Installation & repair

How to repair my ceiling fan light string won’t pull and how to fix a broken ceiling fan light

Sometimes my ceiling fan light string won’t pull. You must have encountered this as well because this is a common error. Don’t worry, the website and author Toby Nwazor has several ways to repair this problem. In this article, the author will show you how to fix a broken ceiling fan light.

What is ceiling fan light

The concept of ceiling fan lights

Ceiling fan lights are a wonderful combination of light and wind. With a beautiful, ornate design, they also work as the perfect decoration for the space.

The basic structure of the product is the motor and the propeller. Under the fan bulb, they are also fitted with a lighting unit with a very diverse design. This special design has enhanced the functionality of the interior products.

What is the special feature of ceiling fan light?

Light style

Depending on the installation space, the design as well as the material and size of the lamp also vary. Most propellers can be made of wood to be more efficient.

Compact design

In the bedroom, the lamp design will be smaller. Usually the propeller will be made of plastic. Depending on the design, the wings will be exposed to the outside or inside the fan cage. The integrated LED light is superior so users can rest assured.


The product will have the effect of cooling and lighting. With a modern design, integrated with many features, the sound frequency of the fan will prevent mosquitoes from visiting the house.

How to fix ceiling fan light string won’t pull 

Here are my personal experiences, you can refer to and choose according to the problem of your home fan light.

Method 1: Remove the cover of the lamp

The first thing you need to do is turn off the power at the breaker to ensure safety. Locate your circuit breaker, be it in the basement, closet or even outside the house.

If you’re not sure which switch is for the room with the ceiling fan, turn off the main power just to be safe.

Remove the bulbs carefully and place them on a nearby towel. The purpose of removing the bulbs is to prevent them from breaking.

Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the light in place. You need to store them together and follow the nail system as the manufacturer.

Use a screwdriver to remove these screws, loosen the fixings to see the wiring and switches.

Set the screws and removable fixings aside in a safe place to reassemble later.

Tighten the nut on the side of the fixture holding the switch. Unscrew this nut to remove it completely, giving you access to the ceiling fan’s pull chain switch. Set the nut aside for secure hold.

Here, you need to see the cases:

If the zipper is damaged, replace it with a new one. Use a screwdriver to open the switch to see if the chain needs to be replaced with a longer one, or preferably a new switch as well.

If the zipper looks replaceable, use a longer leash you already have to fix it instead of buying another one.

If the switch appears damaged, go to your local hardware store to purchase a replacement switch.

Method 2: Replace pull chain

Open the switch with a small screwdriver. Use a screwdriver to open the tabs along the switch.

When the switch is open, remove it from the wiring by pulling the wire off the switch.

Be careful not to lose any pieces when you open the switch. If you can’t see the springs and chains, open the protective plate that holds them inside the switch.

Remove the broken chain from the mechanism and the broken to the disc and spring. Don’t forget to put it out separately after you have removed it.

Place a longer piece of chain in place of the old chain.

Use your fingers to clamp the longer chain to the disc where the chain is broken.

Reassemble the switch by putting the chain and spring back in place. Replace the spring and chain attached to the disc to the switch. Pull the chain through the hole in the switch so you can pull it in easily.

Hold down the spring and chain mechanism with your finger or a screwdriver so it doesn’t pop up when you’re attaching the two main switch pieces.

Place the switch back inside the fixture and reinstall the switch nut. Put the switch back on the wire as you took it out. Make sure where you have removed the nut from the outside of the fixture.

How to fix my ceiling fan light string won’t pull

Method 3: Install a new switch

Buy a replacement switch at your local home repair shop. Take a photo of your old switch so you know which one to buy, or disassemble the old switch and take it with you. Find the fan’s light switch, and ask the staff at a home appliance or hardware store for help if you’re not sure which switch to buy.

Disconnect the wires attached to the old switch. Pulling or twisting the connectors holding the wires together will disconnect them from the old switch. Remove each wire attached to the old switch by unplugging the connectors and removing the old switch.

Take a picture of which wires are connected to the switch before disassembling it so you can then put them back together.

Use a wire stripper to strip the insulation from the ends of the wires attached to the new switch, cutting the insulation with a cutter before pulling it towards the end of the wire to remove it. This will allow the electrical connection to go through the conductors.

Twist the wires together and cover them with the connectors. Locate the old wires that your new wire will attach to and twist them tightly together using a clockwise motion. You can mark strings by code to make it easy to match the correct wires together. Cover the bare wire with a twisted-pair connector, making sure the entire bare wire is covered.

Refer to the picture you took of the wires the old switch connects to, if necessary.

Twisted connectors are also known as nuts and can be found at your local hardware store.

Place the new switch in the fan housing to reattach the outer nut. Since you removed the small nut on the outside of the fixture holding the switch in place before, it’s time to reassemble it. Hold the switch inside the fixture and screw the nut back on the outside of the fixture to hold the switch in place.

Method 4: Put the fixture together

Hold onto the wiring and screw it back into place. Once your switch is replaced, hold the switch in place and use the screws to re-screw the switch with a screwdriver.

Place the bulbs back in the fixture if necessary. If you have removed any bulbs, keep in mind the correct fixation position.

Turn the power back on through the breaker. Go back to the breaker and flip the switch to turn the power back on. Then test the pull chain to see if it works. Flip the power switch in the room to turn on the fan.

If your ceiling fan light zipper is now fully installed, pull it up slightly to see if it works. If the light comes on or the fan starts spinning, all is fixed.

Be careful not to use too much force to pull the chain as this is the cause of the chain breaking. This is also the simplest way to adjust the string of the ceiling fan light.

