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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45 Comments

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EllieL16
EllieL16

5 months ago

Our ceiling fan takes a different type of battery. The fan is about 14 years old. We already had to replace the remote once before. Now we can’t find anyone who sells that remote. Tried cleaning up the remote as instructed here but it still does not work. It is that time of year that we really need the fan working. No one here is handy enough to do what it takes to put a new receiver in the fan. Really miss that thing.😭

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jnfjnf2019
jnfjnf2019

6 months ago

I just wanted to buy a new remote control. But before I did that, I saw this and asked my daughter to try. She cleaned it following your pictures and direction. It's amazing! It worked perfectly now. Just took several minutes, the problem is resolved.

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debgo328
debgo328

4 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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conn500
conn500

Reply 11 months ago

I have the same issue. The black wire came loose. Any idea how to reattach?

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ph5466c
ph5466c

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years 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 3 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 3 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 3 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

3 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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unitasnow2throw
unitasnow2throw

4 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

4 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

4 years ago

Fantastic

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

great help