I have three remote controlled ceiling fans with lights in three different rooms. All of them stopped working at the same time. No problem with circuit breakers. I have wireless internet, cordless phones, garage door openers etc. in the house. All these equipment including fans were operating without any problem until yesterday. What could be the problem? Thinking of resetting the dip switches, but why all three at the same time? I really appreciate if some one can help me with this problem.
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Re: Remote controlled ceiling fans stopped working
My guess is that a neighbor close by, got a similar fan. This is common I understand. Other than that.....I can not think of a single thing! I say that even after 30+ years of working with electrical, and electronics.
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Sounds like all the dip switches are set to factory still. Easy enough to fix. Slide open the battery compartment on the back of the remote control and remove the fan's canopy against the ceiling. Then just change the switch to a different setting but make sure that the remote and fan have the same setting. Repeat this in each room so that all the fans have a different setting to each other.
Three suggestions (maybe not viable solutions): 1. Consider creating ceiling fan "groups". A group is a set of fans that is controlled by one remote.
Group: All (or some) in all vaulted ceilings.
Group: All hallways
Group: Outdoor celing fans 2.
Power OFF ceiling fans at the wall switch that are not used often. Those can have duplicate codes. 3.
If the remote controls are iR (infrared) rather than RF (Radio frequency), then the ceiling fans that are farthest apart or have more solid walls in between, can have the same codes and not be affected by the "wrong" remote.
Each remote/fan unit has to be set to a different code otherwise you will always have this problem. Open up one of the remotes and you will see the area where the numbers can be selected, usually one thru five. Then remove the cover on the fan at the ceiling and you will see the same set up. Just go from unit to unit and do not use the same code on any two fan/remote sets and your problem is solved.
You can include a push chain switch, if theres enough room in the ceiling fan housing. This is a job for a professional electrician or appliance serviceman who is willing to modify an appliance. It will need to be tested for intrinsic safety and the work should carry some sort of warranty since the pull chain modification (if made on the ceiling fan house) will likely void any warranty. Instead, I advise that the pull switch could be intalled elsewhere in the room. However, it still remains a job for a profession electrician who can install the pull switch in parallel with the existing switch.
This would however be able to control all three fans with just one pull switch if you wanted.
Fan does not respond to remote, checked and replaced batteries in remote. No response, and unfortunately it is now well out o warranty but have the same fan in another room purchased same year 2003 which is moving along fine. Cannot find instruction book for either one. Please help. Thanks
Unless you want to use pull chains, you will either have to get a different fan with a remote, or you can buy a remote to ADD to an existing fan/light. It hooks up under the base of the lamp. They seem to work better than the factory fans with the built in remotes.
Ceiling fans with wireless remote controls have an electronic receiver installed in the fan, which controls the light, dimming, and fan speed. Sometimes the receiver goes bad and needs to be replaced. If you have had any power outages or power surges, they may have fried the receiver. I've noticed that my ceiling fan light turns on when the power is restored after a power outage. Now, whenever my power goes out, I shut off the light switch that powers my ceiling fan so It doesn't experience a surge to to the controller when the power comes back on. I've purchased new receivers on eBay and Amazon to replace my blown remotes and receivers.
in your ceiling box should be three wires. a red goes to the three way switches, a black goes to the hot and the white is the neutral. the fan wires are black, blue and white. since you have a remote, connect the [fan] blue & black together with the [line] black. connect all white wires together. the remote will now ramp up your lights from off to full on and the fan remote will let you choose lo med high and off. just tape up the red wire in the box.