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Basic Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Remote control ceiling fan is not responding to the remote control at all and does not turn the fan or light on….

Electrical Question from Bill about a Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problem
Background: Bill, a Handyman from Pantego Tx

Remote control ceiling fan is not responding to the remote control at all (doesn’t turn fan or light on.
The circuit breaker is not tripped off.
How should I go about troubleshooting?
Is it feasible to remove the remote and operate manually?
The fan is in a rental house so I can’t view it now.
General info might help?

Additional Comments:
I’m encouraged to do this myself, thanks.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Bill.

Troubleshoot this Ceiling Fan Problem starting with the basics:

Is the battery in the Ceiling Fan Remote Control good?

Are the Pull Chains on the Ceiling Fan in the ON Setting?

Is the Ceiling Fan Remote Control the right one for that location or room?

Is the DIP Switch Setting in the Remote Control the same as the DIP Switch Setting of the Ceiling Fan Receiver Module?

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5 Responses to “Basic Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Lana,
    Yes, the ceiling fan remote control module may be faulty. One way to know for sure would be to remove the receiver module at the ceiling fan and wire it direct. If the ceiling fan and light works normally then the remote control module will need to be replaced.
    Be Safe,

  2. Lana Gourley says:

    My ceiling fan with remote has worked great for years. Now when I turn on the switch at the wall, the light and fan pulse and are not getting a steady power input. I’m assuming the remote receiver is failing?

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Sannyu,
    How to Control Two Ceiling Fans Separately with Remote Control Units
    The problem of two ceiling fans that operate at the same time from one remote control occurs because the remote control frequency for both ceiling fan remote control units is set to the same frequency.
    How to Change a Ceiling Fan Remote Control Frequency
    IMPORTANT: Two adjustments are required to change the Remote Control Frequency of one ceiling fan.
    Changing The Handheld Remote Control Frequency Setting
    Typical hand held remote control units have a set of small dip switches inside the battery compartment which may be adjusted. Use a toothpick to change one of the little switch settings.
    Changing The Frequency in the Ceiling Fan Remote Control Module
    Typical ceiling fan remote control modules are located above the ceiling fan support bracket in the ceiling. The remote module has a set of small dip switches on the side of the module. Change the switch setting to match the settings of the hand held remote control.
    For more information and pictures of this procedure visit the Ceiling Fan section located on this website as provided above in this main article.
    I hope this helps,

  4. Sannyu says:

    I have two side by side rooms with a ceiling fan in each. They both have remote controls and I cannot operate one without the other duplicating the command. Neither fan has a pull chin or wall switch. I have tried closing doors and moving away from the other room nothing helps. What could I do to change this? Thanks.

  5. allan jones says:

    Energy efficient bulbs keep blinking or flashing all the time in the off position.