Introduction: Repairing a Hunter Fan Remote Control

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This is a Hunter UC7848. Even if your remote doesn't look exactly like this one, they work on the same principle.

When the buttons on your fan remote control stop responding, or intermittently working. It is very frustrating that the Fan On button works, but the Fan Off button stops responding and there is no way to turn the fan off. . This occurs because the contacts inside the remote are dirty. Once cleaned, the remote responds with featherlight touch.

A new remote costs $32.00 plus shipping. but you can fix it in 15 minutes with tools you have around the house.

Step 1: Opening the Remote

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After removing the battery cover and the 9v battery, use a small, thin, philips screwdriver to undo the two screws that hold the cover together, and remove the back cover.

Step 2: Removing the Circuit Board

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The board is being held in place with one phillips screw (two actually, the other one is also holding the back cover). Remove the board and flip it over.

Notice how dirty the contacts are.

Step 3: Cleaning the Contacts

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Use a pencil eraser to rub the contacts clean. The eraser will collect the carbon gunk from the contacts.

Use a cotton swab with some rubbing alcohol to clean the contacts. repeat until the swab comes up clean.

Step 4: Cleaning the Contact Makers (buttons)

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Use a swan with alcohol to clean the black points. Those are made of carbon and rubber and take a while to clean.

Step 5: Assemble

Place the clean board in the body of the remote.

Replace and tighten the screw that holds the board.

put the back cover on the remote and tighten the two screws that holds it in place.

connect the 9v battery and replace the battery cover.

You are done.


debgo328 (author)2017-10-02

This is such good advice- I hope you could help w/ my issues: 3 hunter fans- all 3 remotes broken: On 2 remotes- when removing 9-volt battery to change it, wire that battery gets attached to ripped in 1/2; 3rd remote- it works, but the plastic case itself is cracked in front. This causes Light, & Hi & Lo Fan buttons to get stuck in the pushed-in position often. HELP.

unitasnow2throw (author)2017-09-07

Carbon copy of Nicole's reply. (throw it out, it's old and not worth the effort) WRONG! The solution worked like a charm. Thanks so much!!!!!! Sorry I took the advice of a Hunter rep years ago, and replaced a older fan, when this was the fix all along.

PMBHK made it! (author)2016-11-07

Thank you for the clear instructions. I have a problem opening my remote as there only seems to be 1 screw & I can't manage to open it up, beyond a mm where the screw was. Can you make any suggestions? I'm concerned I may break the casing trying to force it open with a screw driver... Previously when the light function has stopped working I have had an electrician come out and he too just cleaned it - so I'm sure it must be possible to open it up, but I didn't see how he did it..

nicole burton (author)PMBHK2017-08-15

One of my two screws was hidden under a label.

nicole burton made it! (author)2017-08-15

OMG, I did it! After much procrastination, I called the lighting/fan store and they said, "replace the fan, it's cheap and not worth replacing the remote." Your instructions and photos were perfect. The dirty connection in my photo corresponds to the light dimmer control that wasn't working, and now it's working great. Thank you so much.

karlosboutros (author)2017-07-01

worked for my Ellington wall control (unresponsive light switch). Tip: take pics as you go along, makes reassembly easier.

Madhunter (author)2017-05-21


I used these steps on two fans that appeared to ready for replacement

great help

ohionomad (author)2017-04-29

Big thanks from me as well. Saved me $30 on a new remote!

KarenV60 (author)2017-04-18

Wow, THANK YOU! I'm a beginner handygal so thought I'd give it a shot before i spent $35, since sticker info wore off. Very easy process, worked great! Our 23yo remote didnt have nearly as much gunt as your picture, but again, worked great and I feel so accomplished! lol Thanks again!

Big Mikel (author)2017-02-21

Perfect! I replaced a faulty remote years ago. Recently, the replacement started getting iffy. In addition to repairing the replacement, I was able to bring the old remote back from the dead. (I don't throw anything away) Now we have a fan/light remote for each side of the bedroom, and I'm going to tackle the dining room tomorrow. It's not a Hunter, but what have I got to lose? Thanks so much.

seamster (author)2014-12-05

Great tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to share this!

