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Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting / Diagnostic

Many problem issues associated with Ceiling Fans can be attributed to the installation, and are easily corrected. Below is a general overview of the more common things missed, or done improperly when installing a Ceiling Fan. If you have more specific questions about the operation of any ceiling fan. Please contact us 952-898-2754 or 1-866-60-FANS(3267). With over 20 years of experience in Ceiling Fans and Lighting. «Our knowledge is Free!»Other helpful information: Ceiling Fan Facts. Casablanca Intelli Touch Diagnostic. Casablanca Flywheel Repair. UC7067RC universal remote receiver.

Motor size is the key to quality. Over time, it is not uncommon for smaller motors to develop sounds that are unrepairable. Below are a few tips that may help determine if that is the case. Switching: The use of a dimmer or rheostat wall control on the motor will cause any ceiling fan to «Hum». Ceiling Fan motors need to be run from a switch that has set speeds. SW95 or SW90 are switches that will work with most brands.

Mounting: Anything not tightened properly may result in amplifying any sounds the ceiling fan might make. Make sure all screws and light fixture glass are tight.

It is considered «Normal» to have a small bit of motion in any Ceiling Fan running on high speed. Blade balancing kits included with most ceiling fans, can reduce or eliminate this type of motion. Below are a few tips if the ceiling fan wobbles excessively. The easiest test for loose or poor mounting; Give the bottom of the ceiling fan a light push with your finger. On stem mount fans it should come back to center and stop. If the fan keeps moving, follow these tips for excessive motion. Mounting: The electrical box in the ceiling needs to be metal, and securely mounted to a joist or brace kit. The mounting bracket from the ceiling fan must be tight to the electrical box.

Down rod or Stem: On ceiling fans with a down rod or stem. Make sure the groove on the ball at the top of the stem is aligned with the notch on the mounting bracket. There are usually multiple set screws to tighten at the ball and where the stem mounts into the top of the ceiling fan.

Blades: Ceiling Fan blades are matched sets, weighted within a gram of each other. Loose or warped blades can be a cause of wobble. Make sure all screws holding the blades to the irons, and the blade assembly to the motor a tightened properly. To determine if you have a warped blade or bent blade iron: Use a ruler to measure from the tip of the blade to the ceiling. Let the blades pass by the ruler to see if one or more is higher or lower than the rest. There can be a slight difference in height that will not cause any wobble issues.

Ceiling Fans that stop working, or fail to operate when first installed may need check a few basic things first. Wiring: Make sure there is power to the ceiling fan and the wall switch is in the «On» position. Follow the wiring instructions included with the fan and double check connections.

Switch housing: The switch housing is the bottom portion of the ceiling fan where the light is attached. Move reverse switch to one side or the other (stuck in the middle makes fan inoperable). Make sure any plug connections are properly inserted. Check either side of plug connections for any wires that are loose or pushed out of the plug.

Wall Switch: When using a wall switch make sure the pull chain on the motor is set to the highest speed.

Smell or Odor: Ceiling fans that give off a bad smell, typically need a new capacitor. Call us for identification

Remote systems: Make sure the receiver and transmitter are set to the same frequency, and wired according to the instructions. For receiver replacement, most ceiling fans use a receiver with the model number UC7067RC.

The above is a general overview of the more common things missed, or done improperly when installing a Ceiling Fan. If you have more specific questions about the operation of any ceiling fan. Please contact us 952-898-2754 or 1-866-600-FANS(3267). Visit our main website www.fanmanlighting.com

Posted April 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

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Comments for Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting / Diagnostic

I have a fan that every time I pull the speed chain it changes direction back and fourth. What’s the deal

By Anthony Jones on December 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I have a hunter ceiling fan with a bad reverse direction switch. Is it possible to bypass the switch and wire the fan so that it is always blowing down?

By Patrick on August 05, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Hunter Altura ceiling fan with no light. The remove turns on the fan, changes speeds, and reverses direction without any issue. The off button rarely works. You need to press it 10 to 20 times and point at the fan from all different directions. The red signal light on the remote does come on every time you press the off button — it acts like the fan doesn’t receive the signal. I don’t know why all the other options would work but just not the off switch. No pull chain or other option to turn it off so I’m afraid it will get stuck on!

