Could a ceiling fan fall down from wobbling?

Ceiling fan wobble

A ceiling fan can indeed fall down from wobbling, though this is generally a rare occurrence if the fan is installed correctly and maintained properly. Wobbling is often a sign of underlying issues such as imbalance, improper installation, or problems with the mounting hardware. If a fan wobbles significantly, it may gradually loosen the screws and other fasteners that hold it in place. Over time, this can lead to the fan becoming unstable and eventually detaching from the ceiling, posing a serious safety hazard.

The primary reasons for ceiling fan wobbling include imbalanced blades, loose screws, improper mounting, or even a warped fan blade. Imbalanced blades can occur due to dust accumulation, differences in blade weight, or damage to one or more blades. Loose screws can result from the vibrations caused by the fan’s operation, especially if the fan is used frequently. Improper mounting might involve using the wrong type of mounting bracket or not securing the bracket tightly to the ceiling joist. Warped blades can happen due to exposure to humidity or other environmental factors, causing the fan to become unbalanced.

To prevent a ceiling fan from falling, it’s crucial to address any wobbling issues as soon as they are noticed. Start by turning off the fan and examining the blades for dust, dirt, or any visible damage. Clean the blades thoroughly and ensure they are not bent or warped. Next, check all the screws and bolts that secure the fan to the mounting bracket and the ceiling. Tighten any loose screws, being careful not to overtighten and strip the threads. It’s also advisable to check the mounting bracket itself to ensure it is securely fastened to the ceiling joist.

Balancing kits are available for ceiling fans and can help correct imbalances. These kits typically include small weights that can be attached to the blades to even out any differences. Follow the instructions provided with the balancing kit to properly balance the fan. Additionally, using a level can help ensure the fan is installed correctly and is not tilted.

Regular maintenance checks are essential for ensuring the long-term stability and safety of a ceiling fan. Periodically inspect the fan, especially if it starts to wobble or make unusual noises. Address any issues promptly to prevent them from worsening. If you are unsure about how to fix the wobbling or if the problem persists despite your efforts, it may be wise to consult a professional electrician or ceiling fan installer. They can provide expert advice and ensure the fan is securely and safely mounted.

In summary, while it is possible for a ceiling fan to fall down from wobbling, this risk can be mitigated through proper installation, regular maintenance, and timely addressing of any imbalances or loose components. Ensuring the fan is balanced, the mounting hardware is secure, and the blades are in good condition will help keep the fan stable and safe for use.

Where is the receiver on a Hampton Bay ceiling fan?

The receiver on a Hampton Bay ceiling fan is typically located within the canopy, which is the part of the fan that attaches to the ceiling. To access the receiver, you will need to follow these steps:

First, ensure the power to the fan is turned off at the circuit breaker to avoid any risk of electrical shock. Then, using a ladder or step stool, carefully remove the screws or clips that secure the canopy to the mounting bracket. The canopy should then slide down or tilt to reveal the internal wiring and components of the fan.

Inside the canopy, you should see the receiver nestled among the wiring. The receiver is usually a small, rectangular box with various wires connected to it. This device is responsible for receiving signals from your remote control and translating them into commands that the fan can execute, such as adjusting the speed or turning the light on and off.

If you need to replace or troubleshoot the receiver, carefully disconnect the wires following the manufacturer’s instructions, noting where each wire is connected. Replace the faulty receiver with a new one by reconnecting the wires in the same configuration. Finally, reassemble the canopy by securing it back to the mounting bracket, restore power at the circuit breaker, and test the fan to ensure it is functioning correctly.

How do you replace a fuse on a ceiling fan?

To replace a fuse on your ceiling fan, you’ll first want to ensure your safety by turning off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. This precaution will prevent any potential electrical shocks. Once the power is off, you can begin by locating the fuse housing. This housing is typically situated near the light bulb sockets or within the switch housing of the fan.

Carefully remove the fuse housing by either twisting or popping it out. If it’s challenging to remove, you might need to use a screwdriver. Be gentle during this step to avoid damaging the fan or the fuse housing itself. Once the housing is removed, inspect the fuse inside. A blown fuse will have a broken wire inside it, indicating that it needs to be replaced.

To replace the fuse, you’ll need to acquire a new one that matches the type and rating of the old fuse. The fuse’s rating is usually indicated on the old fuse itself or in the fan’s manual. Once you have the new fuse, place it into the housing, ensuring it’s securely in place.

