If there is power to the switch but the fan won’t turn on, the problem is something with the fan itself. Next check if the lights on the fan work. If the lights work but the fan does not work it may be the reversing switch. Check the switch and make sure it is not between settings and fully one way or the other. Another possible problem are the pull chain switches. Read the section below, “Pull Chain Issues”, for more on this.
Again, if power is making it to the fan but it won’t turn on, it could be a loose wire in the fan housing. Here’s how you check for loose wiring in your ceiling fan:
- You may need help holding the fan up as you check the wiring.
- Turn the breaker off so electricity isn’t going though the wires as you work on it.
- Loosen the screws in the fan housing and slowly lower the fan. Make sure nothing is hot with a tester.
- Check all of the connections between the fan wires and the wires in the box and make sure the nuts are tightened well.
- There might be connections within the fan housing, check these as well.
- Finally, check the connections at the pull chain if you have one and reassemble the fan.
- Turn the power back on and test the fan again.
If you still don’t have power it may be a problem with the box and power may still not be reaching the fan itself. Once again turn off the power and switch the breaker off. Take the fan down completely and disconnect all of the connections to the box. Once the fan is down, turn the power back on and turn the switch to the fan on. Use a non-contact tester to see if electricity is making it to the box. If the power is making it to the box then the problem is with the fan. If the power isn’t making it to the fan then the problem is with a connection between the switch to the box.