JohnP577 (author)seamster2016-11-20

Hi: I took the remotes off the main switch on the wall and flipped the wall switch off and on a couple times and both remotes began working properly.

shdittman (author)2016-10-02

I think I love you.

Katemarie031 (author)2016-01-14

I have hunter fans in almost every room. in one bedroom the remote works only on the fan. For some reason it no longer works for the light but I can still turn the light on with the pull chain. In the other bedroom it was working fine. I went to change a burned out bulb and as I was unscrewing it it blew out and broke. I should have turned the light out first. Not the remote not longer works for the light in that room either. I still can turn the light on with the chain in that room also. I don't understand why the light still works but no longer works with the remote. I was thinking it is a damaged light kit but if it is damage then why can I still turn it on with the chain. The remote will work on another fan as I have already tried it! Help please!

MichaelS924 (author)Katemarie0312016-07-25

I have the same problem as KateMarie031 above. When I turned on the light with the remote, a bulb blew out. Now the light will not respond to the remote but it does work with the chain. Great tutorial for cleaning the remote contacts but that doesn't seem to be the problem that we are having. Anyone have another suggestion?

jmiller92027 (author)2016-07-22

Thank you! My 82 year old Dad and I were ready to give up and buy a whole new fan. WE have battled with the remote for about a year now. Today it finally gave up. YOUR directions were simple and easy to follow.

DaleM47 (author)2016-06-21

How easy was that fix? Thanks. Just saved me $27 for a new remote!!!!!!!

bigbri66 (author)2016-05-08

Worked like a champ,thanks

roccaways (author)2016-04-01

THANK YOU. This worked great. I haven't been able to use the light portion of my fan for almost two years. Opening it up wasn't very hard. The contact wasn't even very dirty, but once cleaned it works great again!

prc5 (author)2016-03-08

The eraser makes a huge difference. All the buttons work, but when I press 1, 2, 3 or fan off, they all work the light and the fan won't go on. I've used every combination of numbered switches in the remote, but the fan is dead. Any ideas?

HammerHands (author)2016-03-04

Son of a gun, it works now! Thought the whole fan was going to have to be replaced but you saved me a bunch of money with easy to follow steps. I was surprised when the fan came on, then I felt really good about it. Thanks!

Looking for my next repair with a whole bunch of confidence!

CarolynC26 (author)2016-02-15

thanks for the help!! I cleaned the control just like you said, now works Google as new

LauraW70 (author)2016-01-25

Excellent advice!! Followed it to the letter and it worked like a charm. My remote now works like it's brand new! Thanks!

GailG11 (author)2016-01-08

Hope you still monitor this site. You saved me more than $150 as quoted by Casablanca for parts alone. And since I live along and don't climb ladders to a cathedral ceiling, would have had to pay someone. It isn't even a fan/light that I use very often in a guest room. THank you so very much.

ariearie (author)GailG112016-01-08

I'm glad people find this helpful, thanks for the feedback..

Grsol (author)2015-11-15

Thank you for this! It totally worked.we were ready to go out and buy new ceiling fans.whoever posted these instructions is a super hero!

ariearie (author)Grsol2015-11-15

Cool! :)

boboedwards (author)2015-11-09

This was great!!! After contacting Hunter and being informed the remote And parts were no longer available, this Fixed It! Thank you for saving our fan!!!

bugski38 (author)2015-11-04

This was AWESOME thank you!! My light wouldn't turn on anymore, was driving me nuts ... Followed your instructions and it works like it did new! I couldn't find a link to replace the remote anywhere, and now with this amazing tutorial I fixed the problem, and I have a link to buy the replacement if needed.

miinstruct (author)2015-10-03

it's amazing what one can find in the internet ... thanks for sharing it.

ElizabethR22 (author)2015-10-01

Worked for one, but not another. Might have to replace the circuit board and contacts.

Sgt.S (author)2015-04-19

Spot on! The remote control is almost too good now. Glad I found this post.

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