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Question DetailsAsked on 8/12/2016

how much replace chain on a ceiling fan thst controls speed

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Handyman - probably about $50-100 depending on distance to store to get matching or similar chain, if chain broke. Electrician typically $75-150, if a switch type where the chain goes through the switch throat in the switch housing or fan casing to the inside of the switch, so you cannot see the upper end of the chain or where it connects - in which case switch needs to be replaced, and may be a type that you have to get from a specialty switch place online or from the manufacturer, though many fit a standard size hole and you can find a reasonable replacement at home improvement or lighting supply stores - take the old one with you to match up. Switch probably about $10 or less. Of course tape off all switches to the fixture if taking out switch, and always best to test leads with a volt-ohm meter before handling wiring. Be sure to check manual (usually online at manufacturer website) for the number of speeds and the amperage rating of the switch - some large fans are too high powered for routine small pull switches, and of course if three-speed you need a three-speed switch.

DIY - $1-3 probably. In many cases, if the point where the chain hooks on is exposed to view, the chain is held in one of two ways - a crimped sheet metal fitting that holds the chain end ball, which you can carefully pry open with a knife or fine-tipped screwdriver just enough to slip the end ball of a new chain in, then crimp back closed (not crushed) with pliers. Other type is a fitting with a slot that the chain (or cord below the knot) slips down into. You just hold the fitting and slip the chain or cord pack up the slot (toward the wider end) to remove it, then slip new one in. Of course, make sure power is off when playing with this.

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