How to Set Up a Fan Speed Control Remote How to Set Up a Fan Speed Control Remote
A fan speed control switch will help you to control the speed of an extractor fan or other wall mounted fan. The more sophisticated models feature remote controls which mean you can vary the speed very easily without even needing to stand up and use a manual switch. A fan speed control remote switch is a great time saver and it will also help you to save energy. Remote controlled switches are ideal because they can be controlled from anywhere in the room.
Step 1 - Locating the Wires
If you are installing a fan speed control switch in an existing fan circuit then you will first need to find the location of the wires. This shouldn't be that difficult because you should be able to trace the route of the wires through the wall. If you are struggling to do this then you can use a wire detector.
Step 2 - Uncovering the Wires
If the wires are concealed in your walls then you will need to uncover them by chiseling through the plaster. It is important to do this carefully because otherwise you could end up causing damage to the cable insulation.
Step 3 - Cutting the Wires
Carefully cut the wires so that you will be able to wire in the dimmer to the existing circuit. Decide where you're going to cut the wire so that you can have enough wire to position the fan speed control switch.
Step 4 - Fitting the Fan Speed Control Switch
Drill holes in the wall where you want to mount the fan speed control switch. Then position the switch and screw it into place. Once the switch body is fixed in position you can then prepare the wires.
Step 5 - Stripping Wires
Strip the insulation off both ends of the electrical wires so that they are ready to be wired into the switch.
Step 6 - Wiring the Switch
Slide the wires into the terminals and then tighten up the screws so that the wires are kept firmly in place. You must ensure that the correct wires are wired up to the right terminals. This will ensure that the fan speed control switch will be fitted safely.
Step 7 - Testing the Switch
Turn the fan on as normal and then attempt to adjust the speed by using the remote control. The remote control should communicate with the base unit which will in turn adjust the speed.