- Before rewiring any ceiling fan, turn off electrical current at source by switching off circuit breakers.
- WARNING: Failure to disconnect power supply to ceiling fan may result in serious injury or death.
- Check wires and make sure to observe and write down which color wire from the fan is connected to which wire on fan switch (1, 2, 3, L).
- Cut the four wires from the existing fan switch using wire stripper and set it away.
- Strip wires around 1/2 inch.
- Connect the Black wire (L) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
- Connect the red wire (1) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
- Connect the Blue wire (2) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
- Connect the White wire (3) from the new fan switch to wire noted in step 1.
- Secure connection between the wires using wire connectors by twisting them clockwise (Connection of wires must be tested and verified, otherwise it may result in fire hazard, electrical shock or serious injuries).
Color Codes For Fans (Your Fan Wires Color & Position May Vary)
- Harbor Breeze ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Purple, 2=Brown, 1=Grey
- Hampton Bay ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Grey 2=Brown, 1=Purple
- Hampton Bay ceiling fan – Alternate colors: L=Black, 3=Yellow, 2=Purple, 1=Red
- Hunter ceiling fan: L=Black, 3=Green, 2=Brown, 1=Grey
- Some basket fans: L=Black (power), 3=Black (not power), 2=Blue, 1=Red
- Some exhaust fans: L=Black (power), 3=White, 2=Brown, 1=Red
Additional Wiring Guide
- L: Black
- 3: Attached to motor wire
- 2: Attached to motor wire
- 1: Attached to reverse switch terminal
Usually, there is no connection between this switch and the fan capacitor; however, the capacitor should have one microfarad reading and should have 2-3 wires. Two of the wires should be the same color on one end, for example, one end has 2 reds and the other end has 1 White