Question about Hunter 52" Ceiling Fan With Light And Remote Control

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Remote does not consistently work

Can i change the remote to a pull chain (I have 3 52' fans and all have the same problem - does not have pull chain) and do away with the remote or do I again have to buy new fans

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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.

Posted on May 10, 2009

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