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Ceiling Fan Questions

We use and require simple home appliances on a daily basis and do not give much thought to the functioning of these items unless they malfunction. If this occurs, it can cause a lot of inconvenience. Below are a few common questions answered by Experts on ceiling fans, which may help you resolve your issues reasonably and quickly.

The receiver of my ceiling fan has burnt out. What can I do?

First check the house circuits, plugs and other appliances to isolate the problem as a ceiling fan issue. Then check the battery of the transmitter. If the transmitter is working fine or has been replaced, the problem could be with the ceiling fan receiver. Hence it is better to replace the ceiling fan receiver. The following website provides useful information and is a good source to procure parts.

I have a Hampton Bay light/ceiling fan. It does not work with the remote. However, the same remote works with a similar fan. What is the problem?

Since the remote is working normally on another fan it rules out a remote error. The problem could lie with the control panel. You may need to replace the fan control board. For this, you require the model number of the ceiling fan. It is generally mentioned on a tag on the top side of the motor.

You can order the part by providing the model number and have it delivered within a day by contacting the Home Depot Hampton Bay parts line on 1-877-527-0313. An alternate contact number is 1-800-330-3267. The website: should also assist you in replacing most of the accessories of Hampton Bay ceiling fans including remotes.

My Hampton Bay ceiling fan with the light fixture rarely works. It stops if I switch the light on/off. What is the problem?

Based on the problem described, the issue could be with the capacitors which operate and control the speeds of the fan. The fan switch box contains the pull chains or the forward/rewind switches. Generally, the capacitors too will be located here. Open the switch box and locate the capacitors. They are usually in the form of small black cylinders. There may be one cylinder or three in one cylinder. They contain numbers or micro farad ratings. If the capacitors look hot, smell bad and have black residue leaking out, it would be sensible to contact your local electrician to take a look and fix the problem. .

How do I install/reassemble a ceiling fan?

Instructions to install/reassemble a ceiling fan are listed below:

  1. For a new installation, mount a ceiling box at the location you want. If you are replacing an existing fan, you can use the old box after removing the fan. Turn the power off and follow the instructions:
    • Mark the location for the new fan.
    • Trace the outline of an electrical box with a pencil using a box appropriate for ceiling fan installation.
    • Cut the outline out with a keyhole saw.
    • Insert the new box into the hole in line with the bottom of the ceiling, supporting it with a wooden block nailed firmly into the ceiling joists.
    • Run the wire, usually a #12 MC cable or “Romex”. Extend six inches of your new cable into the box and connect the other end of your cable to a breaker in the panel box or an existing circuit above the ceiling.
  2. Turn the fan power off. To do this find the breaker controlling the fan and turn it off. It can be found on the electrical panel. Ensure the breaker is turned off throughout the time you are installing the fan.
  3. With the power off, you need to connect or twist tightly the green grounding wire from the mounting block with the green grounding wire in the ceiling. Insulation is not necessary since this is a “ground” or earthing wire.
  4. Fix the mounting bracket on to the ceiling using a mounting plate which attaches to the ceiling with two screws. These items are usually provided with the new fan.
  5. Remove approximately three quarters of an inch of insulation from the black and white power wires of your ceiling box.
  6. Twist the bare conductors together by matching the blue, black and white wires from the ceiling fan with the power wires. Insulate the wires using a vinyl electrical tape after capping them with insulated wire nuts.
  7. If the fan has a down rod slide it onto the fan housing and the canopy then onto it. Slide the fan housing to the ceiling and secure the canopy with the washer.
  8. Slide the blades into the blade bracket to lock into position.
  9. Secure pull chains, turn power on and test the fan.

How can I fix a rattling ceiling fan?

The mounting bracket could be loose. To access it you need to disassemble the whole fan. Once you gain access to the mounting bracket, tighten the screws which should resolve the rattling issue. After this is done, reassemble the fan.

Being aware of simple procedures or instructions about installing and fixing problems with ceiling fans can help you solve most of its issues not only by yourself but also more economically. Sometimes it can even eliminate the need to hire local technicians. In order to get answers to more specific questions concerning your ceiling fan, consulting Experts can prove helpful and useful.

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