How to Change the Frequency of Your Ceiling Fan Remote?

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.

How to Change the Frequency on Your Ceiling Fan Receiver?

To change the frequency on your ceiling fan, use the following materials and follow our step by step instructions:


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

Products Used

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

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  • Turn the power off at the circuit breaker box.
  • Detach your canopy from the mounting bracket by removing all screws.
  • Retrieve the receiver and locate the dip switch settings.
    • The dip switch settings look like four sliding buttons.
    • Using a ballpoint pen or small screwdriver to slide the buttons, create a new frequency combination.
    • Place the receiver back into your mounting bracket and attach the canopy to the mounting bracket.

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    • Remove the back of your remote control and remove the battery.
    • Locate and remove the small panel covering your dip switches.
    • Use a pen to slide the buttons to match the receiver’s frequency.
    • Place back panel and remote back.
    • Restore power to your ceiling fan.
    • Verify settings are correct by turning ceiling fan on/off.

    For your convenience, we've created a video showing the steps above. Please enjoy!

    How to Tell if my Ceiling Fan Remote or Receiver is Broken?

    If you've gone through the steps above without success, you have determined either the ceiling fan remote or the receiver is no longer working. If you have another ceiling fan remote that you know is in working order handy you can follow the above steps to sync the frequency with your ceiling fan receiver. If the working remote works with the receiver this confirms that your ceiling fan remote is broken and your receiver is working. If the working remote does not work with the ceiling fan receiver, your ceiling fan receiver is broken and it is possible your ceiling fan remote is still working.

    Assuming you don't have another ceiling fan and remote to test your troublesome fan with and the remote just suddenly stopped working, you may want to consider replacing both the remote and the receiver. The easiest way to find a replacement remote with all the settings that your existing remote offered is to shop by brand. Note, there are univeral remotes on the market, but they typically have limited settings.

    Remotes typically have the brand logo on the front or back of the remote. Make note of what brand and model, if known, of your ceiling fan and click the link below to shop by brand.

    Shop Ceiling Fan Remotes & Receivers

    How To Turn Remote Ceiling Fan into a Smart Fan?

    The Bond is an exciting new piece of smart technology that allows you to control your ceiling fan from any location using your smart device, Amazon Echo, or Google Home. The Bond can schedule and control up to six different fans and lights, or appliances that use remote controls. If you've invested in the Nest, then this smart feature is right for you!

    The Bond now means that instead of buying the newest technology or smart fixture, your existing appliances can be made smart using the Bonds technology as long as they have a working receiver (the remote is no longer needed). The Bond is currently compatible with 286 Minka-Aire ceiling fans, nine Minka-Aire remotes, and three Minka-Aire DC wall controls. For information on whether or not your ceiling fan is Bond compatible, our ceiling fan experts are always reachable at 1-800-724-5501.

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    What If My Ceiling Fan is Old or Discontinued?

    Depending on the age of your fan, you may have difficulty finding a replacement remote or receiver or end up spending more trying to fix the fan than it would cost to replace it. We offer a large selection of ceiling fans that include both a wall control and a remote control in the box! Once you purchase the fan and receive it at your home, be sure to follow the steps to set the frequency!

    Shop Ceiling Fans with Remotes Included

    If you would like more assistance tracking down the perfect product, you can always reach our ceiling fan experts at 1-800-724-5501, or you can click to chat!

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June 9, 2016
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