Ceiling Fan Remote – One of the best innovations till date

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The technology around us exists for one and one purpose alone: to make things easier for mankind. Every new invention is made keeping in mind that humans accept anything that they can operate right from their couch. Remote control for ceiling fans is one such invention which redesigned the way people operate their fans. There is no need for you to get up and go towards the switch every time you feel hot or cold. You can just sit on your bed or couch and adjust the temperature as you seem fit. Harbor Breeze is one company which is known for making quality ceiling fans at affordable prices. Most of their ceiling fans comes with remote controls.

A remote control just makes it a lot easier

Every house in this world has a fan coming down from the ceiling. Imagine a tired day and you are having a sound sleep at night when you suddenly feel cold. You have to turn off the fan but you feel lazy to get off the bed. Remote control for a ceiling fan is exactly for people like these. You could choose to turn on, turn off or control the speed of your fan right from the comfort of your couch. There is no need to pause your favorite movie just because you have to get up to switch on the fan! But just make sure your remote control is next to you before you settle down because no one will get it for you.

How to choose your ceiling fan remote?

Most of the top companies like Harbor Breeze which make ceiling fans come with a remote control option. Even for the ones which do not have the option, you can separately buy a remote control which is compatible with your fan. So if you decide to have a remote control for your fan, no one can stop you.

So what do you look for in a remote control? The default features include turning the fan off, turning it on and adjusting the speed. But there are more complex features available. For example, you can make the fan automatically detect the room temperature and change the fan speed automatically. You can also set the time so that it automatically turns off or on after a predefined time. Some remote controls even offer settings which not only control the fan, but also the light. It is always advisable for you to go for a far advanced remote control which has all these features instead of a simple one because you never know when you will need it.

The common problem that one faces with ceiling fan remote control is that the range of the remote might be too small and the fan might not pick up the signal. This problem might be solved by having someone who already owns a remote control ceiling fan to guide you through the whole process.

So it make sense to switch over to remote control ceiling fans because it just makes it a whole lot easier to control your ceiling fan.

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38 Comments

  • D welsh says:

    We have five harbor breeze ceiling fans with remote control three of them quit responding to the remote. We thought might it be in the receiving unit. Is there a simple way to determine where the problem is?

  • Margie Russell says:

    I need harbor breeze ceiling fan remote model UC7080T, Please let me know where I can purchase one. Thanks

  • Tish says:

    My dog ate my remote. Can I buy just a new remote?

  • Sheni Ogunmola says:

    I also need a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan romote. The Ceiling fan model number is AC-552(N052-BLK) NN. It was manufactured in March 2002. The Remote is white with 4 grey buttons (HI, MED, LOW & Off) and one green button in the middle for the light. Thank you.

  • Stephanie Hochuli says:

    Very Frustrating, I just bought a house with two of the fans and lights and remotes. They simply work well with the fan and not at all with the lights. I want to take them back to pull chains. Is there an easy way to do this??

  • A. RONIM says:

    I also need a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan romote. The Ceiling fan model number is FCCID:KUJCE9103. The Remote is white with 4 grey buttons (HI, MED, LOW & Off) and one green button in the middle for the light. Thank you.

  • Danielle Joniak says:

    I need an extra remote to hang on the wall so I can turn off an on the light when I enter the room. On the back of the remote the ID is: L3HFAN35T2

    Thank you

  • I need a new remote ( CHQ88T7098T ) as when I moved into home and fan was up and we were given the remote that we assumed worked and it does not. It is in a 24 ft ceiling and would really like to get the remote to work than replace it. Can you help. I shop at Lowes and would be more than happy to get this old model remote.

    Sandra robinson

  • Eddie Waycaster says:

    my daughter just started 1st year college and she is renting a house with 2 other girls and the landlord put in new harbor breeze ceiling fans w/remotes in each of their bedrooms,the problem is when one of them turn the fan off or the light on it does the same in the other girls bedroom, how can I re-program the remotes to work independently from one another. thank you Eddie waycaster

    • Brandon says:

      On the remote, take the battery door off. You should see some dip switches inside next to the battery. Compare all the remotes to each other and make sure each one has a different setting. Then go up to the receiver in the fan and make sure those dip switches are set to match to each remote. Mine have 4 dip switches which allows for up to 16 possible combinations.