By Jill on July 31, 2013 at 06:53 PM

Replacing two porch ceiling fans (no light kits) that are controlled by one switch. Replaced first one no problem. Replaced second one and it doesn’t work. I connected the wires exactly the same way as I did on the first one. Black to black, white to white and ground to ground. Do I need to change the connections on the second one? Both are Harbor Breeze Calera. Thanks!

By Scott on July 05, 2013 at 06:19 PM

Thanks for the question Howard. If the fan spins either direction when you push start it, this is most likely a bad winding in the motor. Motor replacement is handled by the manufacturer in most cases, including Hunter. Give us a call if you have any questions. The Fan Man Lighting Crew Jason, Beth, Jack Jr, and Jack Sr 952-898-2754 or 1-866-600-FANS(3267) www.FanManLighting.com

By The Fan Man on July 01, 2013 at 05:43 PM

I have a hunter fan in my screened in porch that would not turn on this morning. I flicked the switch on/off — nothing. Waited a few minutes, turned the switch back on — nothing — but this time i spun the blades by hand and the motor started. Is this a bad brush or there something i need to clean? Thanks!

By Howard Finkel on June 29, 2013 at 07:45 AM

I have two Casablanca fans in two bedrooms. 2 years old and 13 years old. Recently they both lost power within a day of each other. One bedroom was intermittent a few days later and now works fine. The other bedroom still does work. I changed the 4 button switch with a new one but no luck. Any thoughts?

By Bill Itz on June 16, 2013 at 08:34 AM

Harborbreezee ceiling fan w/2 chains on and off at wall switch. Turnned on a pop and no lights. Not the bulbs. husband changed switch out on fan not that. Fan still works great just no light. Any suggestions?

By Susan Harrell on June 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM

Hello Denise. Thanks for the question. You’ll probably need to replace the receiver in the fan. Unfortunately, Hunter is not compatible with the brands we stock. You’ll need to go through the store you purchased the fan from or Hunter. The Fan Man 952-898-2754 or 1-866-600-FANS(3267) www.FanManLighting.com

By The Fan Man on April 15, 2013 at 02:56 PM

Hunter fan, not sure of model. fan light stays on but fan won’t turn on. changed battery in the remote twice and it looks to be working fine. stumped.

By Denise on April 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

See more

Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting / Diagnostic

Many problem issues associated with Ceiling Fans can be attributed to the installation, and are easily corrected. Below is a general overview of the more common things missed, or done improperly when installing a Ceiling Fan. If you have more specific questions about the operation of any ceiling fan. Please contact us 952-898-2754 or 1-866-60-FANS(3267). With over 20 years of experience in Ceiling Fans and Lighting. «Our knowledge is Free!»Other helpful information: Ceiling Fan Facts. Casablanca Intelli Touch Diagnostic. Casablanca Flywheel Repair. UC7067RC universal remote receiver.

Motor size is the key to quality. Over time, it is not uncommon for smaller motors to develop sounds that are unrepairable. Below are a few tips that may help determine if that is the case. Switching: The use of a dimmer or rheostat wall control on the motor will cause any ceiling fan to «Hum». Ceiling Fan motors need to be run from a switch that has set speeds. SW95 or SW90 are switches that will work with most brands.

Mounting: Anything not tightened properly may result in amplifying any sounds the ceiling fan might make. Make sure all screws and light fixture glass are tight.

It is considered «Normal» to have a small bit of motion in any Ceiling Fan running on high speed. Blade balancing kits included with most ceiling fans, can reduce or eliminate this type of motion. Below are a few tips if the ceiling fan wobbles excessively. The easiest test for loose or poor mounting; Give the bottom of the ceiling fan a light push with your finger. On stem mount fans it should come back to center and stop. If the fan keeps moving, follow these tips for excessive motion. Mounting: The electrical box in the ceiling needs to be metal, and securely mounted to a joist or brace kit. The mounting bracket from the ceiling fan must be tight to the electrical box.

Down rod or Stem: On ceiling fans with a down rod or stem. Make sure the groove on the ball at the top of the stem is aligned with the notch on the mounting bracket. There are usually multiple set screws to tighten at the ball and where the stem mounts into the top of the ceiling fan.

Blades: Ceiling Fan blades are matched sets, weighted within a gram of each other. Loose or warped blades can be a cause of wobble. Make sure all screws holding the blades to the irons, and the blade assembly to the motor a tightened properly. To determine if you have a warped blade or bent blade iron: Use a ruler to measure from the tip of the blade to the ceiling. Let the blades pass by the ruler to see if one or more is higher or lower than the rest. There can be a slight difference in height that will not cause any wobble issues.

