cannot reset ceiling fan remote

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Old 01-18-10, 03:55 PM
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cannot reset ceiling fan remote

I've scoured forums and googled everything I can think of but haven't been able to resolve what I think is a simple issue.

We bought a condo with a ceiling fan, wired in to a contractor box with a light switch. A piece of tape said "Do not turn this off." A friend came over to help paint and of course flipped the switch, rendering the ceiling fan remote useless. It was working before the switch was flipped, so it seems safe to assume that the it is wired and configured properly.

There is no brand information and no manual, the receiver up in the fan reads "Ceiling Fan and Light Kit Remote Controller" and a model number RW111-1-4A, I googled both to no avail.

I can't locate the dip switch on the receiver, it's a completely generic black box with a single black switch. The dip switches in the remote were all set to on (all four are up).

I tried to power cycling the various components but have no idea about what order I should try. I'm guessing if I do it in the right sequence the remote will resync with the receiver. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 01-18-10, 04:09 PM
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You failed to mention whether or not you turned the switch back on. Just turning it off won't affect the remote control, except to turn the power off to the fan. Once power is restored, the remote should operate the fan.
The dip switch on the fan should be under the canopy at the ceiling box. As you already know, they have to be set identically in order to work.
 
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Old 01-18-10, 05:18 PM
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yes I tried to turn the power back on. I tried several combinations of turning the power off and on with no success.
 
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Old 01-18-10, 07:05 PM
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What combinations could an off-on switch have? ON and OFF. Turn the switch to the on position and leave it there.
 
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Old 01-18-10, 07:43 PM
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A piece of tape said "Do not turn this off
Which could mean it needs to be jiggled to get it to work. I'd probably hot wire the switch. Does the fan have pull chain switches? I'd start with the light and see if I could get it to work since the switch should have only an on or off position. Be sure to use a known good incandescent bulb for testing.

If you get the light try the pull chain for the fan. Pull once and try with the remote. Four maybe five tries should exhaust the possibilities.

if I do it in the right sequence the remote will resync with the receiver
Resync applies really to remotes with rolling codes for security such as garage doors not fans.
 
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Old 01-19-10, 11:46 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. I swapped out the light switch because I thought that might be the problem and it didn't make a difference. There's no pull chain on the fan, it's kind of modern looking. The only switch on the fan is the reverse switch. The only other thing I can see is the unmarked black switch on the remote receiver. I haven't replaced the light bulb so I'll try that next.

The thing I'm most confused about is that the previous owner obviously knew that something would happen if the light switch was flipped, because he put the warning message on there. One question I have is, when I flip the circuit breaker, will that change which direction indicates "on" for the light switch? If I leave the switch on, then flip the circuit breaker, will the switch still be on or do I need to flip it to the down position? I've tried it in both directions but I just don't want to waste my time if I don't have to.

@chandler: What I mean is that there are several things that can be turned off and on. Namely the circuit breaker, the light switch representing power to the fan, the switch on the remote control receiver, the battery in the remote control. I was under the impression that if I turned everything off, then turned each item back on in a particular order, the remote would sync back up with the receiver, but Ray seemed to indicate this is not really the case. I thought this might be true because I had to resync my garage door remote, but again I gather from Ray that they probably don't function the same way.

Thanks again, I'll keep playing with it. I'm sure there's something fundamental I'm just missing
 
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Old 01-20-10, 01:54 AM
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One question I have is, when I flip the circuit breaker, will that change which direction indicates "on" for the light switch?
Are you saying the light switch does not have on and off marked on it? Are you saying the light switch has three screws with three wires running to it? Well if so there is your answer. You have 2 or more switches controlling the circuit. You need to find the other switch or switches.
 
 

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