  • Wendy Behr says:

    We have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan that is several years old. We have lost the remote and have tried with 2 different electricians to install a “universal” remote that I bought at Lowes (#0379573), both unsuccessfully. The electricians both said something about the codes but I have no clue. Can anyone help? We can’t use the fan or light because it does not have a wall switch. Thanks.

  • Jeff says:

    I put in new harbor breeze ceiling fans w/remotes in each of the master bedroom, and the family room. The problem is when I turn the fan off or the light on it does the same in the other room, how can I re-program the remotes to work independently from one another. thank you

    • Brendan says:

      If they are the remotes with dip switches you can set one remote to a different channel. Then, reprogram to one of the fans following the learn procedure.

    • Chuck says:

      Jeff,

      Turn off the light switch of the fan you do not want to program and leave it off.
      After ensuring the fan is on high, turn off the switch to the fan you want to program.
      Remove the battery from the remote for 30 seconds, then reinstall it, leaving the cover open so you can get to the Learn button.
      Turn the power back on to the fan.
      Within 30 seconds, press the Learn button on the remote for 3 seconds or the fan switches to Medium speed.
      This should work for the one fan now.

      Do the same for the other fan.

      • Kevin Evans says:

        If I have two Merrimack fans on a rear porch (but wired to a single switch inside the house) that exhibit similar problems to the poster…will this work. Are you referring to the light switch on the remote or a wall switch?

        Thanks,

        Kevin

      • Greg says:

        This worked great! I had to replace the battery. The remote would not
        work afterwards. Followed the steps here and works great again!
        Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  • Brendan says:

    My remote worked fine for two months then became intermittent and now unresponsive. The battery still has power since it is still lighting up. This is the learning remote FCCID kujce9603. How do I go about getting this remote replaced?

  • Samantha says:

    I too need to purchase a new remote for my Harbor Breeze Merrimack fan. Where can I purchase has one?

  • Pat Mallory says:

    I purchased a celling fan at Lowes , a display take down and found out it was Remote Control and Lowes just said that is why it was marked down. I need to put in a universal control so I buy one thinking it would be like my TV and find out you have to change the receiver inside the fan. Is there a way I can get a remote for this fan without all this . I have two model #’s one is from Lowes #LP8071 the other is from the China label Model#LM-3cS52FN578/LP8071.This is a Harbor Breeze made June 2010. Any thing you can do to help me?

  • James Pyles says:

    I bought a ceiling fan from Lowes a floor model they did not have the remote so the sales rep. sold me a universal remote and since it was made by Harbor Breeze I didn’t think nothing of it. When I got home and installed the ceiling fan and followed the directions on the universal remote package it did not work I assumed something was wrong with the receiver so I took that out of the equation and hooked the fan directly to the power source and it did not come on. This is what I’m thinking that because the ceiling fan was not in the on position when I bought it the universal remote will not work is there a way I can turn the fan on with out the original remote so that the universal remote will work?

  • Donnie says:

    where can I get a replacement remote for a Teolo fan model LP8063LBN and also need a light kit replacement

  • sslink says:

    I wanted to pass along what I have since found out.
    Someone from my local Lowes called me back with the instructions. He also gave me the number for Harbor Breeze Lowes technical support 800-643-0067 Option #2.
    Unlike older fans that have 4 dip switches … My new Harbor Breeze Portes fan only has 2 choices and a Learn buttom.

    So… this new technology works like this:
    The zero is the default. Any fan(s) within 40 feet will work with the same remote(s).

    If you put the switch to 1 and then press ‘Learn’, it will find a unique code just for that remote and fan. For more fans.. turn the power OFF to all fans and power back ON to only the fan you want to program..set the switch to 1, click Learn and it will find another unique code just for that 3rd fan and remote. And so on. He said there is no limit to how many of these fans I could have in close proximity.

    This worked exactly as he said. Only downside … I mount one remote on the wall for when you enter the room and I like an extra remote on the nightstand.
    This seems only possible with switch on 0.
    When I tried to program an extra remote for the other rooms using switch 1,
    it creates a new code thereby disabiling the first remote in that room.
    If I program the other rooms back to zero switch, then all the lights go on in all the rooms. So plan ahead which room you might want extra remotes and make that the default switch 0.