Safety rules when fixing ceiling fan light string

  • To reduce the risk of personal injury and related property damage, observe the following safety rules:
  • Turn off the power at the mains before installing the ceiling fan
  • Confirm that there are no obstructions at the ceiling fan installation location
  • Select the socket type that is compatible with the wattage of the ceiling fan light
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for more product information before installation
  • Instructions on how to install a ceiling fan, how to connect a ceiling fan with a light
  • This job requires you to be meticulous, careful and can take you several hours to complete based on the type of fan and personal experience.

Determine the location of the ceiling fan light string installation

Choosing a ceiling fan light installation location is just as important as choosing a ceiling fan light. The right placement ensures your safety as well as the performance and efficiency of the fan. When choosing a ceiling fan installation location, consider the following criteria:

  • Ceiling fans provide optimal airflow when hung at least 8 to 9 feet above the floor
  • Ceiling fan blades must hang at least 7 feet from the floor. If you are installing a fan on a high or sloping ceiling, you may need a longer period of time to maintain blade clearance.
  • Ceiling fan blades must be at least 8 inches to 10 inches below the ceiling
  • Ceiling fan blades must be at least 18 inches away from walls, doors, cabinets and posts
  • Locate the fan on the ceiling and the surrounding area without cracks or damage
Determine the location of the ceiling fan installation

How to fix a broken ceiling fan light?

Ceiling fan is a product designed with a unique and novel design. Its lifespan can be up to several decades. However, in the process of long-term use, it is inevitable to malfunction and damage. Don’t worry, in this article, we will guide you to fix the ceiling fan with common errors. 

Common mistakes when using ceiling fan light

Like many other devices, ceiling fans will also malfunction when used for too long. If you find the right cause, you will easily fix it without replacing it. Here are some common mistakes when using ceiling fans that you should know:

  • Spinning slower than usual.
  • Spinning but not cool.
  • Working and makes noise.
  • Ceiling fan lights not working

These are all basic mistakes when using ceiling fans for a long time. If you do not know how to fix it, you can call the address provided for instructions and repair support. In addition, you can also repair the ceiling fan yourself at home according to the instructions below.

How to repair ceiling fans light 

To repair the ceiling fan quickly and cost-effectively, you should find out the cause. Once the exact cause is identified, it will be easier to fix. Here are some instructions for fixing ceiling fans and lights at home, you can refer to:

Ceiling fan lights rotate slowly

The cause may be due to a lot of oil or dirt. So to fix this error you need to remove the control box. Then, wipe the entire dusty area, apply more oil to the bearing to make the fan spin faster.

The ceiling fan is not cool

The cause may be due to the fan using the built-in reversing mode or the ceiling is too high. To overcome this case, you can design the fan to have the best distance when used. In addition, some products have built-in reversing modes. When in clockwise mode, the fan will not cool, usually used in winter to draw moisture from the floor.

Ceiling fan lights operate with noise

It is possible that the fan has loose screws, the internal bearings are loose. You need to double check to fix it.

Ceiling fan lights not running

There are many reasons for this situation. It could be due to loose plug, motor failure, broken coil. In case of loose plug, please check and re-plug.

Ceiling fan is shaking due to uneven blades

One of the main causes of ceiling fans shaking can be mentioned as uneven fan blades. This is an error from the manufacturer, so before receiving the fan, you need to check it carefully to avoid problems later. Uneven propellers will cause the fan to lose its balance in weight. From there, creating a large difference causes the shaft to wobble, leading to vibration.

Check if the ceiling fan blades are even

To know if the propeller is even, you will conduct an inspection. Use a tape measure from the ceiling to the fan blades. Sometimes the propeller hits the lamp a lot and leads to a damaged condition.

The joint between the ceiling fan blades is uneven

Shaking ceiling fans can also be caused by uneven joints between the blades. This makes the ceiling fan’s lights not work smoothly and efficiently.

To overcome this situation you can replace the propeller. In addition, it is also possible to manually adjust the wing arm by using a slight force to adjust the propeller to have an even space.

Screws are loose

One of the reasons why the ceiling fan is shaking is because the screw is loose. The screw part is an important connection point to keep the fan stable. Therefore, if the screw is loose, it can cause the ceiling fan to shake, vibrate and operate not smoothly.

How to fix my ceiling fan light string won’t pull

F.A.Q: How to fix my ceiling fan light string won’t pull 

How do I pull the zipper when it’s stuck to the light box?

First, turn off the circuit breaker or fuse for this electrical area. You then remove the lamp cover, keeping one hand underneath the plate and holding it tight as you remove the screws. Then gradually open the box, don’t forget to keep the screws so that it can be closed like from the beginning.

How to choose a replacement pull chain of ceiling fan lights?

You can rely on the characteristics of each zipper on the ceiling fan light. That is the length, material and color of each one.

Is there a need to use a zipper lubricant on the ceiling fan?

You can use them but with some care. Use a non-conductive lubricating spray. You also need to locate the area where the pull chain leads to the switch and spray lubricant on. Also, try pulling the leash slightly to see if you can turn the light on and off to find the fault.

Is it possible to change the color of the light cord of the ceiling fan?

You can, but before changing, you should choose a different color than the color of the wire inside the bulb. This will help you avoid using the wrong wire.


Above are the ways my ceiling fan light string won’t pull and how to repair a broken ceiling fan light. Hopefully the above information can help you fix it yourself in a cost-effective and time-saving way.

Toby Nwazor

Toby Nwazor is a serial entrepreneur, a success coach, a business development consultant, a strategist, a motivational speaker, and a freelance writer. He writes on other cool platforms like Entrepreneur magazine,, Good Men Project, and Business 2 Community and author of website articles . He is the founder of My Startup CEO where he gives kick-ass motivation and provides helpful tips for start-up business success. Follow him on Twitter, and Like MSC on Facebook

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