Repairing a Hunter Fan Remote Control

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Introduction: Repairing a Hunter Fan Remote Control

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

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

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

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)

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.

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42 Discussions

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ph5466c
ph5466c

6 weeks ago on Introduction

My wife's fingers are bad and she couldn't turn it off and on followed these instructions took me 10 minutes unbelievable.

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wshs1976
wshs1976

6 weeks ago

Brilliant! I can echo all the comments here. I was about to spend $60+ for a new remote. (They don't sell this remote anymore, so I would have to buy the replacement model. To get the original, I could go on eBay and spent $159!) Anyway, the instructions are easy to follow and worked like a charm. This is what makes the internet great--people like YOU (whoever you are!) for taking the time to create this highly instructive tutorial so I can save some money AND put one less thing into a landfill. Like someone else wrote, I am NOT a handy guy, but you made me feel like I was when I gently pushed the button on the remote and the light came on! So great!

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ctheads
ctheads

3 months ago

Thank you for the wonderfully detailed instructions. My circuit board wasn't dirty but I did what you suggested. My issue is that the red LED comes on and stays on - whether pushing any button or not. Battery doesn't last very long. Any Suggestions??

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debs135
debs135

7 months ago

Thanks a million! Here on Coronavirus lockdown, temperatures nearing 100 today and not able to turn on our fan. Found this page, followed directions and now our remote controls works and the fan is on! I really appreciate the pictures and detailed instructions. I'm not a handy person, yet I was able to fix our remote! We will sleep cool tonight! ;)

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Flowbob
Flowbob

12 months ago

Thanks so much on Thanksgiving Weekend! I have three hunter fans that are 25 years old and working great but the remotes were not working well at all. My search before buy attitude found this link and voila! all three remotes working like new in less than 30 minutes.

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PinkJohn
PinkJohn

1 year ago

Thanks for the post! Was just searching the model number to buy a replacement, found this, 5 min later of cleaning it and it's as good as new!

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adriansmom
adriansmom

1 year ago on Step 5

Thanks so much for this information. I thought that my remote was broken. This fixed the problem and saved me from a costly replacement.

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Hogheaven10
Hogheaven10

1 year ago on Step 5

Hey, thanks so much for the tip on cleaning my Hunter Fan remote control. I have the same exact remote as you have pictured here. So easy and took me literally 5 minutes to clean. My remote works great now!! Better than new. My Hunter fan is old but I love it. Thanks again!! :)

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DaveB308
DaveB308

1 year ago

Great tutorial, was about ready to pull the trigger on new remote - BTW - $50+ On amazon and eBay, quick easy fix. Glad I googled repairing it and found this site. Thanks!!

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lindac307
lindac307

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

Followed your instructions, light is working great but I can't get the fan on and the red light on the remote stays on continuously.

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Joshua Combs
Joshua Combs

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

I recently replaced the receiver in the fan, same type of remote. The problem is that the remote will only work if it is basically touching the fan near the light. Any ideas what would cause this? The remote has a new battery.
Thanks in advance!

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MoolB
MoolB

Question 2 years ago on Step 1

Pedestal fan remote sometime it works but not more than 1 feet distance.What may be the problem?

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awiltzius
awiltzius

2 years ago on Introduction

Great job with this , thank you so much, a remote that has been troubling me for weeks was fixed in minutes for free.

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debgo328
debgo328

3 years ago

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.

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unitasnow2throw
unitasnow2throw

3 years ago

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.

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karlosboutros
karlosboutros

3 years ago

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

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Madhunter
Madhunter

3 years ago

Fantastic

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

great help

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ohionomad
ohionomad

3 years ago

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

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KarenV60
KarenV60

3 years ago

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!

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Big Mikel
Big Mikel

3 years ago

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.