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How to Change the Frequency of Your Ceiling Fan Remote?

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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Ballpoint pen or small screwdriver

Regular sized screwdriver

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In this video we used the Hayden 78784 made by Westinghouse Ceiling Fan

How to Change the Frequency of Your Ceiling Fan Remote Control

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

  1. Showing How To Change The Frequency On The Ceiling Fan ReceiverTurn 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.
  4. Showing How To Change The Frequency On The Ceiling Fan RemoteRemove the back of your remote control and remove the battery.
  5. Locate and remove the small panel covering your dip switches.
  6. Use a pen to slide the buttons to match the receiver’s frequency.
  7. Place back panel and remote back.
  8. Restore power to your ceiling fan.
  9. 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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Shannon Crabtree
People in house next door just put in 2 new remote controlled ceiling fan and there remote was also working my fan and I thought I was going insane, thank goodness I knew they had put in new fans and made a trip over there and sure enough my remote controlled their fans so glad I do not have to purchase a new fan.
November 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm
Nelson Dellinger
great info. i just adjusted 2 fans in less than 10 minutes
March 30, 2014 at 6:09 pm
Teresa Tarrant Bales
Thanks - contractor didn't take care of this very obvious problem on install, this helped me easily rectify this annoying probem.
June 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Brent Bucy
Great info. Thank you.
June 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm
Diane OConnor
March 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm
Wilson Liew
You're the man my friend! Thank you.
May 30, 2015 at 2:32 am
Debbie Linnell Jones
Perfect! Thank you. The only way it could have been easier would have been if you came to my house and did it for me.
July 31, 2015 at 4:36 pm
Durga Krummer
Thanks for the answer to my mother's problem that has been driving us all crazy!
October 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm
Richard Zanoff
and now onto the non dip switch remote that controls 2 fans in the same house.
December 2, 2015 at 10:45 am