Ceiling Fan remote won't work. Help!


Old 10-19-08, 12:37 PM
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Ceiling Fan remote won't work. Help!

I bought a home wth a 3-speed, lighted Harbor Breeze ceiling fan in one bedroom. Power is supplied to the fan via a simple wall switch, and the fan had a remote control. The fan has pullchains for the light and fan as well. The remote would work the light, but not the fan, regardless of what speed I set the fan to.

I wanted the fan in a different room. So I moved it and tried the remote again, but then it would not work anything. (The fan works fine with the pull chains, but it is a high ceiling and I don't want 4 foot chains hanging down.) So I figured the remote was bad. I bought a new one at Lowes. The receiver looks identical to the one I had. I installed it and it does not work at all either. I checked the dip switches, rechecked the connections and I know it has power.

Can anyone suggest another reason why a remote would not work with a fan? There is something onthe remote instructions about not using with a solid state fan? What is a solid state fan and how do I know if I have one?

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Old 10-19-08, 01:21 PM
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It is possible that the antennae wire is blocked and not getting a signal. It may also be that the pull chains have the fan in the off position.

Have you checked the battery in the remote?
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Please explain further what you mean by "The fan works fine with the pull chains". Does that mean that it will come on when using the pull chains, but then the remote cannot turn it off? Or did you bypass the remote receiver as an experiment?

It's possible that the remote receiver has partially failed (i.e., the fan part but not the light part). Or it's possible that you miswired it.

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