How to Reset a Ceiling Fan Remote

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Updated August 16, 2022

A good working ceiling fan is necessary for maintaining a pleasant indoor temperature. Many of the best fans now have remote control technology, but many users face connection issues. To fix this problem, users must know how to reset a ceiling fan remote, and below we’ll show you how.


  • Check the batteries, signal range, and frequency to successfully reset your ceiling fan remote control.
  • Resetting the frequency requires removing the ceiling fan receiver and adjusting the dip switches to a new setting.
  • Adjust the remote dip switch settings to match the receiver and test whether the new frequency works.
  • Resyncing your remote requires turning off the fan and powering it back on while simultaneously pressing the remote’s pair setting button.

Setting up multiple ceiling fans to connect to each individual remote is another common issue. For this, we have another article explaining how to install multiple remote-controlled fans properly.

How to Reset Fan Remote

The remote is an essential component of any fan. Not only does it power the fan on and off, but it also helps users know how to control the ceiling fan speed to achieve maximum comfort.

An essential thing for fan owners to remember before running connection tests is to check the batteries, making sure they are fresh and in their proper place. Also, check the fan model instruction manual to double-check the signal range. Many fan owners think they have a malfunctioning remote when they are just too far out of range.

Once you’ve established the above, it’s time to look into several ways to reset a fan remote. Sometimes users need to readjust the frequency settings by accessing the wireless receiver on their fan motor. Other times, the remote needs to be resynced to the wireless connection. Either way, they are processes to follow closely, just as you would when learning how to assemble a standing fan.

The following guide will provide a general outline. For best results, consult your user manual to understand the unique properties of your device before starting.

Change the Frequency Settings


Turn your fan’s power off at the circuit breaker box.


Unscrew the canopy from your fan mount. The canopy is the metal or plastic cover at the top of the fan that covers the wires and receiver.


Remove the receiver from the fan and locate the four small frequency dip switches.


Using a small tool, such as a ballpoint pen or screwdriver, move the dip switch settings to create a new frequency.


Write down a diagram of the new frequency, then put the receiver back and reattach the canopy.


Turn the fan’s power back on at the circuit breaker.


Remove the batteries from your fan remote, then change the dip switches to match the new frequency.


Replace the batteries and test the remote to see if it successfully operates the fan.

Sync the Fan Remote


Turn your fan off by the switch or pull chain and wait about one minute.


Locate the pairing button on your ceiling fan remote. If you can’t find it right away, consult the instruction manual. Sometimes the ON button doubles as the pair button on the remote controls.


Position yourself close to the fan and then power it back on. During the first 5-10 seconds, press and hold the pair remote button.


Wait for the remote to synchronize with the fan. Not all brands take the same time to sync, so check this in the instruction manual.


Test the remote out to ensure it has appropriately synced.

How to Reset a Ceiling Fan Remote FAQs

What should I do if the fan speed control isn't working?

Check the fan's reverse switch and make sure it is entirely to one side or the other. Then test to see if it may be an issue with your fan remote.

What should I do if my ceiling fan is wobbly?

The first things to check are the electrical box and canopy screws. Tighten them if necessary, then check for any wobbling.

How do I know if I need a new remote?

If you have checked the signal, batteries, and frequency, and the remote still doesn't work, it is likely time for you to buy a new one. To purchase a new remote, you can contact your manufacturer or buy a universal remote that you can find at most home goods stores.
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