Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fans – Light Problems

Harbor Breeze ceiling fans have grown to be one of the inexplicable brands, sought after for years, speaking of ceiling fans. Multi utility has also been a scoring point for Lowe’s in-house brand, Harbor Breeze, illumination being the foremost features of it. These illuminating solutions also have their fair share of faulty complaints and the corresponding solutions. To know more, read on.

The bulb wattage that comes with the ceiling fan kit is one of the majorly recurring problems in Harbor Breeze ceiling fans. Most of the complementing décor ceiling fans, in an effort to live up to the antiquities look or the regale look of the fan and the kit. These high wattage light bulbs often blow off, even when only the fan has been used habitually but not the bulbs. Candelabra bulbs are the ones prone to this ‘blown off’ phenomenon.  The problem is the frequency of bulbs blowing out. Even without using the fan. Even having tried reducing the wattage bulb used down to 40 and people still have been experiencing blowouts. You can search your local supplier for rough service light bulbs or replace with Compact Florescent CFC bulbs which have no filaments, they seem pricey but they last for a good 5 years and use 75 percent less energy.

Another recurring problem with the lighting kit in Harbor Breeze ceiling fans is the dimness of the light bulbs in many a products. The 52″ Harbor Breeze Avian ceiling fan with a built-in light kit from Lowe’s is one of the products which have this dimness of the light problem. There is one but simple solution to this problem, you can simply hold down on the green light button on the remote and it acts as a dimmer for the light in the ceiling fan.

Often while dissembling and again fitting it back on the wall mountings, the pull chains and the light sockets go off the base power. It can be one of those black boxes in the switch housing something to look at or are the fan capacitors. The wiring can often be the problem in these difficulties, coming out of the fan are 4 wires, white, black, blue, green or bare. Bare goes to house bare ground wire, white to house neat(white), black to house black, blue to switched wire from the wall switch, it could be red, black or white, and that is where I suspect you miswired. Another way to get the light to work is connect the blue and black together and operate the light from its’ own pull chain switch. Also, make sure these are connected to the same hot wire from the ceiling box.

Pull chains going out of use is often a misdemeanor. The problem though oft based on forced handling of the pull chains, than faulty snippets, warrants a solution. You can change the light switch inside the housing. You can take the bottom 2 screw out and it will come down to get at it. You can pull apart the 2 wire so it will be easy for you to change the switch or take it to the store to get replace, or buy a new one. You can also try, to take it down and change the switch. It’s a little usually brown box inside where the chain connects.

Sometimes the Harbor Breeze fan acts like a strobe light, with no remote control working, and just the flip switch working. The problem is in the light relay. turn the power off then take the light kit off and you will see a relay that is connected to the lights, just cut the wires going into it and connect them to the wires coming out and throw the relay away. Now, put everything back together and flip the switch. Problem solved in a jiffy. This problem also sounds like the fan has experienced some sort of electrical surge. The receiver in the fan may be permanently damaged, or NOT. Find out what circuit breaker your fan is on, and shut it off, and leave it off for 2 minutes. Then turn it back on. If the problem still exists, the damage is likely permanent, and you may have to have it repaired from the Harbor Breeze customer service wing.

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108 Comments

  • joshua says:

    have a harbor breeze ceiling fan and lights quit. Took apart and the starter was burnt on the side. Was wondering how i could get on of those to replace it?

  • Kendall Smoak says:

    Did anyone ever answer your question b/c I have the same issue?.

  • Tracy says:

    My harbor breeze ceiling fan lights quit working! The fan woks fine but the lights dont work! Please advice!

  • Shane says:

    I have a “Harbor Breeze 52-in Edenton Polished Pewter Ceiling Fan with Light Kit” that recently has started doing the light flickering. The bulbs used were the ones that came with the fan, assuming the bulbs were bad we tried CFLs and the problem persists.

    Any help would be much appreciated. This model has no remote or dimmer.

    Thanks

  • Dan says:

    I have a Harbor Breeze light kit that blew the thermal fuse. It has a white and pink wire and is white in color. Where do I find a replacement? What is the part number? It is rated at 130 degrees. If I bypass it the lights work. No idea why it blew.