After replacing the fuse, reassemble the housing back into the fan. Ensure that it is properly aligned and secured. Once everything is back in place, you can turn the power back on at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Finally, test the fan and its lights to ensure they are functioning correctly.

If you’re unsure about any step or feel uncomfortable performing this task, it’s always best to consult a professional. Electrical work can be dangerous, and it’s essential to prioritize your safety.

Fan Remote Doesn’t Work

Hampton Bay Universal Ceiling Fan Remote Kit

If your ceiling fan remote is not working, there are several troubleshooting steps you can take to try to resolve the issue. First, check the batteries in the remote. Replace them with new ones and make sure they are inserted correctly, following the polarity markings. Sometimes, simply replacing the batteries can fix the problem.

Next, verify the remote settings. Ensure that the remote is set to the correct settings for your fan, including the fan speed and direction. It’s possible that the remote settings may have been inadvertently changed, causing the remote to not work as expected.

Inspect the receiver, which is located inside the fan’s canopy or housing. Check that it is securely connected and that there are no loose or damaged wires. If the receiver is not properly connected, the remote may not be able to communicate with the fan.

If the above steps do not resolve the issue, try resetting the remote and receiver. Turn off the power to the fan at the circuit breaker, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on. Press and hold the reset button on the remote (if applicable) and the reset button on the receiver until the LED indicator on the receiver blinks. This may re-establish the connection between the remote and the receiver.

If resetting the remote and receiver does not work, you may need to reprogram the remote. If your remote has a learning function, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for reprogramming the remote to work with the receiver.

If none of these steps resolve the issue, there may be a problem with the remote or receiver that requires professional repair or replacement. Contact the manufacturer or a qualified electrician for assistance.

How to open the ceiling fan canopy

Why would you need to open the canopy on your ceiling fan? Well, there’s a bunch of reasons why this could be a need. First of all, you might need to access the receiver inside of your fan. If you’ve purchased a new universal ceiling fan remote and receiver kit, and you need to replace the receiver, then you’ll need to open the fan’s canopy. The good thing about this is you don’t have to remove the fan or take it down from the ceiling in order to accomplish this.

We’ve got a few videos on the site that will help in this regard as well. Be sure to check out some of the below videos and others here on this website that assist in that regard. As they say, a picture is worth a million words. It’s easy to surf around on YouTube today and find many ways to accomplish a task, by watching others perform that task. In this way, you too can learn how to open and work on the inside of your ceiling fan as required.

How to open the ceiling fan canopy – video walkthrough

Opening the canopy of a ceiling fan involves several steps to ensure safety and proper access. Begin by turning off the power to the fan at the circuit breaker to avoid any electrical hazards. If your fan has blades attached to the canopy, remove them first using a screwdriver to loosen the screws and carefully lift the blades off the fan motor.

Next, locate the screws or nuts that secure the canopy to the mounting bracket. These are typically near the ceiling at the top of the canopy. Use a screwdriver or wrench to loosen them. As you do this, the canopy should lower down, revealing the wiring and receiver inside.

If you need to access the receiver or wiring, you may need to disconnect the wires. Remember to note the wire connections for reattachment later. With the canopy open, you can now access the receiver, which may be attached to the mounting bracket or in a separate compartment inside the canopy.

After completing any work inside the canopy, reattach it to the mounting bracket using the screws or nuts. Ensure it is securely in place before reattaching the fan blades if they were removed. Finally, restore power at the circuit breaker and test the fan to verify it is working correctly.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific ceiling fan model, as the process may vary. If you are unsure or uncomfortable working with electrical components, it is best to seek assistance from a professional electrician.

Hampton Bay Glass Globe is stuck

Trying to remove your Hampton Bay glass globe? It’s not easy to remove sometimes. Glass globes or shades can become stuck on a fan after many years of usage, and those darn things just won’t budge! So what do you do when this happens, you ask? Great question. We’ll help you to answer that question here. Here’s some step by step. Ensure you’ve tried all of these things first. If this still does not work, keep reading to see if we can help to get that globe or shade removed. Once that’s off, it should be relatively straight forward to change the bulb.

Hampton Bay Clear Glass Globe
Hampton Bay Clear Glass Globe
  1. Make sure you’ve removed all the screws holding the globe or shade in place.
  2. Try gently turning counter clockwise and/or clockwise to see if there is any leeway or looseness when you do so. Be gentle, pulling too hard means that you could snap the connection and then it’ll never go back on again.
  3. Pulling straight down may also work. Have you ever been able to remove the globe before, and know which way it turns? If so, turn it the way you know of. If you’ve never removed the globe before, and turning it clockwise and counter clockwise does not work, then pulling straight down might be another thing to try.

