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.

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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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37 Discussions

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PinkJohn

6 months 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

6 months 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

8 months 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

8 months 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

Question 10 months 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

Question 11 months 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

Question 1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

2 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

2 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

2 years ago

Fantastic

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

great help

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ohionomad

2 years ago

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

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KarenV60

2 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

2 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.

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JohnP577seamster

Reply 2 years ago

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.

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shdittman

2 years ago

I think I love you.

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Katemarie031

3 years ago

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!

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MichaelS924Katemarie031

Reply 3 years ago

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?