Ceiling Fans that stop working, or fail to operate when first installed may need check a few basic things first. Wiring: Make sure there is power to the ceiling fan and the wall switch is in the «On» position. Follow the wiring instructions included with the fan and double check connections.

Switch housing: The switch housing is the bottom portion of the ceiling fan where the light is attached. Move reverse switch to one side or the other (stuck in the middle makes fan inoperable). Make sure any plug connections are properly inserted. Check either side of plug connections for any wires that are loose or pushed out of the plug.

Wall Switch: When using a wall switch make sure the pull chain on the motor is set to the highest speed.

Smell or Odor: Ceiling fans that give off a bad smell, typically need a new capacitor. Call us for identification

Remote systems: Make sure the receiver and transmitter are set to the same frequency, and wired according to the instructions. For receiver replacement, most ceiling fans use a receiver with the model number UC7067RC.

The above is a general overview of the more common things missed, or done improperly when installing a Ceiling Fan. If you have more specific questions about the operation of any ceiling fan. Please contact us 952-898-2754 or 1-866-600-FANS(3267). Visit our main website www.fanmanlighting.com

Posted April 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Bookmark:

Comments for Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting / Diagnostic

I have a fan that every time I pull the speed chain it changes direction back and fourth. What’s the deal

By Anthony Jones on December 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I have a hunter ceiling fan with a bad reverse direction switch. Is it possible to bypass the switch and wire the fan so that it is always blowing down?

By Patrick on August 05, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Hunter Altura ceiling fan with no light. The remove turns on the fan, changes speeds, and reverses direction without any issue. The off button rarely works. You need to press it 10 to 20 times and point at the fan from all different directions. The red signal light on the remote does come on every time you press the off button — it acts like the fan doesn’t receive the signal. I don’t know why all the other options would work but just not the off switch. No pull chain or other option to turn it off so I’m afraid it will get stuck on!

By Jill on July 31, 2013 at 06:53 PM

Replacing two porch ceiling fans (no light kits) that are controlled by one switch. Replaced first one no problem. Replaced second one and it doesn’t work. I connected the wires exactly the same way as I did on the first one. Black to black, white to white and ground to ground. Do I need to change the connections on the second one? Both are Harbor Breeze Calera. Thanks!

By Scott on July 05, 2013 at 06:19 PM

Thanks for the question Howard. If the fan spins either direction when you push start it, this is most likely a bad winding in the motor. Motor replacement is handled by the manufacturer in most cases, including Hunter. Give us a call if you have any questions. The Fan Man Lighting Crew Jason, Beth, Jack Jr, and Jack Sr 952-898-2754 or 1-866-600-FANS(3267) www.FanManLighting.com

By The Fan Man on July 01, 2013 at 05:43 PM

I have a hunter fan in my screened in porch that would not turn on this morning. I flicked the switch on/off — nothing. Waited a few minutes, turned the switch back on — nothing — but this time i spun the blades by hand and the motor started. Is this a bad brush or there something i need to clean? Thanks!

By Howard Finkel on June 29, 2013 at 07:45 AM

I have two Casablanca fans in two bedrooms. 2 years old and 13 years old. Recently they both lost power within a day of each other. One bedroom was intermittent a few days later and now works fine. The other bedroom still does work. I changed the 4 button switch with a new one but no luck. Any thoughts?

By Bill Itz on June 16, 2013 at 08:34 AM

Harborbreezee ceiling fan w/2 chains on and off at wall switch. Turnned on a pop and no lights. Not the bulbs. husband changed switch out on fan not that. Fan still works great just no light. Any suggestions?

By Susan Harrell on June 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM

Hello Denise. Thanks for the question. You’ll probably need to replace the receiver in the fan. Unfortunately, Hunter is not compatible with the brands we stock. You’ll need to go through the store you purchased the fan from or Hunter. The Fan Man 952-898-2754 or 1-866-600-FANS(3267) www.FanManLighting.com

By The Fan Man on April 15, 2013 at 02:56 PM

Hunter fan, not sure of model. fan light stays on but fan won’t turn on. changed battery in the remote twice and it looks to be working fine. stumped.

By Denise on April 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

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