If none of this works and the globe just won’t budge at all, then spraying WD 40 might help. Don’t spray it on the globe, but only in the small area where there are screw holes or where it might help to get the fixture turning. Don’t spray wires, or into spaces that could heat up.

This video shows what a usual light fixture looks like, from the perspective of the screws that are attached to the fixture and how to remove them. Many light fixtures are typical in this respect, and thus removing the screws from one fixture is very common from one fixture to the next.


Hampton Bay Fan and Light only works with Light Delay Button on Remote

We recently had a site visitor email us and ask the following question,

“I have a Hampton Bay ceiling fan with a light. The fan works fine, no issues. However, with the light, I can only get it to work if the light delay button is pushed. I should be able to turn it on with the center switch on the remote, but that does not work and the light does not come on with that button. How can I fix the light?”

Answer: Great question, and we get asked this sometimes. It might be a light delay button, or some other button on the remote, but the remote does not function in the manner that it should. As a troubleshooting step, when buttons don’t trigger the functions that they should, try doing a factory reset on the remote. Once the factory reset is done, try to re-program the remote to the fan. Try again and see if the behavior is resolved, or continues in the same manner.

Did this help solve your problem? If it did, or didn’t, please go ahead and leave a comment below and let us know. We would like to hear from you.


Troubleshooting a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Motor

Hampton Bay ceiling fans are a popular choice for homeowners because of their quality, durability, and affordable price range. However, like any electrical appliance, Hampton Bay ceiling fans may encounter problems, especially with their motors. If your ceiling fan is not working as it should, it’s crucial to troubleshoot the issue before it causes more significant damage to the motor or the entire unit.

Here are some steps to help you troubleshoot a Hampton Bay ceiling fan motor:

Check the Power Supply First

Make sure that the ceiling fan is receiving power by checking if the circuit breaker is not tripped, and the wall switch is turned on. Also, ensure that the wires are correctly connected to the motor and the power source.

Test the Capacitor

The capacitor is a small electronic device located in the motor housing that regulates the fan’s speed. If the capacitor is faulty, the fan may not run correctly, or it may not turn on at all. To check if the capacitor is the problem, use a multimeter to test it for continuity or perform a visual inspection for any signs of physical damage. If the capacitor is damaged, you’ll need to replace it.

Check for Loose Connections

A loose connection in the wiring can also cause the ceiling fan motor to malfunction. Turn off the power supply, open the motor housing, and check all the connections, making sure that they are tight and secure. Loose connections can be reattached with a wire nut, but if any wires are frayed or broken, you’ll need to replace them.

Lubricate the Motor

If the fan is making a loud noise or running slower than usual, it may need some lubrication. Hampton Bay ceiling fans come with permanently lubricated motors, but over time, the lubrication can wear off, causing the fan to malfunction. To lubricate the motor, turn off the power supply, remove the motor cover, and apply a few drops of lightweight oil to the bearings.

Check the Blades and Brackets

Sometimes, the fan blades or brackets can become loose or misaligned, causing the fan to vibrate or wobble excessively. Check the blades and brackets for any signs of damage or looseness, and tighten any screws or bolts that need it. If the blades are damaged, you’ll need to replace them.

Troubleshooting a Hampton Bay ceiling fan motor may seem overwhelming, but by following these steps, you can quickly diagnose and fix most problems. Always remember to turn off the power supply before working on the motor, and if you’re unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a qualified electrician or technician. By taking proper care of your Hampton Bay ceiling fan, you can ensure that it operates efficiently and lasts for years to come.

What should I do if my motor is not working on my Hampton Bay fan after this troubleshooting?

The next step would be to reach out to the manufacturer of Hampton Bay in order to obtain a warranty claim. In order to do so, we recommend you read more information about Hampton Bay’s warranty. Generally, there is a lifetime warranty on the motor, so if the motor is not working you can reach out to the manufacturer to either repair or replace the fan. The expectation would be they would pay for shipping, if you have to ship your fan in as the shipping cost might be high in that regard. If you have any stories about dealing with warranty support, please post them as a comment so we can learn more.


How do I find my ceiling fan model?

Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting

Do you need to find the model number of your Hampton Bay fan? It is often a challenge, where you want to get help with your ceiling fan (even if it’s not a Hampton Bay fan) and you need to know the model. Having the model number or the model name will help you to replace a part, get troubleshooting help or sometimes warranty support. It’s a basic piece of information that’s needed in most situations where you need general help with your ceiling fan.

