Hunter Ceiling Fan Repair & Troubleshooting Articles

Is it possible for a 120 volt Hunter fan to work with 220 volts?

This may seem like a funny question, but certainly it’s a possible one. The scenario may be the case if say, you purchased a ceiling fan in another part of the world that runs on a different power source. It’s important to note that if you plug a 120 volt appliance into a 220 volt socket, or vice versa, you can damage the appliance or cause it to stop working altogether. It’s also possible that you could cause smoke to come out of the power cord, or the fan motor.

With that being said, it might be possible to downconvert from 220 volts to 120 volts with a proper transformer or inverter. This means you would have a 220 volt outlet, and a transformer that does the work, that you then plug the 120 volt ceiling fan into the transformer or inverter. It’s not possible to go the other way. So if you have a 120 volt wall outlet, and a 220 volt ceiling fan, it’s unlikely you’ll find a way to “step up” the voltage.

Step Up Step Down Transformer
Here’s an example of a step up/step down transformer, built to transform voltages between 120 and 220 voltage levels.

With any of these step up or step down concepts, the safety of the application rests solely upon you. Running the ceiling fan on any voltage that it was not manufactured to use, will likely reduce the life of the ceiling fan. While some of the above concepts may be possible, we don’t really recommend it. It’s better to simply purchase a Hunter ceiling fan in the region in which you live, so  you don’t need to worry about potentially causing your fan to stop working or encounter unforseen problems as a result of one of the above applications.

Hunter Outdoor Ceiling Fans

When you’re looking at a Hunter outdoor ceiling fan, you need to take a number of things into consideration. The most important thing is to look at the natural climate of your fan. Keep in mind – this is an outdoor fan. It’s going to have to deal with all of the things that happen outside. You are sitting inside a lot of the time, so you don’t always know what is happening outdoors on your porch (or wherever you decide to mount the Hunter outdoor fan). The fan you install could have to deal with dampness, salt, rain; potentially even snow. So, what kind of fan makes sense?

Hunter Beachcomber Damp Rated Ceiling Fan
The Hunter Beachcomber is a good example of a damp rated ceiling fan. The fan is rated to work in damp conditions.

Essentially, you’ll want to purchase a Hunter outdoor ceiling fan that can stand up to all of the outside weather conditions that mother nature can throw at it. If you install a Hunter fan that can’t stand up to the climate and weather, the fan will start to slow down, or may not operate properly at all. It’s hard to say what kind of problems the fan will run into if it’s not suited for the weather conditions.

  • Damp rated – for damp environments, but not necessarily wet environments
  • Salt rated – when living by the sea and having to deal with salt deposits
  • Wet rated – for rainy, wet climates where the fan is expected to deal with rain and water on a common basis

My Hunter Ceiling Fan is not working

Has your Hunter ceiling fan stopped working, and you have no idea why? Starting from scratch and attempting to figure out why your fan will not turn on can be a difficult and challenging experience. Where do you start, in terms of the troubleshooting process? This step by step article provides a general troubleshooting guide for Hunter ceiling fans.

Is there power being delivered to the ceiling fan?

The first thing to check, is there power going to the fan? While this may seem trivial, we need to rule this out initially as a concern. Is there a breaker tripped in the electrical panel? One way to tell if there is power to the fan, is if there are lights on the fan and they are working. If the fan has no lights then you can skip this step as you won’t be able to check this. However, if the fan does have lights and they don’t turn on, and the fan does not turn on either, there may be no power going to the fan. Try flipping the breaker that controls the fan’s circuit on and off.

Note: Make sure you always turn the power off to the fan from the breaker before working on any live wires!

If still there’s no power to the fan after this, try checking if there are any wires that came loose in the box that holds the fan to the ceiling. This mounting box typically will have a live wire and a ground wire. Live wires are usually red or orange and black wires are generally ground. If you don’t know which wires are live or not, you can purchase a toning tool which will tell you when you are working with a live wire. This is especially useful when you aren’t sure if you have turned off the right circuit breaker or not. This happens sometimes – maybe you’ve purchased a new home recently, and it didn’t have the breaker panels labelled. You may have to start adding labels yourself, or have an electrician come over and test all the switches to make sure they work properly. Again, you can tell if there is a live circuit (or “hot” wire) by using a toner probe.