  • Jordan says:

    I have a Harbor Breeze fan and my suite mate graduated he left his light bulbs in the same fan so i swapped them out. However when i turned on my fan they flash and go out. When i turn off the power ill hear a click and then they will just flash quick again and go out after the power is returned. Is there any way to change this since it did not happen to the same fan in the other room?

  • John says:

    My harbor breeze ceiling fan lights quit working! The fan woks fine but the lights dont work! Please help.

    • Luis Montano says:

      John, heres what you do you buy a tone and probe. Open up the housing where your lights are on the fan. you should have a black and white wire going to a pull string switch. place the probe next to those two wires make sure the wall light switch is turned on. if you get tone letting you know there is power to that point then its obvious the pull string switch is bad. Buy a replacement at hd or lowes for $3.50 and install it.

  • Ed says:

    I have a harbor breeze ceiling fan with light kit and remote control. When first installed, it worked perfectly. After a summer of running the fan, I tried to turn it off for the fall/winter months, only to find out I couldn’t. The fan is controlled by remote only. I threw the circuit breaker and stopped the fan and took it down thinking the wiring must be wrong somehow. I put it back up, same way it came down, and it worked fine. It has been off all winter. Now it won’t come back on. The battery in the remote is fine and the circuit breaker is in on position. Have not taken it apart. What do I look for? Any ideas?

  • tim says:

    the light kit on my fan recently stopped working i ordered a new one from lowes and the diameter is smaller than the original. i have contacted lowes and they informed me that i have the correct part for the fan but i assure you it is too small to mount in properly.

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  • matthew says:

    My Harbour Breeze Bellevue aged bronze fan works fine but the light switch quit working…so our lights are stuck on. Is there an easy way to just change the switch?

    • Troy Anderson says:

      We have the exact same problem but it’s stuck in the off position. We’re trying to sell our house so this just doesn’t look good. Let me know if you get this resolved and I’ll do the same.

  • Brad Pierson says:

    My light kit on my 52″ ceiling fan has gone out. The light bulbs kept blowing including the CFC’s I checked voltage and it has 121V into the fan but going into the light kit from the bottom of the fan is 82V. The fan is working fine. Please advise if there is a complete wiring diagram and parts avaliable for repair of this issue?

  • Tim says:

    I have a harbor breeze 52″ non remote ceiling fan. I turned the lights on
    One day to see a bright blue flash then no lights. Checked bulbs
    Found one blown. It had small amounts of black inside the bulb.
    Replaced blown bulb and turned on light switch, no light. Removed kit
    From fan and tested voltage. 120 at the light wires. So I thought it
    Was the switch in the light kit. Replaced switch reinstalled on fan
    Turned power on and still no lights. Please help.

  • Maria says:

    We have TWO 52″ Crosswinds Fans Item # 0044622 / Model # 00264. Almost a year old. Just recently the lights of one in a bedroom, started flashing … like strobe lights. Had my father look at it since we were afraid it could be a short or due to power surge. It appears the light kit/ REMOTE RECEIVER is the issue. Not hot or overheated … but does not work. The remote works the fan (all speeds/on/off) perfectly … but if you turn the light on, it will stay on for a minute or two, flash like a strobe light and then shut off permanently even while the fan still works. We need a new REMOTE RECEIVER … but do not think we have to pay for it since the fan is not nearly a year old. An immediate problem as of this morning … no warning whatsoever. No website, no email … just a customer service number that of course has no one working on the weekends to answer questions or to get a replacement part from.

  • Dennis says:

    Have a remote controlled ceiling fan with light, have power to the switch and battery is good in the remote and the fan and the light does not work. Any suggestions???

  • Shah says:

    I have a harbor breeze ceiling fan with remote control. After couple of years of use the lights stopped working. The remote controller wont start the fan nor the lights. So i removed remote controller control unit and the fan works with the switch but no lights even though i hv connected them directly. So i was wondering how i could get the lights to work. Do I need to replace the whole light kit? Or is there a capacitor or a pull chain switch which needs to be replaced ? Or is there a way to operate the lights using a seprate switch? Any help in this regards is appreciated.