With that being said, there are a few different ways to find the model number for your fan:

  • The first way is to locate the manual that came with your fan. If you can’t find the manual, we do have a page where you can take a look for your manual. However, this can become a catch 22 because to find the manual you need for your fan online, you of course need to know the model.
  • The other place you can find the model number is the outside of the box that the fan came in.
  • Another place to look is on the fan itself. If you have a fan that is mounted with a downrod (this is most fans), there would be an identifying sticker on the top of the motor housing. This means it is actually facing towards the ceiling. A mirror or a phone camera is good to capture the model number. You can then plug the model number into a major search engine, and you’ll find the name of that model as well from searching.
  • Check the remote control. The remote may have a model number. Take a look inside of the back (like inside of the battery compartment). Check all around the remote to see if you can find a label with the model number. Usually, you can find a label on the remote or inside of the remote.
  • The blades could potentially have model numbers or other information printed on.

Post a picture of your ceiling fan for assistance determining the model

If all else fails, and you really have no idea what model of fan you have – send us a picture. You can do so by filling out the comment form and requesting support. Provide us a picture, along with any other details you my have about the fan – where it was purchased, how long ago; the brand or model that you think the fan is but aren’t sure, etc. We’ll take all of the details you provide to us, and do our best to locate your fan. It’s possible we may be able to help identify the fan that you have, and then it’s off to the races. We can help you to then find the manual for that fan, assuming that’s what you’re looking for in this regard.

Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Speed Problem

A problem that is sometimes reported by site visitors, is that a Hampton Bay ceiling fan is slow at all speeds. How does this happen, and how do you troubleshoot it or diagnose the problem?

When searching online and looking at reports from Hampton Bay fan owners, we find that one of the ways to diagnose this problem is to open the housing and look inside of the fan. Do you see any scorched capacitors or wiring inside? Often a capacitor is responsible for this problem. This is because the capacitors store energy, and help transmit it in the circuit, that the fan or motor needs in order to make the fan turn. If a capacitor is scorched or there is any signs of physical damage inside of the fan, you should stop using the fan and replace it immediately. This is generally something that can be redeemed under warranty, if your warranty is still valid.

Ceiling Fan Capacitors inside the housing
When looking inside of the ceiling fan housing, you will find capacitors like this. These capacitors are not blown or melted, they look pretty normal.

If your Hampton Bay fan has a switch located on the fan, make sure it’s also set to high – especially if you also have a wall switch which controls the speed. Essentially you want to make sure there’s no manual input mechanisms, like switches, that may be causing the problem. Assuming that all switches are toggled properly – then you know for sure, it’s not an input problem that can be causing the issue. Best to eliminate as many variables as possible. You want to avoid the mistake of having the fan switch set to medium or low.

Bulging ceiling fan capacitor
This is what a blown capacitor looks like. Look for the “bulge” – the capacitor looks fat, or looks like it has a bulge like this. This is an indicator that the capacitor is blown and needs replacement.

Capacitor related ceiling fan issues

More often then not, once you’ve eliminated other variables, the problem is likely a capacitor issue. If you cannot find the problem, and you don’t feel comfortable opening up the fan housing to look inside – that’s totally OK. In many cases you have to take parts down from the fan to do this, or take the fan down itself. If this is the case, it may even be better simply to call Home Depot, open a warranty case and ship the fan back to Home Depot (if under warranty). If not under warranty, on the plus side the cost to replace a Hampton Bay fan is not overly expensive – usually. If your fan was $100, it may even cost less in terms of shipping costs, time and money to just buy another fan.

If you’re looking for support in terms of replacing a ceiling fan capacitor, we have a troubleshooting FAQ that will help with this. This article provides a step by step in terms of replacing a blown ceiling fan capacitor, as well as a selection of replacement capacitors that can be purchased and installed.

Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Speed Problem – Troubleshooting Video

The video below may be able to offer additional assistance with this speed problem. We’ve posted this video below as this seems to be a larger issue with many people who own Hampton Bay ceiling fans in their homes, or businesses. We hope this video helps you to figure out the root of the problem, and resolve!

Hampton Bay Flush Mount Installation Instructions

How do I install a flush mount Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan? Good question. We don’t really know. Haha, just kidding! That’s what you’re here for, right?

