How to Troubleshoot Hunter Ceiling Fan Remote Controls

In terms of troubleshooting Hunter ceiling fan remote controls, much of the troubleshooting will be similar to troubleshooting other fans:

  • Make sure that the power is turned on to the fan. This may seem like a rudimentary or obvious thing, and yes we do start at the obvious before we move onto the not so obvious.
  • Try using the remote to turn on the fan. If you cannot get the fan to turn on at all using the remote, pull on the pull chain and set the fan to the highest speed. Similarly, try to turn on the light by using the remote. If no luck, turn on the light by pulling the light pull chain.
  • Now, we know the buttons don’t work – did you try to change the battery?
  • Next, let’s check the dipswitches. Open the battery compartment on the back of the remote control. Inside here are dip switches. You’ll need to verify these against the fan. In order to do so, you’ll need to remove the canopy of the ceiling fan. Check the remote and compare the dip switch settings to the ones inside of the fan. They will be located on the ceiling fan receiver, inside of the fan’s canopy. The dip switch settings on the remote and the ones inside of the fan must be the same, or there will be problems with the fan not communicating with the remote properly.

Another common issue related to dip switches, is the fan turning on or off by itself. This can be caused by a neighbor, or a roommate having a remote with the same dip switch settings as you by accident. To rectify this, you need to change the dip switches. In any case, make sure the remote dip switches always are positioned the same as the dip switches inside of the fan.

Ceiling Fan Dipswitch
This picture shows where the dipswitches are located on a fan remote, and what they look like.

Once you’re done checking the dipswitches – did you replace the battery? I know, we mentioned this earlier – but something you need to check. One way to tell the batteries are getting low, is if the remote will only work when close to the fan. Keep in mind the signal will not go through walls, so you should be in the same room.

If you’re still having problems, check the antenna isn’t blocked inside of the canopy. While looking inside of the canopy, see if there is any frayed wires, corroded wires, or etc. See if the receiver, or any other parts appear damaged or even melted.

Hunter 99813 Ceiling Fan Remote
This Hunter 99813 ceiling fan remote can be used to compliment existing wall control fans, or pull chain fans. This fan should be paired with the Hunter 99814 Universal ceiling fan receiver. This part is sold separately, though.

Once troubleshooting is completed, turn the wall switch back on for five seconds.

Turn the remote back on and try again.

How to: Fix Ceiling Fan Remote

Below, we have a video which will walk you through how to troubleshoot and even replace a ceiling fan remote control and receiver. The below video walks you through the items that come in replacement remote and receiver kit, and how it’s pretty easy to access the receiver, unplug the existing one and plug in a new one. The video also walks you through how dipswitches work (as described above). The video is only a couple of minutes long, and these steps can be followed by any handy person – you don’t have to be an electrician to troubleshoot your ceiling fan remote.

Did the above help you to troubleshoot your Hunter ceiling fan remote? If you’re still having troubles, why not fill out our comment form and let us know. Or, if the troubleshooting worked out, feel free to let us know about that as well. You can also post on our Facebook page as well!

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