Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Remote Not Working? Try these troubleshooting tips to get your fan back up and running. Check the batteries, make sure the remote and fan are on the same frequency, and reset the fan’s receiver. If you’ve tried all of these and your remote is still not working, it may be time to replace it.
With usage, the Harbor Breeze ceiling fan’s remote starts having issues like:
- The fan stops responding to the remote when you press the remote buttons
- The light on the remote stays on
- The fan’s light kit doesn’t turn on/off with the remote, etc.
If you’re having issues with your fan’s remote, then check out my article on fixing issues with Harbor Breeze Fan Parts Troubleshooting, to get easy fixes to the above problems. If your remote isn’t working then it’s possible that some power surge has removed the memory of the remote and needs to be re-synced. It is also possible that the batteries of the remote are dead and need replacing. These are the short and quick answers but you must learn:
- Where’s the learn button and how to resync
- How to install the remote with ceiling fan
- How to resync the remote with ceiling fan
- How to program the ceiling fan’s remote
- Battery sizes you need for replacement
- Whether the universal remote will work with Harbor Breeze ceiling fan or not, etc.
I’m sharing this guide after facing and researching the common problems with the remotes people may face, so read on and solve your problem yourself easily. I’m putting below a definitive guide on troubleshooting and fixing all the remote problems, and, I’ll also add pictures and videos where they may be necessary to identify the issues with the remote control, so, stay tuned and get all the necessary information.
Where is The Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Remote Learn Button & How To Resync With It?
The Harbor Breeze ceiling fan’s remote has a learn button on the back of the remote control’s unit beside the battery. It is used to connect the remote to the ceiling fan and is also called the reset button. The learn button is a quite genius alternative to the multiple dip switches. But the remote still has a dipswitch that can be switched between 0 and 1.
Now let’s figure out the working of the dipswitch and the learn button. When the dipswitch is switched to 0, it means that the remote is synced with the ceiling fan and will work with this remote up to 40 feet. When you set the dipswitch to 1 and press the “learn” button, then, it generates a unique code to connect the remote with all the nearby switched-on fans.
If you want to connect only one fan with the remote then simply turn off power to all the other ceiling fans in your space. It’s important to make sure that when you use the learn button, you have turned off the main power supply to the ceiling fan and after turning it off, turn on the fan again. In the period of 30 seconds, press and hold the learn button for 3 to 5 seconds. You can use a screwdriver or a pen to hold the learn button. The relevant Harbor Breeze ceiling fan will turn on and the light kit on the fan will blink 3 times, this indicates that the fan is synchronized with the remote. If the fan is still not synchronized with your remote then try holding the learn button while continuously pressing the speed or light buttons of the remote.
How Do I Reset My Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Remote?
When the ceiling fan’s remote starts having issues, almost all problems can be solved by simply resetting the remote. Before thinking of any other solution, I advise you to try resetting the remote first and if resetting doesn’t fix the issue then look for other possibilities. To reset the remote control, you will need to:
- Turn off the fan and also remove the back cover of the remote.
- Turn on the fan and press the learn/reset button.
- Hold the learn/reset button until the light of the fan comes on and the fan goes to the medium spin cycle.
If your fan and remote are of older models and have dipswitch settings, then you will need to select the similar dipswitch settings on your remote as on the fan.
This is an old way as the newer models don’t have the dipswitches on the fan’s unit itself. However, some newer remotes can still have the dip switches, if only your remote has the dip switches then you should make sure that each of the remotes has a different dipswitch settings before pushing the “Learn” button.
As an example, if your remote contains four(4) dipswitches numbered 0 to 3, then, set them all at the 0 position. Next, turn on your fan and also the light on the fan. Then, press and hold the “learn” button until the fan’s light blinks 3 times, indicating that the fan is synced with the remote. If you want to sync the same remote to another fan, then simply follow the same process but remember to choose different dipswitch settings before pressing the “learn” button. Let’s say, for the first fan you’ve chosen the dip switch settings “0 0 0 0” then for the second fan choose the settings, i.e., “0 0 0 1”.
How Do You Program a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Remote?
