Circuit for Lighted Ceiling Fan Stopped Working?

I have a light switch that turns on a ceiling fan, it has worked for years, but now when I flip it to on, the ceiling fan and light does not come on. I have replaced the ceiling fan, but that did not fix it. I replaced the switch and cover, that didn't fix it either. I tested the wires, and it showed up as no voltage. What could the problem be and why would it just suddenly stop working?


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October 25, 20200 found this helpful

Did you check your electric panel for a blown fuse or a breaker that cut off? That should always be your FIRST check point with an electric problem. The old style fuses blow and breakers can go bad too. It's always cheaper to replace a fuse or breaker before replacing switches or light/fan units, if that winds up being the problem. If your electric panel isn't the cause, THEN you start with the more drastic and expensive solutions of switches and ceiling units. Good luck, and remember to always check the panel first.

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October 25, 20200 found this helpful

Your electrical panel, this happened to us , that the old fixture was tripping the lighting in that room. I would make sure it is not in the tripped motion, and also make sure all other levers and fuses are good.


And lastly check your new and old connectors to this new fixer(may need updating).

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October 26, 20200 found this helpful

Is this the only light in your home that isn't working? The reason I am asking is that a circuit breaker will normally supply electricity to other parts of your home. Have you tried to teat the outlets in the room and see if you have electricity that is running to them? If the circuit breaker has been tripped or the fuse is blown you would have other parts of your home with no electricity at all. It actually sounds like there is some old wiring in your home that has been cracked and broken that isn't making contact with the light switch in your room. You will need to first test the circuit box and make sure no breakers have been tripped or fuses burned.


If you don't find anything there it is now time to trace the wire backward to find out where the electricity starts again. Normally older homes are wired on a continuous loop. that means that they pull in one wire from the circuit box and wire the first switch. The wire is attached to the switch again and pulled to the next switch. This will make it easier to find which segment of wire in your home has gone bad. If you test each of the switches and the wire leaving the switch you can find out where the electricity has stopped. First, you can try to replace that switch to see if it flows again. if not then you'll need to replace that segment of wire.

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October 27, 20200 found this helpful

Electricity is one of the main things in a home that I always leave to the experts as I know how easy it is to think that power is turned off when it is only 'partially' turned off and that is scary.


You sound like you have a line tester so that is a good beginning but even having testers can be confusing for non-electricians.

I would like to suggest that you present your question to one or more of the forums where experienced people may be able to help you find your problem. These people will know the right questions to ask and can guide you through the workings. You will have to join the groups before posting your questions.

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