    Hope this helps anyone in same situation. The instructions do not explain past the first 2 fans.

  • Becky Moses says:

    I need to replace my remote, if I am reading the number on back of remote it isCHQ8BT7030T ANY help would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Becky Moses

    • Jason says:

      One thing you can do is go to http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid/ and put in the FCC ID. The first three characters of the ID are the grantee code and the test is the product code. The search will give you the frequency that it operates at. I searched the code above and found it is 304MHz. Walmart sells a universal remote in there fan section with Fcc id KUJCE9103 that is also 304Mhz. Look inside your old remote and verify it has four dip switches; if it has less than four you are out of luck. If it has five, you’re ok if the 5th switch is in the off position.The remote at Walmart will come with a receiver; don’t worry about that, just get the new remote open up the battery compartment set the dip switches to match the old remote and it will work. If want to try and find just a remote try Amazon searching against the fcc id

  • BC says:

    I am TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED in Harbor Breeze. I had two remotes (the simple ones with 4 buttons and set-up similar to a simple garage door remote). Both of them quit working. I purchased a replacement at Lowes only to find out that the insides aren’t the same and there is NO INSTRUCTION about how to program this remote with my 4-year old fan. We don’t want to have to remove the fan to replace the entire workings- the fans were challenging to install to begin with. We called to ask about purchasing an older model remote and customer service was AWFUL! They dropped our call twice! Now I see a bunch of similar remarks here with NO RESPONSE from Harbor Breeze.

    • Jason says:

      There are options. I’ll reply with a long comment when I can get on a computer probably tomorrow.

    • Jason says:

      I currently have three Hampton Bay fans and one Harbor breeze fan. One Hampton Bay fan is on a 20 ft vaulted ceiling and came with a remote control. Over the years the Hampton Bay remote light button was wearing out but was still working. The Harbor Breeze fan came with a remote kit (receiver and remote) that I didn’t install. I saved it thinking I could put it in the master bedroom Hampton Bay fan. Well, I never got around to installing the new remote kit so instead I thought why wouldn’t this new remote replace the old Hampton Bay remote. I opened up both remotes’ battery compartments and set the new remote’s dip switches the same way as the Hampton’s and the new remote worked. Then some months later while walking down the ceiling fan aisle at Walmart, I saw a “universal” remote kit. The kit’s remote looked exactly like the Harbor Breeze remote except it didn’t have any branding logos on it. On a hunch that it was exactly the same remote I bought it. Comparing the “universal” remote and the Harbor remote I found that they had the same FCC ID, which is KUJCE9103; that meant that they were the same frequency. Looking at the old Hampton Bay remote revealed that it was L3HMAY97FANHD. Also looking at a new Harbor breeze in-wall transmitter I installed most recently was CHQ9051T.

      Summary of different remotes I have used:
      1. Hampton Bay Remote (1997) FCC ID: L3HMAY97FANHD, 303.95 MHz Four dip switches
      2. Harbor Breeze remote (2002) FCC ID: KUJCE9103, 304 MHz Four dip switches
      3. Generic Remote (2002) FCC ID: KUJCE9103, 304 MHz Four dip switches
      4. Harbor Breeze in-wall remote (2008) FCC ID: CHQ9051T, 303.875 MHz Five dip switches

      I’ve gotten all of these “different” remotes to operate the fans without changing out the receivers in the fans. The receivers must have a wide enough tolerance or bandwidth to accept the slight frequency differences from the transmitters. I’m guessing it is 0.200 MHz and could go up as much a 1Mhz. I’ve gotten a 304 MHz remote to work with a 303.95 MHz receiver and a 303.875 MHz remote to work with a 304 MHz receiver. The only issue with a remote that is on the edge of the bandwidth would be decreased range; so if the remote was designed to work at 40ft, it might only work at 20ft.

