Make sure you are using the proper sized screwdriver. It really shouldn't be that tight.
 
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Old 11-15-16, 10:51 PM
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Well thx. for the righty tighty-lefty loosey reminder but it's just a stripped screw. Maybe someone in the past didn't have the correct sized screwdriver & and now there's no defined place to attach the screw driver to
 
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Old 11-16-16, 04:31 AM
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Drill the head of the screw off. If you have a dremal tool cut a slot in screw head and use a flat head screwdriver. Usually easier to drill screw head off. Use a bit a little smaller that the screwhead.
Can't tell from picture but you might be able to use pliers on screw. Take one of the screws to hardware store and replace it.
 
 

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