One of the first questions you may be asking actually – what is a flush mount ceiling fan? We can help with understanding this first if you don’t know. A flush mount Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan is one that attaches directly to the ceiling, without the use of a downrod. This comes with advantages as well as disadvantages – like everything else. The usual application of a flush mount fan is when you have a low ceiling, where it does not make sense to mount a fan with a downrod. When you have a low ceiling, a downrod takes up real estate on the ceiling that you essentially need.

So, to minimize the usage of that real estate, we look at using a flush mount ceiling fan. Mounting a flush mount ceiling fan means that as part of the installation, we no longer use a downrod. This can make attaching a flush mount fan less of a process in the long run.

The easiest way for us to provide these install instructions is with a video! Take a look at the below installation video and be guided virtually through the install process.

How to replace a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Receiver

The receiver is a main component in your Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan. If the fan is not working properly, it may be time to replace the receiver. The receiver acts like a “motor controller,” and manages the light and fan functions of a DC powered fan.

If you are replacing a regular DC motor receiver, the below steps will work. These steps are different if you are replacing a Hampton Bay Low Profile Ceiling Fan.

Regular Replacement of Hampton Bay DC Motor Ceiling Fan Receiver

You will need the following tools in order to complete this task:

  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Zip ties
  • Replacement receiver part ordered from customer service

Before you get started- an important safety step is always to turn off power at breaker so  you can’t get a shock.

Next is to disassemble the fan down to the motor. Use the fan owner’s manual for this step and assistance, or contact customer service. Here’s the rest of the steps:

  • With motor extracted, disassemble housing
  • Remove collar screws on motor coupling
  • Bump the sides of the motor to loosen housing
  • Lift off coupling
  • Cut any zip ties holding wires together
  • Unplug the connectors
  • Unplug the 9 pin connectors
  • If receiver is held down with 2 screws, use screwdriver to remove them
  • If receiver held down with double sided tape instead of screws, pry the receiver off of the motor
  • Bring new replacement receiver to motor
  • Place the receiver under the motor coupling
  • If original receiver used screws, reinstall or use mounting tape
  • Connect antenna connectors back, then reconnect 9 pin connectors
  • Use zip ties to fasten wires / secure them
  • Align top plate holes on housing

Below is a video walkthrough of how to replace a Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Receiver. This should be useful to help you to replace this commonly malfunctioning part on your fan.



How do I replace a Hampton Bay ceiling fan switch?

With most ceiling fans that have pull chain switches, you’ll need to replace the switch. However, that’s not the case with every fan. On some Hampton Bay models, it’s possible that you can reattach the chain. An important thing to note – does this switch operate the light, or the fan? If you’re replacing a fan switch and not one that operates a light, you need to know: does the fan have three speeds? Or does your fan have more than three speeds (or even less). Most fans have three speeds, but if this is not the case, it’s important information.

Here’s the step by step on figuring this out:

  1. Like with most maintenance you’re doing to your Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan (or any appliance in your home really), turn the power off to the fan.
  2. Remove the cover on the housing of the ceiling fan, so you’re able to get to the switch. Loosen the nut on the outside of the switch, which is holding it in place.
  3. Pull out the switch from the housing. Make sure not to disturb the wires (leave them connected or you’ll wind up doing more work later).
  4. Take a look at the switch. Is the chain able to be reconnected without proceeding further? If so, you’re done!
  5. If not, then it’s time to jot down the wiring colors. Take a look at where the terminals connect to as well. Make a note of where all the wires connect to, and draw wiring diagrams. Take pictures with your phone or camera.
4 Wire Ceiling Fan Switch
Here’s an example of a 4 wire ceiling fan switch. See the wire colors? This is why it’s important to make diagrams of the wire colors.


  1. Unplug the wires while preserving the terminals. Remove the switch, and write down the make and model of the ceiling fan. Take that information with the switch to a local retailer for a replacement. Home Depot is the primary reseller of Hampton Bay Ceiling Fans.
  2. When replacing the switch you need to know the number of speeds, the wattage of the switch, etc. That’s why learning the number of speeds earlier was important. The replacement switch needs to be the same everything as the existing switch.
  3. Install the new switch. Use the wiring diagrams or pictures you made earlier to re-attach the wires to the terminals. Then attach and tighten the screws
  4. Place the switch into the fan housing. Start threading the nut or nuts on the exterior
  5. Put the housing cover back on, or the globe cover, whichever you removed at the beginning!
  6. You’re done! Great job. Turn the breaker back on so you have power flowing to the fan again.


Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Remote is Not Working

Is  your Hampton Bay ceiling fan remote not working properly? This is actually a common problem. There are many different solutions to this problem that you can try. Please let us know afterwards which solution worked for you – we’ll be happy to hear more, and post your solution to the website.

