Quick Guide to Splicing Wire

Warning!! Please stay consistent with the manufacturer's wire guage. If in doubt use a larger guage size. Altough it will slightly increase resistence, it will reduce risk of overload with a higher load carrying capacity.

Warning!! Turn off power breaker or unplug appliance being operated on.

Warning!! Avoid making contact with the capacitor terminals with your hand. They hold voltage and can give a pretty good current kick. discharge any capacitor or tape them away from the working area. Make sure the contacts on the capacitor do not make metal to metal contact with components / unit chassis.


AWG (American Wire Guage) - cross sectional area of the current carrying conductor.

Splice - joining by weaving, braiding, or overlapping.

Polarity - to keep things simple, hot (labeled L or "live" wire) will be positive and negative will be ground. Wire colors have been found to be an unreliable way to identify polarity. Depending on component it won't matter, but if in doubt check wiring schematic.

Commonly used tools: razor blades, scissors, wire cutters, wiring nuts, wire stripper, electrical tape, etc.

1) Cut off the old switch.

2) Expose a length of conductor by using wire stripper. The wires from the appliance end need to stripped. In most cases the wires coming from the switch should already be stripped. One just need to remove the conductor sleeve.

3) With two wire switches the positive and negative connection are reversible.

4) Splice the bare copper / aluminum conductor ends by twisting them together. Technician's option at this point whether to use wiring nuts / electrical tape / crimps / harnesses or any other wire connecting devices.

5) Once the wires are spliced please neatly organize and tuck them away. Reassemble appliance and you're ready to go!