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 Posted: Fri Apr 6th, 2018 01:45 am
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Lane Shirey
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Hi everyone, the wiring diagram here is what I've been looking for for a long while. It is the correct wiring diagram to convert the Levolier to a toggle switch. This fan is a 24" Elephant Ear blade capacitor model model. 

I'd like to be able to say that this diagram was all my idea, but it's only due to the knowledge of a group of friends that this thing came together. So, special thanks to Jason Neill, David Allen, Mike Mirin and his son, and a long time friend John Fritz a retired engineer and radio collector. Also bits and pieces were gleaned from the forum from Russ, Stan, and others, who had posted parts of the puzzle. I merely assembled the pieces. 


There are many ways to wire the same circuit, and this example is proof, as both Jason and I came up with similar diagrams, but different, and both work. 


I'll later scan and post the diagram , but for those looking for an immediate fix, here's a photo of it.  


You'll need a 3 pole, double throw switch (I like Carling, but that's your choice ) , also you may want to pick up a fresh 5.0 Mfd cap., but make sure you get a 440v version, because the cap voltage is fairly high on these. 

These have 2 identical run coils and they are connected in series for low and parallel in high. The jumpers and 3 pole switch provide these connections. It's important to use an ohmmeter to identify the wires with continuity and also to disconnect the cap and then properly identify wires 1 and 2 on the drawing. 


First mark #4, it's the one that has the double tap off of the cap terminal ( or it may have a splice cap) then identify and mark #3. It's the one with approx . 10 ohm continuity with #4.  


The other capacitor terminal has a single wire that goes into the motor to the start coil. By measuring resistance between it and each of the remaining 2 wires, you can identify which of the remaining wires is 1 and  2 using the information at the left of the diagram. On my fan, the cap. wire to #1 measured 38.8 ohms, and to #2 measured 49.3 ohms. 


If 1 and 2 are switched, the fan will either not start, or will run noisily, because the run coils are out of phase. 


Be sure to monitor running current when testing, and if checking the cap. voltage, make sure to have the blade attached or it will show an incorrect high reading. 


These are the results: on high, a mere 1.7A and on low, only 1.05A on low. Less than some desk fans. And after an hour of running, it's only barely warm to the touch. And after adding new bearing grease, a 1.5 minute spin down. Yes, exactly 95 seconds. 


Best of success with getting your Emmy air circulators working despite a broken Levolier.

Lane














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Thank you for the wire diagram. And also your readings are very close to mine what model is to because on mine the tag was wiped and could you get a closer picture of the wires in the back

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Lane Shirey
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That one's already back together, but there's not much to tell from seeing the wires anyhow. You'll need an ohmmeter to determine which are which. That's the only way. 

The neutral should be connecting to the side with number 4. The diagram and instructions above are all you will need. 

I'll be doing a second one and will post some more pics. 

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Hey glad you got it going. I was happy to help contribute to the effort!

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Can you make one that shows how it would be wired with the original switch or did your not come with one when you got it. 

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Sorry, the levoliers weren't working. 

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More pics of the actual switch wiring. 

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Lane shirey thank you for all the information. My reads are very close to yours bit the one thing is is that I still have the original switch and I will probably have to help get it wired at the fan meet in May because I didn't see one the fourms anyone that has should a wire diagram on how to wire it with the original switch. Thanks again and if I need to wire it this way you will have helped me out alot. Also what model is your mine is missing the tag. 

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Lane Shirey
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K60-TB,  both of them

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Thank you and that is cool that you have two I would like to get more but not enough space.

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And also what paint did you use for the first pedestal fan in the picture. 

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I won't be back in the shop until this weekend, but it was Rustoleum metallic , I think Antique bronze with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel overcoat. Look at Home Depot, for the metallic, you'll recognize the right one. It's a tad lighter than original but I like it. 

Rustoleum titanium silver metallic on the cage and struts. I hope that helps you. 


They are both the same color

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Thank you

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Is this the correct paint

for the cadge and struts. 

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Lane Shirey
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Yes

It takes a few days to fully harden, but looks good. A tip is to spray with the can upside down, the metallic applies better for some reason. 

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Thank you 

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Your wiring job looks amazing. Would not suspect that wasn't factory issue!

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Thanks guys!  I hope it helps someone down the road. 

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I just saved one from the recycling center. All the wiring has been taking apart from the switch I will try your diagram that you posted to see if it works hope it does. My question is what do the letters after K60 mean? Mine shows K60SM also has different cage

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Just ohm out the pairs, and hopefully they’ll match up to my diagram.  The theory is that there are 2 run coils and a start coil.  The switch either connects the run coils in series, or in parallel to get the 2 speeds. 

By ohming pairs, you can figure out which are the run pairs, mark them , then identify the ones that are left. 


Best of luck!

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I got another Emerson pedestal fan. Going to try and wire it up my self this time. I will tell you if I can wire it up correctly. Thanks again for posting this to the group. It is very helpful

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Excellent information! And that's one beautiful fan, Lane!

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Thanks Dan and Zachary,  it wasn’t that purty when I got it! 

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I successfully wired that fan up thanks to your wire diagram. Tomorrow I am going to wire my other one up. I will post about it later.  :clap: :clap: :clap:





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Lane Shirey wrote: Thanks Dan and Zachary,  it wasn’t that purty when I got it! Here is my wiring. I also made a key to go on the shaft because it was missing when I got it .






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Lane Shirey wrote: Thanks Dan and Zachary,  it wasn’t that purty when I got it! Wired my other one 

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Hey Zachary I have one of these and can't get the blade you have any tips that might help.
Thanks Marce

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PM me

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Send me some pictures of it. This is how I do it, I loosen the set screws and then I put some liquid wrench on the set screws and let them soak before I try to take them out. The when I loosen them I take 2 big flat head screwdrivers and tap them in on each side. Make sure to do it at the same time. 



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Zachary Parr wrote: Lane Shirey wrote: Thanks Dan and Zachary,  it wasn’t that purty when I got it! Wired my other one 

Finished it up and it runs nice on both speeds .

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Just wired my 30" Emerson pedestal fan up and it runs great! Next I am going to wire a 24" emerson ceiling mount emerson. 



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Here is the 24" emerson I am wiring. 

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Here is the fan running. 

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Great Info!
You might want to add the switch spec. to the schematic...
T.P.D.T. center off.
Triple Pole, Double Throw, center off.

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It is a 3 poll double throw toggle switch. 3PDT switch


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I bumped this up for Charlie Farmer

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I recently purchased three 30" Emerson Circulators (1945, 1955, 1956), all with original Levolier switches still wired up.  One switch worked (delicately), one partially worked (hi only), and one would require extensive repair before it could be plugged in.

I was excited to keep the Levoliers in place if possible but the internals (isolation pieces) of the switches were crumbling - switches had to be replaced for any real use to occur.  I replaced all 3 with TPDT center-off switches along with new capacitors.

I took probably 50 photos of the wiring before I disconnected it and wanted to share my findings here since I previously could not find a detailed wiring diagram for a Levolier Switch - I will add the photos below.

Special thanks to Lane Shirley and his diagram earlier in this thread - all of the numbers in my diagram below match up to his toggle switch wiring diagram.


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Numbers correlate to Lane Shirley's TPDT switch diagram and my Levolier diagram above.






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Do you have pictures of your pedestals that you wired?

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Here's the photos of the fans rewired.

Anyone think the pedestal stand on the right is original?  :D  believe it was originally a ceiling hanger...

The elephant ear needs alot of TLC - looking to restore later this month.






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