Fan Diagnostics

My Fan Remote Doesn’t Work

Fan remotes exist to make operating a ceiling fan more flexible and easier; so it can be super annoying to operate a ceiling fan that was made to work with a remote, without the remote.First and most obviously, make sure that the batteries in the remote aren’t dead. If the remote won’t turn on at all replace the batteries to make sure the batteries aren’t just bad. If the batteries aren’t the issue, take the following steps:Get a Universal Replacement RemoteWe did the legwork for you. What we found is a high quality replacement that will work with ANY fan!Read the ReviewsCheck the frequency settingsThe frequency settings on the fan’s remote and receiver are usually both set to factory settings, but if somebody has recently messed with the fan’s settings this could be the issue.The remote’s frequency settings will be set via a dip switch located under the batteries in the battery compartment. The dip switch located on the fan’s receiver can be found by checking the fan’s manual. Once you are sure that the fan and the remotes dip switch’s are set to the same values, put the batteries back into the remote and make sure the fan is fully assembled. At this point you will have to check the fan remote’s instructions on how to synchronize the fan and its remote. Perform these steps.Need help programming your remote?How to Program your RemoteThe remote was synced at the factory. Should it become necessary to re-sync the remote, turn off the main power, then turn it back on. Within 30 seconds, use a small screwdriver to press and hold the learn button on the remote for 3 seconds. The fan will turn on and light (if applicable) will blink three times, signaling a successful synchronization.Replacement remoteIf the fan works without the remote via a pull chain or switch but not with the remote even though they have the same settings, the remote has probably gone bad and you will just have to get a replacement remote. Once you purchase a new remote go through the necessary steps to set it up. If the remote does not work it may be an issue with the fan itself. At this point you probably want the fan to be looked at/setup professionally because it must be an issue with the receiver in the fan.Need a replacement remote? There’s a lot of remotes out there that won’t work with older fans. We did some research and found the remote that will work best for 99% of applications 

Fan works, but isn’t providing good airflow

This can have several causes including the fan being in a poor location to the fan going in the wrong direction.Having the fan set on the highest speed setting always gives the best airflow and should be used if you are looking for improved airflow. You want the fan to be turning clockwise during the summer and counter-clockwise during the winter (reversed). You should also make sure your fan generally follows the size suggestions listed in This Post.

Fan turns on and/or off by itself

This renders your fan useless and could be worse then a fan that won’t turn on at all, since the wires within the fan could need replacing.There are a few different things that can happen to cause this problem. Go through the following steps to see what your problem is:Need to change remote frequency: Often, remotes from the same company come with a standard frequency programmed in so if somebody near you has the same brand of fan, they could be controlling your fan and vice versa.Read your manual, look online, or contact the company that created the fan on specific instructions regarding changing the frequency on your fan. If this doesn’t work, continue.Check your circuit breaker: You are also going to want to check your circuit breaker for issues, you can do so by following a guide like this one.Check for frayed wiring: Frayed wiring within the fan’s housing can cause the fan to turn on and off by itself. Open up the fan housing and inspect all of the wires/wire connections to make sure they are snug and all of the wires are intact. If there are any issues, the wire connections should be secured and the frayed wires should be fixed with electrical tape, or cut and reconnected.

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