  • Megan says:

    Thank you Martin! I had already figured out what was wrong, but didn’t know if it was safe to remove that part.
    My light kit had stopped working, even though the fan still worked, and of course I had already changed the light bulbs.
    I started by looking at all the attachments between the light kit and fan, and between the ceiling and remote and fan. Then I opened the light kit itself. My non-contact live wire tester helped, I finally found the one wire that didn’t have power, the blue one leaving the little black box that the wire from the pull chain goes into. I figured I would try removing that black box, but I wanted to confirm from someone else that this was safe.
    Your post is the only one I have found online that was helpful. I can’t believe most people reply “change the light bulb” ???!!! Do those people think others are stupid, are they that stupid themselves, or are they trying to be funny?

    Then there are those who give word for word what the instruction manual said, and they obviously think they are helping because of the amount of time they spent typing that response, but it just comes out being condescending. Any person who is comfortable enough to even start taking apart the wiring of a fan will know what the instructions for assembling the fan are, the part I had issues with comes in the box from the manufacturer already assembled, the installation instructions won’t do any good.
    Anyway, sorry for my rant, not directed at you, mainly letting you know why you are helpful while so many others aren’t. You explained things that aren’t included in the manual that came in the box. Thank you.
    Now I have to rest, my power box is outside, I’ve been going up and down a ladder in and out of the house, trying to pin down what was wrong. My arms hurt too, working over my head isn’t a usual activity for me. I am so glad that I hinted for a non-contact live wire finder for my last birthday!

  • Ben says:

    Purchased a new light kit for my fan – the same fan it’s recommended to be used with. I installed the kit, however I could not get the light kit to turn on. I returned it, installed a new one…same issue – no lights turn on. The fan still works fine with or without the light kit. What am I missing? I assume that means something is wrong inside the fan, correct? Is there a switch on the light kit (aside from the pull cord) that I’m missing? I know my connections are good and I know the fan works…so what else is there? Thanks.

  • Terry says:

    My Harbor Breeze ceiling fan lights quit working! The fan works fine but the lights don’t work! What functions do the little black box proform and can I remove it?

  • Ryan says:

    Just bought a 52″ crosswinds installed everything properly and for some reason the controler will not turn the lights off or on i have to do it manualy. I have already tried the troubleshooting and it still doesnt work how can i get a new control box and remote through the warranty?

  • Jean M. says:

    I just put the Harbor Breeze 2-Sone 100 CFM Nickel Bathroom Fan with Light
    Item #: 200366 | Model #: 80206 from Lowes in my bathroom.

    I had a certified electrician install the box and I installed the fan. The night light does not work.

    Can you call me or write an email to let me know what to do about it.

    Thank you.

    JM

  • Raymond Hardin says:

    I have a Harbor Breeze 3 and the light kit recently stopped working. I replaced the switch to the lights and that didn’t help. Do I need a new light kit or is there something else that I need to look at first?

    Thanks,

  • i have the same problem as a number of them listed on your site – the light strobes. must be a defect with this producm. model #EN052AB5C4. please provide direction as to replacing it. thank you

  • LDSpears says:

    I have 2 Harbor Breeze 52″ Tilghman 0294981 fans and 2 Harbor Breeze light kits 0317150. the light kits will not work on either fan. Is there a known problem here that I am not seeing?

  • Kim Hart says:

    Like most others, my Harbor Breeze fan was working just fine, but the lights wouldn’t turn on. When we took the light unit off from the fan unit we found that the black box inside burnt up. Not sure what to do about this. Very thankful more damage wasn’t done. This fan/light was already installed when I bought my house 1 year ago. Not feeling great about this brand.

  • Keith Pritchett says:

    I have a Harbor Breeze fan that I installed two years ago. Within the last month, the lights started flickering and at times, will not even illuminate. The fan works without a problem. I have checked grounding wire and live wires…no issues.

    Do I need to replace the light kit or is there another way to re-wire?

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • eva says:

    The problem i have is when i turn on the wall switch the light flicks on real quick & then it goes right back off. what do i do?

  • Tiffany says:

    My Harbor Breeze fan has a remote, and the speeds of the high setting are low, even when I pull the ceiling fan on the highest setting – Why is this fan speed so low – Its HOT!! Is the little black switch has something to do with it – its at the down setting…
    Thanks.

  • sam perez says:

    I also have a harbor breeze ceiling fan. Has been working excellent for around 8 months and recently the lights have started to flicker. Now the lights will not work at all. But fan works fine. Any solutions?

