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Light trouble fan works but the light does not turn off or on with the remote? is ther anything I can check within the fan like a fuse maybe gone bad?

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  • mikeyh02 May 22, 2008

    The remote quit working after 6 months. NO lite control but 3 speed fan on/off/reverse controls still work. Have to turn on wall switch ( installed with new handicap bedroom) but this turns on light AND fan power.Cannot keep fan "ON" without light "ON".

    I think the remote is O.K., the trouble seem to be in fan body, ie. receiver control module for light. Unit will be 1 year old in Aug.

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Believe it or not (It is a sign of our times), these fans have a computer chip in them and yours is probably gone bad. As with all appliances with computer chips, they really need to be plugged into an outlet with a surge supressor on it. (course they didn't tell you that.
To fix it, you have to replace the internal circuit board from the fan maker.

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