All wireless devices (including remote controls) work on a frequency. This frequency allows for communication between the remote device and the remote receiver. A Hampton Bay ceiling fan remote control works the same way. Inside the remote control, and inside the remote receiver installed in the fan, are four tiny white switches known as dip switches or frequency switches.
It is easy to change the frequency with dip switches, but you may find yourself wondering why anyone would want to do this. Here are a few examples: If you live in an apartment complex or simply just too close to your neighbors, you may sometimes notice that your fan switches speeds or even shuts off completely. This is commonly caused by the neighbors having their ceiling fan set to the same frequency as your ceiling fan unit. If you change the frequency of your fan (which is easy enough to do), then you’ll avoid this problem in the future.
How to Change Your Ceiling Fan Frequency
- Shut off the breaker, and let the fan sit for a couple of seconds to avoid any discharge. Failure to complete this step could result in serious injury from electric shock.
- Remove the ceiling fan canopy. The canopy is the part that attaches to the ceiling fan mounting bracket. You should now be able to see all of the wiring inside the fan, and hopefully, you can also view the remote receiver. If you can not see the remote receiver, look for it near the motor or the light fixture.
- Next, change the frequency of remote control. With most units, you should find 16 different options from which you can choose. You select the frequency by simply moving the four dip switch buttons to different positions.
- The next step is to set the frequency (i.e., the location of the four dip switch buttons) to the same setting as the ceiling fan remote control unit.
- Replace the battery cover on the remote control.
- Reattach the ceiling fan canopy.
- Switch the breaker back on.
- Now turn the fan on, make sure fan is set to high speed. Test the remote by using the keys on the remote to change the fan speed and turn on the light. Test the on/off functionality of the remote.
Note: If your remote control still will not control your fan properly, the two devices may not be on the same frequency. Repeat the above steps to rectify this issue.
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