  • Sarah says:

    First off can I say that it would be so helpful, if the answers to everyones lighting problems could be seen by everyone. This would make it so they can get a quick and easy explanation without having to email and wait on a response. Second, I have two Harbor Breeze fans and both of the lighting units have become so dim that they no longer put out any light. I’ve replaced the batteries on the remote, replaced the light bulbs and checked the wires and have resorted to emailing to find a solution. Since these fans are a little pricey, I’m not wanting to replace them with something else and be out of the money that I’ve spent.
    And, Please consider answering concerned questions publicly.. It seems like a lot of people have a lighting issue
    Thank you

    • Kevin M says:

      I agree, I have a problem with the light. It turns on then goes right off? I can’t get a straight answer either, very frustrating , all solutions should be in the public domain since so many are having this problem. I still have the original light that came with the crosswinds 52, do not want to buy a light package if it is only a receiver or capacitor that is the problem, Thank you Sarah for voicing what we all want, answers we can see!

  • Gee says:

    How to replace lite bulb in ceiling fan. It might sound ridiculous, but I have no idea how to remove the bulb from the cylinder. Can someone please help me. I depend on part of the fan light to light up my kitchen. Any help would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you
    Gee

  • shannon says:

    Same as a few people here. Lights stuck on. What’s the fix?

    • cathie stevens says:

      The light on our Harbor Breeze ceiling fan is stuck on. Will not turn off with remote control at all. Both light and fan do turn off when the wall switch is turned off. What is wrong and what can I do to correct the problem?

  • Andrea says:

    We just built our house and moved into in April. I ordered identical ceiling fans for my two daughters and the builder used a licensed electrician to install them. I had already been into my oldest daughter’s room to replace light bulbs. Tonight she came to me and told me that the light kept shutting off in her room. The fan and the light have their separate pull chains as well as separate light switches. I replaced both light bulbs with new light bulbs but after a few minutes of waiting I was left sitting in the dark. It is after hours so I will have to call the toll free number in the morning.

  • Robert says:

    I am having the same issue as others on the site. My fan works fine, but my lights are not working. I took apart the black box and the circuit board seems to have been charred. Is there a way that I can bypass this box, and if not what part can I purchase to fix the fan.

  • Lou says:

    I have a new home and there are four Harbor Breeze fans installed. Two of them have an annoying ‘click’ sound. It’s not a consistent ‘beat’; it’s frequent and loud enough to keep you awake at night. We use the fans only in the heat of the summer for about 2-3 months so they haven’t been used that often. The ‘click’ sound just began on the second fan (in our bedroom which is why I just noticed it).

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Lou

  • Bill K says:

    I purchased the Harbor Breeze 52″ Dubois Brushed Copper Ceiling Fan and Light Kit ( model # E-DM52BCP5CS) two years ago. Looks great and has supplied need lighting in our breakfast nook. Recently, turned the wall switch on, heard a pop, smelled electrical burning and the lights failed. Took light apart and found wires connecting to Model no. 98480X, part no. 98480-09 burnt and the plastic casing melted. I want to find a replacement light, but can’t find one. Like the color and style, but is it worth trying to replace or even replacing the whole fan and light? Help!!!

  • Paul says:

    My light kit is also messing up. When I turn on my lights they come on and immediately shut off like there is an overload or a short. What do I need to do to fix this problem?

  • jim says:

    Same problem. I have multiple Harbor Breeze Ceiling fans. I recently purchased some light kits but no power is getting to the light kit wires. I have not remotes so I am wondering if that may also be a related problem.

  • Andrea says:

    I posted a few posts above. On July 7th my youngest daughter came to me. Her fan was working but now her light was malfunctioning as well. Lowes.com did not approve the first review I submitted of the Harbor Breeze fan. I have taken to facebook to relieve some of my frustration over the situation. Lowe’s called me this evening to tell me that my electrician who wired other fans made by other companies must be incompetent and have wired the two fans that were made by Harbor Breeze, incorrectly. I was instructed to call him back out to check over his work. I replied to the Lowe’s man on the phone that I could call another electrical company and they could confirm to me what I already now, that something is defective in the fans. He replied that if there were known defects, Harbor Breeze would issue a recall.