Here is one thing a site visitor tried. This worked for a number of site visitors, so see if it works for you:

  • Turn off the power with the remote. Within 30 seconds of turning the power back on again, hold down the fan off button for 10 seconds and this will perform a reset.
  • Did you try replacing the batteries in the remote, as well as removing them and putting them back in again?
  • Did you check the dip switches? Are the dip switches set correctly? If the dip switch settings are changed, the remote won’t be able to communicate with the fan.
  • Try turning the circuit breaker off to the fan, then turn it back on. Hold down the light or fan button for 10 seconds.
  • Try putting the dip switches back into the original position, turn the light switch off. Then, hold the off button for 10 seconds. Turn the light switch back on again. Does the remote work now?

These steps ultimately take into account the idea that the remote needs to be reset, but the dip switches also need to be set correctly. Sometimes, these steps mentioned work to clear any logic settings that may be misbehaving with the remote and the receiver.

Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan Remote
An example of a Hampton Bay ceiling fan remote. There are many to choose from when browsing for a replacement remote – if that’s what you’re after.

Other reasons why the remote is not working, includes the concept that the receiver may have failed. If the above troubleshooting fails, the next step is to get a ladder out and take a look at the receiver. If you’re not sure how to access the receiver, it’s located inside the canopy. The canopy is just above the lights and below the blades inside of your ceiling fan housing. If the receiver unit appears to be damaged, or melted slightly, it needs to be replaced. A replacement receiver can be purchased at a local retailer, and are generally inexpensive around $30.

Here’s a video which outlines these reset instructions. Take a look at the 14:46 mark for the reset instructions.

Where can I find a manual for my Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan?

Finding a manual for your Hampton Bay fan can be tough. Why is that? Well, say your fan was made 5 years ago. Say it was made 10 years ago. So, where do you go exactly to find the manual that you need for your fan?

Obviously the first place to look is the box that came with your fan. Now, assuming that you don’t have that, here are some additional options to find your fan manual.

Try searching online

The first thing you can try doing is Googling. Yes, we know that you may have tried that already. But it’s worth throwing out there. You may find a website which has a list of replacement Hampton Bay manuals for your fan. Typically, these manuals will come as a PDF format that you can download to your computer.

Try contacting the Retailer

There is a community help forum, where you can post a question and the retailer will get back to you. This can be an effective method of getting answers. Also there is a 1800 number as well that will be pretty effective at getting you the support you need for your fan.

The user manual usually includes the following:

  • A guide on how to use the ceiling fan – main functions.
  • FAQ – frequently asked questions about the ceiling fan that you have, or are trying to find information on.
  • How to get more help if the manual does not resolve your query.
  • Potential problems, and a troubleshooting section on how to solve common issues.

The ceiling fan manual may also have a parts guide, which lists the parts numbers for your fan. If you need to find a replacement blade, replacement globe or even a motor, parts guides are often useful.

Why does my Ceiling Fan turn on and off by itself?

Is your Hampton Bay ceiling fan turning on and off by itself? Or, you might have another brand of ceiling fan that is doing this. This can be happening because of the frequency on your fan is set to the same frequency as someone else’s close to your home. For instance, your neighbour could have a different  ceiling fan than yours, but the frequency may be the same on the remote. Your remote has to be set to the same frequency as your fan.

Fan and remote frequencies are set to one another using dip switches. The first thing you should change when you start to have problems with your fan doing things on its own, is change the batteries in the remote. The batteries could be low and the fan might not be functioning properly.

If you have some batteries in the home, check for them and try switching the batteries first.

The next thing you should check is the dip switches on the remote as well as the fan. Try changing the dip switches. You can find the dip switches on the back of the remote and inside the fan, under the fan housing. The dip switches have to be set the same way on the fan as they are on the remote. You should change however they are set to prevent the fan being controlled by another person with a remote, since you are having those issues. Once the dip switches are set differently the fan, should not be able to be controled by another person with a remote as the dip switches on their remote will no longer be the same as your fan or remote.

From the desk of our site editor and ceiling fan repair guru…

“Hampton Bay fans or light kits turning on and off by themselves, is almost always a dipswitch issue, 95% of the time. From the times I have been in a homeowner’s home, and I showed them where the dipswitches were on the fan and the remote, they were dumbfounded and had no idea that these dipswitches actually controlled the frequency on which the remote ‘talked’ to the fan. Once we changed the setting on the dipswitches, it solved the problem almost everytime.”