How to Manually Operate a Remote-Control Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans benefit from being remotely controlled, since the height makes it difficult to reach the pull switch placed on the motor module. To control a remote-controlled ceiling fan without using the remote, add a pull cord to the pull switch on the motor module. The pull cord can be purchased from a hardware store or garden and patio shop, while the tools needed are already in most households.

Adding a pull chain to your remote-controlled ceiling fan allows you to operate it manually.

Step 1

Stand a ladder next to the ceiling fan. Measure from the pull switch on the fan's motor housing down to the floor with the tape measure. Write down this number on a piece of paper.

Step 2

Measure from your feet up to your neck with the tape measure. Write this number down on a piece of paper. Subtract the measurement taken of yourself from the measurement taken from the fan. Write this number down.

Step 3

Purchase a chain link cord that is the length of the final number written down.

Step 4

Push one end of the chain link cord through the hole in the lug attached to the pull switch. Squeeze the lug and chain together with pliers.

Step 5

Insert the other end of the chain link cord inside the metal pull cord knob. Squeeze the sides at the top of the pull cord knob with a pliers to secure the end of the chain link cord inside.

Step 6

Pull the knob to engage the motor of the ceiling fan. Pull the knob an additional 2 times to change the speed of the rotating fan blades. Pull the knob again to turn the motor off.