  • Giselle Marks says:

    My ceiling fan has two lights – circular one above, halogen (I think) in the lower dome-shaped part. Fan blades are between the two. It was in the house when we moved in 6 years ago. The lights no longer turn on with the remote, so I was thinking I just need to replace the rc unit. The light is mounted on a very high ceiling, so I would appreciate advice before I get a scaffold put up to get to it. Also, what remote units are available for units with two lights?
    And yes, public replies to the questions asked would be very helpful, and would avoid many repeat questions!

  • sue says:

    i have the same problem as most of the people on this site. the harbor breeze fan/light with the fan working and the light is not….what should be done? a whole new fan/light or should the light kit be replaced? Why is this happening?
    Please any help is greatly appreciated!

  • Mike Campero says:

    I seem to be having the same problem that everyone else is having. My fan is working, but the lights are not. Can someone contact me with possible solutions or a way to get a replacement light kit?

    Mike

  • peggy bishop says:

    in 2011 I purchased 4 harbor breeze ceiling fans from Lowes all the same.. the chain to turn on lights stop working after a years and now the stupid lights blink off and on .What’s so bad is all these people writing in with the same problem and you don’t want to replace our ceiling fans, there not cheap fans.. and should last longer than 2 years.. To me you’re not a company to stand behind your work..I’m make a report to better business and to the government for a accident waiting to happen, the electric company that came out said get rid of the fan because everything else checked out good… Can’t believe you don’t care if we get our fan fixed or not..thanks

  • Reid says:

    Can you remove the black box and hard wire your lights directly?

  • Carol says:

    I have a Meriden Ceiling Fan that I cannot get the push-in bulbs out of. I have had several maintenance techs try to get the bulbs out and they were not success either. How do I get the bulbs out?

  • Dave says:

    I purchased a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan and installed it about a year ago. Everything worked fine, but recently the lights are going off on their own. The fan works fine and the bulbs and remote don’t appear to be the issue. I turn on the light switch and the lights go on for a few seconds, then they just go out. I can repeat the process but the result remains the same. The same goes for the pull chain. The problem just began last week out of nowhere. Nothing hit the unit, no power problems in the house. Please advise.

  • melani says:

    I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan..unsure of the model number. I’ve had it for a while. It’s beautiful however I never get to use the lighting because the canister type brushed nickel casing seems to get extremely hot, to the point of being able to smell it. I got it on sale years ago, which probably means it’s discontinued and I’ve changed the bulbs several times. Anyone have a suggestion ?

  • Michele says:

    The remote control to our harbor breeze fan has recently experienced water damage and will no longer work. I am able to control the fan via the light switch and the pull string, but I cannot get the light to turn on. Will a replacement remote control solve the issue, or do we need to re-wire the fixture?

  • Tim says:

    My harbor breeze light kit quit working. Fan works fine. Took light kit apart and unplugged and inspected connections. Bulbs are the original that came with the fan. Reconnected everything and now the bulbs all flash together. There is no dimmer or remote control nor is there a wattage governor. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • Neith08 says:

    My lights stopped working on the Harbor Breeze 52 In. Crosswinds. The fan still works, but no lights. I’ve replaced the bulbs and that doesn’t seem to be working. Looks like other folks have similar issues. Please advise.

    • Albert says:

      I am looking for replacement bulbs for my ceiling fan. Anybody knows where I can get them?? Lowes, Home Depot and others that I have tried, do not have them. Let me know if someone has bought them and where. Thanks

  • Steve says:

    The light kit stopped working. I believe the 3-way switch is the problem. I am looking for a replacement part. Lowe’s has the switch but not the square plug-in connector that connects to the fan. Is there some place that i can order this part.

    Thanks

  • rick says:

    mine is a three blade unit with light and remote. it turns the light on by itself! I’ll see the light back on through a window and ask every,one in my family who left it on, only to turn it off and have it turn itself on again. with all the posts about light NOT working, how did I get one that turns back on by itself? does anyone get any response from the manufacturer? are these things just expensive junk?

  • Ryan says:

    Need a replacement globe for Harbor Breeze 52-Inch Avian Ceiling Fan

  • Mag says:

    Hello everyone, I had all the same light problems you all describe. I fixed very easily by removing wattage governor, the black box with the chipboard. Light and fan work perfect now. Only took a few minutes and a couple tools and a wire nut. Best of luck, they are nice fans to have.

  • Dave says:

    had problem with light going off after about 1 second … reset main panel breaker for 2 minutes and then it worked fine ….not sure how this is different from flipping the wall switch off fo two minutes????