Inside of the ceiling fan housing, you may find wiring that looks like this. Mind you, this is a bit of a rat’s nest – so hopefully yours is not this bad. Red wires are generally positive or “hot,” with black wires being ground.

If you’re still stumped, you could have a direction switch problem. In the fan housing, you should find a direction switch. It controls the fan going between forwards and backwards. Try changing the switch back and forth a couple of times, to see if that enables the fan to start moving.

Troubleshooting Ceiling Fan Remotes & Dip Switch Issues

If you’re using a ceiling fan remote to operate the fan, make sure the dip switches are set correctly. Dip switches are what sets the frequency between the fan remote and the fan itself. You need to make sure the dip switches are set correctly. Is it possible they were recently tampered with? Maybe the kids were playing with the remote – these things do happen!

If the remote is not working – have you also tried the pullchain that starts the motor? It’s unlikely both the remote and the dip switches have both stopped working at the same time. Pullchains can stop working sometimes too, if someone has completely ripped on the chain and broken it inside. But once again, it’s highly unlikely that the pull chain has been broken and the remote has stopped working, unless you’ve got some very naughty children!

Hunter Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan Review

The Hunter Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan has been selected as one of the top value ceiling fans on .  The cost is very affordable at $108.00. It has a motor warranty that is backed by Hunter – and Hunter has been around for over 125 years, which is the longest standing run
or history of any of the ceiling fan brands on the market today. That’s not something you should ignore or scoff at so easily!

Hunter Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan
Here’s what the Hunter Builder Deluxe ceiling fan looks like. At $108, it’s quite affordable and comes with a light kit. The only part that does not come standard with the ceiling fan is a remote.

Not only does this fan offer excellent value, but part of that excellent value is also providing a light kit as part of the fan. There are two 60 watt incandescent bulbs included. There are not many other fans where you can obtain such a great bargain on the fan, complete with a light kit and all of the other features. But what are the other features that come with this fan? Here are the additional features.

Hunter Builder Deluxe Features:

  • Fan has reverse setting
  • Fan comes with both 3 inch and 2 inch downrod
  • Pull chains included
  • Whisperwind motor – well known Hunter motor that saves energy
    while providing excellent power
  • 52 inch blade span

The only thing you should be aware of is that the fan
does not come with a remote. It’s a question that gets
asked a lot, and while the fan does provide a lot for a modest price,
it does not provide a remote as part of the purchase

Ceiling fan direction helps lower the cost of heating and cooling

One of the questions that gets asked time and time again, is how does a ceiling fan work in terms of direction. Most ceiling fans can operate in both the clockwise direction and counter-clockwise. In the counter clockwise direction, your fan will blow air straight down during the summer months. As the weather gets hotter, the speed on the fan can be increased in order to move more and more air. As a ceiling fan helps to move cool air, it becomes less and less necessary to run the air conditioning 24/7. This is not a well known fact, and many people continue to run the ceiling fan and the air conditioning constantly on the highest setting, which is not always required. In order to cut down on energy cost, try these energy saving tips in both the summer time and winter time.

Ceiling Fan Direction
This image does an excellent job of describing how ceiling fan direction works, and how a ceiling fan moves air around.

In the winter time, a Hunter ceiling fan should be run at a low speed in the opposite direction – clockwise. When turning clockwise, a ceiling fan will help to move warm air around. It’s not required to run the fan at anything higher than a low speed, as the warm air will get moved around just fine on the lower speeds settings.

How do I adjust the direction of my ceiling fan?

Generally, changing direction of the fan is as simple as pressing a button. Typically there will be a button on your remote that will change the direction of the fan. If you have a wall control for your fan instead, there’s usually a button on the wall remote. If your fan does not have such a button, there may be a pullchain or a button on the ceiling fan housing itself that allows for the fan to turn the other way.