Convenience of a Ceiling Fan Remote Control Kit
Depending on the location, having a ceiling fan remote control kit installed can be of great convenience. Some foyers and rooms are two stories or higher. If you want to fully control the speed of the ceiling fan and turn the light off and on or anywhere in-between, you will need a remote control.
Cheap ceiling fans might not come with a remote control kit already installed. So, you would have to purchase a kit and install it or hire someone. Even if your ceiling fan might not be 20 feet in the air, it is nice being able to sit on your couch and adjust the fan without getting up.
Tips: The amount of free space inside the fan canopy will tell you if installing a fan remote control kit is possible.
- Change the frequency on the ceiling fan remote transmitter and receiver to prevent you or your neighbors from controlling one another’s fans.
- The capacitor is the main culprit for ceiling fans not working out of the blue.
There are many universal ceiling fan remote control kits on the market. All of them has on/off and fan speed control. Others include a light-dimming and thermostatic control capabilities too.
Fixing A Ceiling Fan Remote Control
Ceiling fans with factory remote controls don’t use traditional capacitors to control fan speed. The remote receiver varies the voltage and current to change the fan motor speed. But ceiling fan remote control units can go bad too. Before you even think about tearing the fan apart to diagnose a problem, replace the batteries in the transmitter first. Then press the transmitter buttons to see if the LEDs light up. If you’re not sure whether the problem is in the transmitter or receiver, you can send them in for testing (testing and repair usually run about $25). The receiver is usually tucked into the fan’s mounting bracket, which is connected to the electrical box.