How Do I Properly Install Multiple Remote Controlled Fans?

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Updated July 21, 2022

Finding the best fan can make a massive difference in cooling your home during the summer. Many modern ceiling fans come with remote controls. If you have a large home and need to install several of them on the same electrical circuit, you may wonder, “How do I properly install multiple remote-controlled fans so that the signals don’t get mixed up?” Below, we’ll give you the complete instructions on how to do this so you can enjoy your fans when you need them most.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • To set up multiple remote-controlled fans on the same circuit, you need an understanding of electrical work and safety.
  • Pair the remote to the first fan.
  • Turn the power off and disconnect the wires to the fan’s remote receiver.
  • You repeat this process for each fan you need to be remote-controlled.

If you’ve not yet made a purchase and are still in the research phase, read our guide on the best ceiling fans. You may also want to consider the best neck fans.

Insider Tip

If you’re doing your own wiring, always keep the fan user’s instruction manual handy to help you navigate the electrical wiring scheme. If in doubt, contact a licensed professional.

Install Multiple Remote-Controlled Fans

The process requires a great deal of electrical knowledge. Failure to properly wire your fan can result in faulty operation and other dangerous electrical hazards. We recommend calling a licensed electrician to do the work if you don’t have the necessary electrical know-how. However, if you believe you can handle the job, correctly setting up multiple remote-control receivers is doable in a few hours.

Please note that this guide does not cover how to install the fan itself, but rather the receiver for the remotes. For a simpler but similar task, we have another great article that explains how to reset a ceiling fan remote.

STEP 1

Make sure your circuit breaker is switched off.

STEP 2

After the first ceiling fan and remote receiver are successfully installed, turn the power back on at the breaker.

STEP 3

After the power switch has been turned on, pair the remote. Remember that pairing usually must be done within the first three minutes of turning the power back on. Otherwise, the pairing mode will switch off. If you need to reengage paring mode, turn the power back off and on again.

STEP 4

Remove the fan’s canopy installation screws once the remote is paired. The canopy is the ceiling bracket cover at the very top of the fan that covers the wires. Once unscrewed, let it sit on top of the motor.

STEP 5

Once the receiver wires are exposed, disconnect the wires that run from the ceiling to the receiver. Then disconnect the wires that run from the receiver to the fan. Here, you must be extra careful to remove the correct wires. Usually, you will need to remove the black (live) and white (neutral) wire connections. In addition, there will likely be a blue wire (which controls the lighting) you can remove as well.

STEP 6

Once the wires are undone, use wire nut caps to secure each wire of the same color.

STEP 7

Repeat the process from step one with the next fan. And repeat for every fan that runs on the same circuit.

STEP 8

Once every fan is paired to its remote, switch off the power at the breaker again. Then, reattach the disconnected wires to the receivers.

Warning

Using wire nut caps is critical to reducing the chance of electric shock when you turn the power back on.

STEP 9

After everything is back in place, turn the power back on and test the remote control settings of each fan.

STAT: Using a ceiling fan in the winter to help circulate heat can help save up to 15% on heating bill costs. (source)

How Do I Properly Install Multiple Remote Controlled Fans FAQs

How can I determine what the correct fan size is for my room?

Compare the room's square footage to the diameter of the fan blades. If you have vaulted ceilings, you should also factor this in.

Do fans lower the temperature of a room?

Fans don't cool. They create a cooling effect by directing air movement towards the human body.

How much electricity do ceiling fans use?

Ceiling fans are energy-efficient and cost users, at most, about $.01/hour to run.
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