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How to Replace a Hunter Pull Chain Switch for a Light

Ceiling fans are an excellent way of cutting down on utility costs. In the summer they can cool a room, while in winter they can force warm air that rises to the ceiling back down into the room. Most ceiling fans employ a pull chain for operation and the popular brand Hunter is no exception. These chains can break and need repair; luckily it is an easy job that any do-it-yourselfer can manage.

Fix Hunter ceiling fans.
  1. Turn off the power to the fan at the fuse box or circuit breaker. This should be located in the basement.

  2. Disassemble the outer portions of the Hunter ceiling fan. Remove the bulbs and any decorative coverings that cover the light-box assembly.

  3. Take the light-box off the fan. It is held on by three screws. Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the light-box.

  4. Remove the circular cap that the pull chain comes out of; this is called the end cap. Unscrew it by hand and pull it off over the pull chain. The connective wires will now be visible.

  5. Place a new pull chain switch in place. Replace the end cap to hold the chain in place.

  6. Connect the wires from the pull chain switch to the light-box. Connect black to black first, then the remaining switch wire to the other black wire from the light-box.

  7. Attach the light-box to the fan with the three screws.

  8. Put all of the decorative elements back in place and replace the light bulbs. Turn the power back on and test your Hunter ceiling fan pull chain.

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