  • Dave says:

    You’re kidding me ! Well over 67 people with the same problem and NO ONE on this forum has offered a solution ? I too have the same thing happening to my three Harbor Breeze fans. It’s frustrating to not be able to find anything on the internet about these fans. Lowe’s just laughed at me when I complained. I heard a “click” when the lights went out so I took the cover off the light kit and held onto the two little black boxes inside. Sure enough one of them started getting HOT, went “click” and out went the lights.The one with three wires and circuit board inside was the culprit. I couldn’t find this replacement part because I have no idea what it’s called. If Anyone can help me with the solution to this problem I would GREATLY appreciate it. E-mail me at getridofit56@yahoo.com and let me, along with ALL these others, know what’s going on Thanks, Dave

  • Geoff says:

    Why would any company have a support blog in which answers to problems were not posted? This is the concept of the forum. If there are any answers being provided in some fashion I ask the mystery support people to contact me. Same problem as many above. No lights, fan works, bulbs good and correct, reset breaker for 2 minutes…no luck.

  • Sam says:

    Same problem. Lights won’t work. How do we fix it?

  • Gus Haug says:

    I have a light kit that needs to be replaced. Where can I order the replacement part? I went to Lowe’s but they didn’t have the kit that I need to match the fan. Please advise.

  • Sam says:

    You need to take out the black circuit box inside the light kit and bypass it. Problem solved. This worked for me.

  • Deerslayer says:

    Ok, I had the same problem with my Harbor Breeze light kit as most of you, I turned on the light one day and got a pop, flash and then no light. Here is how I fixed it step by step:

    I pulled the light kit off and inside found a black box with three wires (blue, white, black) marked on my fan as Chungear Industrial, Model no MS80A that contained a circuit board which was burned out. The black wire connects to the pull switch for the lights, the blue supplys power from the wiring harness connector and the white connects to the rest of the ground (-) wires coming from the sockets. This looks like a relay, Chungear’s site labels it a wattage govenor and I don’t know why it was used in this application. Is there an electrical engineer in the house?

    Anyway, clip the wires then remove the white completely from the wire nut connecting it with the other white wires or tape it off. Then connect the blue and black wires with a wire nut and let there be light!

    I promise to update this post if this fix results in fire or electrocution.

  • Gar says:

    Question Have 2 Harbor Breeze 52″ light kit no remote. Lights r dim. Thinking resistance has to be in the light switch on fan. If this is true can I just wire around switch?

  • Shawn Fernandez says:

    Lights are inoperable on my 52″ HB Southlake Bronze. I have tried all the aforementioned remedies. What is the remedy that works HB CUSTOMER SUPPORT? I will post this problem with your product on facebook as well in order to reach a broader audience in gaining help. Your swift reply is requested. Yes I do have my receipt still.

  • James Bolam says:

    Halogen Bulb doesn’t work It is a F2. Would like to replace it but no one carries it

  • Rob says:

    I have the same issue as just about everyone on here. The fan is fine but no lights. I have removed the black box and circuit board but, is this the issue? Can I get a replacement for this part? Also with some suggestion that you bypass it, what is the risk in doing that? Thanks for your time.

  • Joe says:

    Same problem. fan works light does not. I have 4 of these fans and 3 of them have the same problem. Is there a video on how to access the black box and bypass it? I am not electronically inclined. Moreover I rent the house and want to make sure I don’t do anything that would damage the fans any further.

  • Terry Long says:

    fan light flickered,would go out and then come back on
    and then stopped work’n all together. Did what was suggested,
    removed black relay box and rewired. Light works, Happy,Happy,
    Happy!!! I have just one question,why was the light designed to
    have “the black relay box” and is it safe to use the light with out it ?
    just ask’n,don’t want to be standing out side my house in my under ware
    at 2am watch’n the fireman put the fire out and the fire marshall tell’ me he thinks it started in the dinning room fan light

  • Terry Long says:

    Did what was suggested,
    removed black relay box and rewired. Light works, Happy,Happy,
    Happy!!! I have just one question,why was the light designed to
    have “the black relay box” and is it safe to use the light with out it ?
    just ask’n,don’t want to be standing out side my house in my under ware
    at 2am watch’n the fireman put the fire out and the fire marshall tell’ me he thinks it started in the dinning room fan light

  • Matt says:

    My ceiling fan’s lights one day flcikered on then off. It stayed off. I fixed it by bypassing the small black box with the circut board in it. Connected the black and blue wires, blocked off white wire with a wire net and taped the other end together with some electrical tape. After, it worked fine.