Programming the Harbor Breeze ceiling fan remote is almost similar to resetting the remote as I’ve explained above. To program the remote with your fan, use either the “learn” button or the dipswitches on your remote to set the same settings on your ceiling fan’s unit. The fan’s dipswitches are located on the remote’s receiver installed on the ceiling fan’s motor housing(near the ceiling).
Will a Harbor Breeze Universal Ceiling Fan Remote Work Fine?
The universal remotes work fine with the Harbor Breeze ceiling fans if they’re compatible with each other, In other words, if you buy the right model remote. Many people nowadays are replacing their worn-out original remotes with universal ones as they work fine as the fan’s original remote. You can find the universal remote on Amazon easily by using the search phrase: “Harbor Breeze Remote”.
The sellers on Amazon usually explain the specifications and limitations of their products, so, you should do a little research before making any purchase. For example, if you want to buy the Eogifee 35T Ceiling Fan Remote Replacement, which is a specially designed universal remote for the Harbor Breeze ceiling fans, you must make sure the original remote has FCCID: L3HFAN35T1 or L3HFAN35T written on back of it, or the original remote model is either FAN53T, KUJCE9103, FAN-35T, FAN-11T, or FAN-HD5.
How to Get a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Remote Replacement?
When buying a replacement remote for the Harbor Breeze ceiling fan, the first place you should look for is “Lowe’s”. They are the main distributor of Litex Industries products(the parent company of Harbor Breeze). First of all, you will find the original remotes on the Lowe’s store or website (they might be a bit costly) and if they are unavailable then you will probably get the most compatible universal remote that will work fine with your Harbor Breeze ceiling fan. Lowe’s has a very limited number of replacement remotes so there are chances you can’t a replacement there. So, I would suggest the next place to look for a replacement remote is Amazon. There you can a universal remote for replacement at very reasonable prices but you have to do a bit of research and make sure that the remote is compatible with your fan as I’ve mentioned above.
If you still can’t find a replacement then the last option is to call Litex Industries Customer Service and ask for the replacement remote.
What Is a Harbour Breeze Ceiling Fan Remote Kit?
The Harbor Breeze ceiling fan’s remote kit contains a remote and a receiver that you’ve to put into your fan’s motor housing to make the remote able to control your fan. These remote kits are usually used to make a fan remote controlled which doesn’t have the remote control feature. You can do research and find a compatible remote kit by reading the descriptions thoroughly.
How To Install a Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Remote Control?
Installing the remote is not so easy, If don’t have electrical knowledge please consult a qualified electrician to carry out this work. However, if you want to take the process yourself, look below for a guide on installing the remote into your ceiling fan.
For Yor Knowledge: There are three wires in the ceiling fan’s canopy: White, Black, and Blue. The white wire is neutral, the black wire powers the fan, and the blue powers the light. You have to attract the remote’s receiver to these wires.
As a safety precaution, I would say that don’t forget to turn off the circuit breaker before starting any kind of electrical work.
Here is the stepwise guide to installing a ceiling fan remote control:
- Start by removing the screws that are holding the fan’s canopy in place.
- When removed, you’ll be able to see the ceiling fan’s wiring along with the bracket that’s connected to the electrical box of the fan.
- Find out the white wires that go from the electrical box to the ceiling fan, separate these two white wires, and disconnect them from the electrical box by untwisting them.
- Do the same thing with black and blue wires.
- There you’ll also see a green wire, don’t disconnect this one.
- Now, the receiver has the same wires: white, blue, and black that are in the fan’s canopy.
- The receiver has a ceiling fan side, it also has markings to show this. The receiver has labels to identify the light wire, the motor wire, and the neutral wire.
- Then, on the other side of the receiver, you’ll see white, black, and blue wires that you have to connect to the corresponding colours on the ceiling fan’s electrical box.
- Make sure that you’ve matched all the wire colors correctly and use wire connectors on each of the connected wire pairs.
- Now connect the white and black wires on the receiver to the matching-coloured wires on the fan’s electrical box.
- After matching and connecting all the wires, now you can place the receiver in the ceiling fan’s mounting bracket.
- Screw back the ceiling fan canopy’s screws tightly.
Now you’re all done. Turn on the power and test if the fan is working with the newly installed remote or not.