What Do You Do If you Lose Your Ceiling Fan Remote?

Guess what made it to the list of top 5 items that people lose most often? The Remote control! 

According to proven statistics, the average person will spend about two weeks of his life searching for remote controls. Whether for the television set, the Air Conditioner, disk player, lighting, the fan, or other devices. 

This untrackable lot has a knack for always disappearing at times when they are most needed. So, generally, the event of losing your remote control comes at an alarming frequency. Meanwhile, in some cases, you may find the remote control, at other times you may not. It is very frustrating!

So now, unlike in the time past, ceiling fans are controlled using different methods. While there is the popular pull string control option, other methods of controlling the ceiling fan include Mobile Applications, Wall Switches, and the ceiling fan remote controls. Some people even combine more than one control method to enjoy unlimited access to operate the fan.

However, in this article, we will focus on the use of remote controls and tips for ceiling fan users in situations when the remote control gets missing.

The loss of the ceiling fan remote control is nothing beyond normal. The device is typically small-sized and designed to be carried around the house. Especially in spaces where it is being used. Due to the size, they can easily fit into corners and spaces under the couch, cupboards, and other weird places. All these factors make the ceiling fan remote control highly prone to losses.

The question then is ‘how do you then turn off the already rotating fan, or turn it on?’ This is a popular mix in which people constantly find themselves. For this reason, some users prefer the pull string and wall switch option. Although they do not offer comfort and mobility as the remote control does, you are assured of consistency.

However, it is possible to get the best of both worlds using the ceiling fan remote control. Follow this lineup of actions for insights.

Do These If You Lose Your Ceiling Fan Remote

Option 1: If you realize that you are unable to keep the remote control in visible places, then explore the option of combining other control methods with the remote control.

  • Get a mobile application. Thanks to recent innovations, you can have your ceiling fan, and Air Conditioners connected to your mobile phones. This helps to solve the issue of frequently lost remote controls. fanSync is an example of such mobile apps. It gives you control of your air conditioner and ceiling fan on your Android device.
  • Explore the option of the pull string control. To do this, simply remove the fan receiver and connect the fan directly to the house wiring. With this, the pull switch becomes effective. Then attach a string to the pull switch to augment the height required to reach the pull switch in the fan’s motor module. Having attached the pull string to the switch, you can then operate the fan with the pull chain/string.

Option 2: If the rate at which you lose your remote control is not so frequent, then you can opt for a replacement of the remote control. This doesn’t cost so much. Just buy a new remote and make a reset of the dip switches.

To reset the new remote, start by turning off the ceiling fan. Use the remote for this, then give a 30-second wait period, then turn on the power. During the 30-seconds waiting period, long-press the off button on the fan. Do this for ten seconds.

Note that the reset does not affect the Power On/ Off function of the remote. It only helps to sync the frequency and speed of the fan with the control of the remote.

Now, ensure that the remote matches the pattern on the receiver inside the fan. Once properly done, the new remote will function exactly like the lost one.

How To Reduce The Rate Of Ceiling Fan Remote Control Losses

  1. Buy remote controls that have wall casings. The wall-casing feature minimizes the rate of remote loss. Although it may take a while to get used to the casing pockets, once you are settled into the culture, you may never lose your remotes again.
  2. Have designated areas for keeping your remote control. Statistics revealed that 49% of the time, remotes are tucked away in the couch, 8% in the drawers, another 8% in the bathroom (awkward right?) 4% of the time in the freezer, and for a tiny 2% of the time, they are somewhere outside. Finding designated areas will help you to streamline the remote search spots. 

In conclusion, it is possible to escape the stinging and frustrating feeling of the uncanny disappearance of the ceiling fan remote control. Remote controls always manage to disappear. All of the methods listed above will save the day.

Charles John

Experienced HVAC technician with 8 years of experience in the industry. Capable of handling all sorts of heating and cooling equipment as well as proficient in operational management, construction-related techniques such as preventative maintenance, electrical troubleshooting and AutoCAD

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