How to Troubleshoot Hunter Ceiling Fan Remote Controls

The Hunter fan remote control wires directly between the house wiring and the ceiling fan inside the fan's junction box. The remote is simply a switch that operates from any location. Having a Hunter remote control installed in your ceiling fan can be a convenience when the fan operates correctly. When the fan fails to work properly on the remote, you need to troubleshoot to find the source of the issue.


Turn the wall switch to the "On" position to provide power to the ceiling fan or turn the breaker to the "On" position inside the main service panel if your ceiling fan fails to operate from the remote.

Pull the fan chain, setting the ceiling fan to the highest speed and pull the light chain to turn the ceiling fan light on if your ceiling fan continues to fail to operate with the remote.

Slide open the battery compartment on the back of the remote control and remove the fan's canopy against the ceiling. Confirm that the dip switches on the remote control inside the battery compartment and the dip switches on the ceiling fan remote receiver inside the ceiling fan canopy have the same dip switch settings. The fan will not operate if the switches are not identical to each other.

Replace the battery in the remote control, if the fan only operates when you place the remote control close to the ceiling fan. Check inside the ceiling fan canopy to verify that the antenna from the remote receiver extends into the canopy and isn't blocked from receiving transmissions. The remote cannot operate through walls, so verify you have clear access to your ceiling fan.

Turn the wall switch off for five seconds, then turn it back on or change the dip switch settings on the remote control and the remote receiver, should the ceiling fan operate inconsistently.