  • Tom sadowski says:

    Ok. Everyone pay attention. If your fan lights are not working and they worked in the past and the bulbs are good, here is your solution.
    Turn off the power to the unit. Open the bottom compartment where the switch and bulb sockets are attached, and find the little black box with the three wires coming out of it. Cut the three wires close to the box and remove the box from the unit.
    Strip a bit of insulation off thr red and blue wires, and twist the together securely. Cap them with a wire nut or sime electrical tape although tape is sort of a sub standard job. Next, either cap the white wire, or cut it very short next to the wire nut that holds all of the other white wires together.
    Reassemble yor light/fan without the black box and give it a try. Should work fine.
    The black box has a fuse and power relay and some other circuitry that I’m sure is suppose to add a measure of safety but there is obviously some design fault here. Force it open and you may find that it is charred inside. For years fans were made without these black boxes. I suggest you put them in an envelope and send them back to the company.
    Good luck to you all.

    • Meg says:

      THANK YOU Tom Sadowski! We had the “light flicker” and then the lights stopped working at all. We had tried everything. We replaced the bulbs. We replaced the switch in the light kit. We bought a new light kit that Lowe’s said would fit, but it was clearly too small. PLUS, it wouldn’t have fixed the problem. Removed the black box and bypassed it and – Hallelujah – we have light for first time in two years! I was curious and opened the box but didn’t see obvious signs of damage or short circuiting. Still, it fixed the problem.

      Since no one else has posted about doing this and then burning their house down, I’m going to assume it’s safe :)

    • scott says:

      Thank you Tom!! Works like a charm now!!

  • Donna says:

    We purchased Harbor Breeze 52 in. Crosswinds fan model #00264 about a year ago. Recently the light started to shut off on its own after being on for about a minute or so. Turn the power off and on the light comes back on and then off again. The fan seems to work just fine. The remote seems to work just fine. I hear a click just before the light goes out. My daughter and son inlaw had issues with the same fan and just took out the receiver box and rewired direct. Took care of the problem for them using no remote. I would really like to continue using the remote. Any idea what is wrong?

  • Josh says:

    Got a different twist: light works, fan doesn’t.

    When I pull the fan cord, you can hear the motor humming, but nothing happens. I don’t know what to do.

  • Liba says:

    Since I bought and had my ceiling fan/light (with remote) installed I’ve had some issues with the light. My immediate one now is that I can get the fan to go on but not the light. The last time I turned off the light was last night – using the remote – now I can’t get the light to turn on regardless of what I try. There also have been times I the past when I’ve had to keep playing with pushing the remote. Turin before the light would go on.
    I am not an electrician and have no clue how to get this working.

  • Paul says:

    I ordered a replacement box CBB61 on amazon.com for $5. I’ll let you know it works. http://www.amazon.com/Amico-Ceiling-Capacitor-CBB61-450VAC/dp/B008DEZHT4/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1THAZDOWP300U.
    I will also try cutting the Box out of the wiring. In my lighting kit the black box only has to two wires coming out of it white (assume is earth) and red (assume is live. Guessing the red needs to be attached directly to the black wire that goes down to where the light bulb pull chain box is. If you don’t see me repost, then probably shouldn’t copy above -:) I will repost when if the rewiring works with two wire box (vs the more common 3 wire boxes already mentioned). Also will repost if replacement box CBB61 resolves lighting issue. As with everyone else, the fan still works.

  • Heather says:

    @ Donna, my husband and I have the same fan as you. We had the same problem, lights just wouldn’t work anymore. See Tom’s post above yours! He was exactly right and we still are able to use the remote.
    1) cut power off at electrical box
    2) Open the light housing (mine was white)
    3) locate small black box inside with 3 wires coming of it (mine were red, blue, white
    4) cut all 3 wires loose
    5) cap off the white one by itself
    6) twist the red and blue (slightly stripped) wires together and cap off with a wire nut.
    7) put light housing back together, turn on power and lights (may need to pull the chain)

  • Mike in FL says:

    I have a harbor breeze ceiling fan with light kit that is giving me problems. Lights quit working followed by the smell of burnt electronics. Took the light kit apart to find a fried circuit board labeled “Model No. MS80A”. Is it possible to find this part? Lowes Doesn’t have it. What does it do? Thanks

  • Ralph Kirkland says:

    I removed the black box, rewired, and the light still blinks. Any suggestions?