      Steps for finding a replacement remote:
      1. If you have a different remote (different FCC ID) go to google and do a search for “FCC ID lookup” and go to the FCC website to do a lookup. The first three characters of the ID are the grantee code and the rest of the ID is the product code. The main point of this step is find out the frequency.
      2. Once you have the frequency compare it to other remotes available. If you find one that is within plus or minus 0.2 MHz it will probably work.
      3. There’s one more very important thing to check on your old remote. Find out how many dip switches it has.
      4. Places to buy the remote: Walmart, Lowes, Amazon, Ebay

      Another thing I’ve seen on other DIY or handyman websites is that they say changing the dip switches will change the frequency. That is not what it is doing. Changing the dip switches changes the address lines of the HT-12E RF encoder. Multiple remotes of the same model in your house all operate on the same frequency but it is the unique encoding set by the address bits of each transmitter/receiver pair that pairs them up to control only one fan. A button push on one remote will be received by all the fans but will be ignored by the fans that are not paired up.

      The latest models of remote are “Learning” or “Smart”. One, I read about was Honeywell Smart Sync in-wall remote (2011) FCC ID:KUJCE10005, 304 MHz No dip switches.
      The FCC’s website shows that it operates at 304Mhz. That matches up with Harbor Breezes remotes. Unfortunately Honeywell and others are moving toward a Smart Sync or Learning process. That process removes flexibility from the home owner and forces you to replace the fan receiver if the receiver is not Learning. If the Honeywell remote had the traditional/older style dip switches you match up the Honeywell remote with your older Harbor Breeze receiver by matching the dip switch setting. If the Honeywell remote has the HT12E encoder, you could open up the remote and find the address lines on the HT12E and set them high, connect to Vcc, or low, connect them to GND, to match the dip switches. Thats all the dip switches do is set the address lines on the encoder. The receivers get matched up when their address lines are the same. I was able to install a Harbor Breeze in-wall remote that had similar Learning instructions but the learning was all at the receiver side and the remote had dip switches making it backwards compatible with older receivers.

      FAQ:

      Q: Is a five dip switch transmitter compatible with an already installed four dip switch receiver?
      A: It depends. Follow the steps above to verify frequency. If the frequency looks good then on the five dip switch transmitter set the fifth switch to “off “or “low”. In my case the fifth dip switch was labeled “D” (on) and “X” (off). I set mine to “X”. Ignore whatever the instruction says about it being used to turn on dimming for incandescent/florescent lights.

      Q: Can a transmitter/receiver pair that’s labeled learning or has instructions claiming “learning mode” work with already installed receiver?
      A: It depends. Follow the steps above to verify frequency. If the frequency looks good then check to see if the transmitter has dip switches. In my case, my transmitter had dip switches and the learning was all in the new receiver. I didn’t use the new receiver and was able to use the already installed receiver by matching up the dip switches.

      Q: Can different branded remotes and receivers work on different branded fans? Can a Hampton Bay Remote work a Harbor Breeze fan?
      A: It depends. Follow the steps above to verify frequency. If the frequency looks good then check to see if the transmitter has dip switches. Set the transmitter dip switches to the same as the receiver. Most of these transmitters and receivers are being made by only two companies in Taiwan.

      Q: Can two or more remotes be used to control one fan?
      A: Yes! That’s what is nice about having remotes and in-wall remotes that have dip switches. Just set the dip switches on all the remotes (hand-held or in-wall) to match the fan receiver. I am successfully using an in-wall remote near the door that is installed in a switch gang box and a hand-held remote on the night stand to control one fan in the master bedroom. If you have “learning” or “smart-sync” transmitter/receiver setup it might not work.

      Q: I have a transmitter that has dip switches and black box fan receiver that has no dip switches, how are they suppose to be paired together?
      A: This type of setup is a “Learning” or “Smart” setup. The transmitter gets set by you to any code you want. After everything is wired up then you have to get into learning mode to sync up the transmitter and the receiver. The steps for the learning mode comes with the instructions for the transmitter/receiver kit. I have seen the steps for Honeywell and Harbor Breeze and although similar they do have differences.

  • Amy says:

    I purchased a #0179384 Universal ceiling fan & light remote with wall switch. The remote control will control the fan & light but my wall switch will not. Any suggestions? I’m assuming the wall switch communicates with the receiver the same way the remote does…I have power to the wall switch but it is not directly wired to the receiver. Thanks.

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