Is your ceiling fan turning on and off on its own, even when you’re not in the room? Don’t call the Ghost Busters just yet. Most ceiling fan remote controls come with the factory set frequency. If two or more ceiling fans have the same frequency they can be controlled by either fan’s remote, which can have a range of 40 to 50 feet. Hence, the other remote is messing with your ceiling fan. This is more likely to affect you if you live in an apartment or a townhouse. A good rule of thumb is to create a unique frequency as soon as you get your fan.


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I'm Colby with Del Mar Fans & Lighting and today I'm going to show you how to change your frequency of your ceiling fan remote. Has your ceiling fan ever turned off and on without you ever even touching a button? Don't worry you don't have a ghost, but you do need to change your ceiling fan remote frequency.

If two or more fans have the same settings and are in close proximity of each other they will not be able to operate independently. To change your ceiling fan frequency you'll need a ballpoint pen or a small screwdriver, a Philips head screwdriver and a ladder. To change the frequency on your ceiling fan first, be sure to turn the power off at the circuit breaker box. Detach the canopy from the mounting bracket. Retrieve the receiver and locate the dip switch settings. The dipswitch settings look like four sliding buttons. Using a ballpoint pen or a small screwdriver, slide the buttons to create a new frequency combination. Be sure to record the new combination like we did here. Place the receiver back into the mounting bracket and attach the canopy to the mounting bracket. Remove the back of the remote control, slide the battery out of the way, and you'll notice the dipswitch settings. Use your dipswitch settings from your receiver in the fan and change the dipswitch settings on the remote to the exact same ones.

Once complete, put your battery back in, install the back of the remote cover and then turn the power back on to the fan and we'll see if it works. There's the light, there's the fan! Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of our video on how to change your ceiling fan remote frequency. Until next time!

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Materials

  • Ballpoint pen or small screwdriver
  • Regular sized screwdriver
  • Step Ladder

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How to Change the Frequency of Your Ceiling Fan Remote Control

To change the frequency on your ceiling fan, use the following steps:

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  1. Turn the power off at the circuit breaker box.
  2. Detach your canopy from the mounting bracket by removing all screws.
  3. Retrieve the receiver and locate the dip switch settings.

    1. The dip switch settings look like four sliding buttons.
    2. Using a ballpoint pen or small screwdriver to slide the buttons, create a new frequency combination.
    3. Place the receiver back into your mounting bracket and attach the canopy to the mounting bracket.
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  5. Remove the back of your remote control and remove the battery.
  6. Locate and remove the small panel covering your dip switches.
  7. Use a pen to slide the buttons to match the receiver’s frequency.
  8. Place back panel and remote back.
  9. Restore power to your ceiling fan.
  10. Verify settings are correct by turning ceiling fan on/off.

This is a general example to use while changing the frequency on your ceiling fan's remote control but always check your ceiling fan's manual for specific instructions for your device. Enjoy knowing you now have a ceiling fan that will listen to only your commands.

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