  • Larry Pierce says:

    I have a ceiling fan with a light kit attached. A few months ago the lights stopped working. I took down the light kit and smelled fried circuits. I replaced one of the capacitors that had 5 wires, since i read online that was probably the problem, and it still didn’t work. Then i noticed the 2nd black box with 2 blue wires was melted underneath. I do not know where to get a replacement or how to fix it. Should I remove it? If so, do i just connect the wires together or leave them apart? The diagram on the black box says “AC IN L” on one wire “AC IN N” on the second and shows the picture of what looks like a light where they meet.

  • sean says:

    I just had my Harbor light fixture go out. After reading up from website I cut out relay black box to light fixture and wired directly to white and red or blue wire. It fixed the problem immediately. Hopefully this will answer all unanswered questions on chat

  • Dustin says:

    I have a Harbor Breeze Lansing (#0176493). I am experiencing a similar issue as most, if not all, of the customers in this forum, but slightly different. when I turn the fan lights on (from the switch) the lights will come on but will turn off at random times. Also If I use the pull chain to turn the fan blades on/off, the lights will go off, some time it takes two pulls, some times it takes one, no pattern?

  • James says:

    I have two of the Crosswinds model. I changed the light bulbs in one of the fans from the 40 watt bulbs that came with the fan to 7W equivalent CFL hoping for a little brighter light (as we have done this with others and been successful) and the lights quit working. I took the light system off and connected it to the other fan that I have and it works. The problem obviously is not the light set, but something with the wiring in the fan to the power source. The troubleshooting manual that comes with the fan says it has a limiter that if you used more than a combined equivalent of 180 watts the light system will stop working and then you can install lower wattage bulbs. Based on my experience and everything listed on this forum, I would say there is a bigger issue at hand.

  • Joy C Bowers says:

    We have two Harbor Breeze fans that are identical. The one in the bedroom went out and now the one in my office is doing the same thing. At first the the lights dim and then get bright then they flash bright then dim – all this without any tampering by our part. First the lights did this then the light quit working altogether but the fan continued to work. Finally, the entire fan doesn’t work -
    no light no fan. We finally had to replace the bedroom fan because my husband
    could not figure out what the problem seemed to after taking it apart. If we
    can fix the current malfunctioning fan and light we could save time and money – any ideas? Both fans have a remote – we tried changing the battery in the
    remote but this didn’t help either – Many thanks – We love all our Harbor Breeze fans and have four of them – Joy Bowers

  • Jeff peterson says:

    We went to Lowes and got a universal light kit replacement for harbor breeze. (My wife doesn’t like the multi light with flower shaped glass.) The problem is that ours had 3 way switch and speed controller with several wires. The HarborBreeze light has a multi wire plug and the replacement kit only has a couple of wires (white black ground). Plus it did not have a secondary control for the fan (no forward reverse switch, no chain). If these are universal, they reduce the functionality of the fan and light. We’re taking them all back. (got 3). Plus, not sure I like the fan chain going through the side of the white dome…

  • Kirby Logan says:

    I (installer), recently installed the 52″ Centerville Fan, Model 40118, item #403518, for a customer. We had previously returned another one prior to this one due to lack of parts. The fan had been returned to Lowe’s by a previous buyer. We noticed one of the light kit screws, (GG), had been boogered up pretty bad where they had attempted to remove as per instructions. Additionally, we noticed the same screw on the unopened box could NOT be removed! We installed the light kit with the remaining two screws, placing the light kit housing over the screw we could NOT remove. Harbor Breeze has a SERIOUS credibility problem here, not to mention the seller, Lowe’s as well. After reading all the problems on this web site, I would NOT purchase one, nor would I recommend it to anyone either.

  • Abi Gordon says:

    Hello, fan and lights worked perfectly for about a year and then recently whenever I flip the switch, the lights will turn on for a few seconds and then shut off while the fan keeps going. There is no buzzing sound and electricity flows fine to the fan. How can I fix this?

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