My Hunter Ceiling Fan is not working

Has your Hunter ceiling fan stopped working, and you have no idea why? Starting from scratch and attempting to figure out why your fan will not turn on can be a difficult and challenging experience. Where do you start, in terms of the troubleshooting process? This step by step article provides a general troubleshooting guide for Hunter ceiling fans.

Is there power being delivered to the ceiling fan?

The first thing to check, is there power going to the fan? While this may seem trivial, we need to rule this out initially as a concern. Is there a breaker tripped in the electrical panel? One way to tell if there is power to the fan, is if there are lights on the fan and they are working. If the fan has no lights then you can skip this step as you won’t be able to check this. However, if the fan does have lights and they don’t turn on, and the fan does not turn on either, there may be no power going to the fan. Try flipping the breaker that controls the fan’s circuit on and off.

Note: Make sure you always turn the power off to the fan from the breaker before working on any live wires!

If still there’s no power to the fan after this, try checking if there are any wires that came loose in the box that holds the fan to the ceiling. This mounting box typically will have a live wire and a ground wire. Live wires are usually red or orange and black wires are generally ground. If you don’t know which wires are live or not, you can purchase a toning tool which will tell you when you are working with a live wire. This is especially useful when you aren’t sure if you have turned off the right circuit breaker or not. This happens sometimes – maybe you’ve purchased a new home recently, and it didn’t have the breaker panels labelled. You may have to start adding labels yourself, or have an electrician come over and test all the switches to make sure they work properly. Again, you can tell if there is a live circuit (or “hot” wire) by using a toner probe.

Inside of the ceiling fan housing, you may find wiring that looks like this. Mind you, this is a bit of a rat’s nest – so hopefully yours is not this bad. Red wires are generally positive or “hot,” with black wires being ground.

If you’re still stumped, you could have a direction switch problem. In the fan housing, you should find a direction switch. It controls the fan going between forwards and backwards. Try changing the switch back and forth a couple of times, to see if that enables the fan to start moving.

Troubleshooting Ceiling Fan Remotes & Dip Switch Issues

If you’re using a ceiling fan remote to operate the fan, make sure the dip switches are set correctly. Dip switches are what sets the frequency between the fan remote and the fan itself. You need to make sure the dip switches are set correctly. Is it possible they were recently tampered with? Maybe the kids were playing with the remote – these things do happen!

If the remote is not working – have you also tried the pullchain that starts the motor? It’s unlikely both the remote and the dip switches have both stopped working at the same time. Pullchains can stop working sometimes too, if someone has completely ripped on the chain and broken it inside. But once again, it’s highly unlikely that the pull chain has been broken and the remote has stopped working, unless you’ve got some very naughty children!

Hunter Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan Review

The Hunter Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan has been selected as one of the top value ceiling fans on .  The cost is very affordable at $108.00. It has a motor warranty that is backed by Hunter – and Hunter has been around for over 125 years, which is the longest standing run
or history of any of the ceiling fan brands on the market today. That’s not something you should ignore or scoff at so easily!

Hunter Builder Deluxe Ceiling Fan

Here’s what the Hunter Builder Deluxe ceiling fan looks like. At $108, it’s quite affordable and comes with a light kit. The only part that does not come standard with the ceiling fan is a remote.

Not only does this fan offer excellent value, but part of that excellent value is also providing a light kit as part of the fan. There are two 60 watt incandescent bulbs included. There are not many other fans where you can obtain such a great bargain on the fan, complete with a light kit and all of the other features. But what are the other features that come with this fan? Here are the additional features.

Hunter Builder Deluxe Features:

  • Fan has reverse setting
  • Fan comes with both 3 inch and 2 inch downrod
  • Pull chains included
  • Whisperwind motor – well known Hunter motor that saves energy
    while providing excellent power
  • 52 inch blade span

The only thing you should be aware of is that the fan
does not come with a remote. It’s a question that gets
asked a lot, and while the fan does provide a lot for a modest price,
it does not provide a remote as part of the purchase

Ceiling fan direction helps lower the cost of heating and cooling

One of the questions that gets asked time and time again, is how does a ceiling fan work in terms of direction. Most ceiling fans can operate in both the clockwise direction and counter-clockwise. In the counter clockwise direction, your fan will blow air straight down during the summer months. As the weather gets hotter, the speed on the fan can be increased in order to move more and more air. As a ceiling fan helps to move cool air, it becomes less and less necessary to run the air conditioning 24/7. This is not a well known fact, and many people continue to run the ceiling fan and the air conditioning constantly on the highest setting, which is not always required. In order to cut down on energy cost, try these energy saving tips in both the summer time and winter time.

Ceiling Fan Direction

This image does an excellent job of describing how ceiling fan direction works, and how a ceiling fan moves air around.

In the winter time, a Hunter ceiling fan should be run at a low speed in the opposite direction – clockwise. When turning clockwise, a ceiling fan will help to move warm air around. It’s not required to run the fan at anything higher than a low speed, as the warm air will get moved around just fine on the lower speeds settings.

How do I adjust the direction of my ceiling fan?

Generally, changing direction of the fan is as simple as pressing a button. Typically there will be a button on your remote that will change the direction of the fan. If you have a wall control for your fan instead, there’s usually a button on the wall remote. If your fan does not have such a button, there may be a pullchain or a button on the ceiling fan housing itself that allows for the fan to turn the other way.

How to Install a Hunter Ceiling Fan Light Kit

So, you’d like to add a light kit to your Hunter Ceiling Fan? Adding a light kit adds light (yes, an obvious statement) but it also adds a sense of decor to a room. A light kit is a useful accessory because now the fan can accomplish both the purpose of providing light in a dark room, as well as cooling (or warming) the room. If you weren’t aware that it’s possible to warm a room with a ceiling fan too, be sure to read more about ceiling fan direction. It’s definitely worth the read.

Before you purchase a Hunter Ceiling Fan Light Kit to mount onto your fan, you’ll want to make sure the light kit you’re buying is compatible. Typically, you can check the compatibility of the light kit with your fan by looking at the product description of the light kit. It’ll say that its compatible with fan models this one, that one, etc. If there’s no details on the light kit as to which fans it’s compatible with, we recommend to hold off on purchase and to peruse other light kits instead. There’s so many out there nowadays that it makes sense to do your research before going ahead and committing to a purchase.

Installing a Hunter Ceiling Fan Light Kit – Step by Step:

  1. The first and likely most important part, is to ensure that power is turned off to the fan. That does not mean simply to turn off the switch on the wall – you need to turn the power off at the breaker. You can double check the power is off by trying to turn the fan on.
  2. The next step is to check for the housing assembly. It’s usually hidden underneath a cover in the middle of the fan. Remove the middle plate to expose the wiring and check for the wires that you need. The wires you are looking for is a black wire and a white wire that are not attached to anything. Look for a wire that is labelled lighting power. If you have both of these wires, you’re good to go!
Hunter Ceiling Fan Light Kit Installation

Here you can see that we’re removing the cover on our Hunter fan in order to check for the right wire colors that we need.

3. Get up there on a ladder, and pull the fan down so that you can work on it. It’s a lot easier to pull the fan down and work on it, then it is trying to install the light kit with it hanging from the ceiling

4. You’ll need to connect the light kit wires first and use wire nuts to keep them in place. Black goes to black, white goes to white.

5. Once the wires are connected, you can physically attach the light assembly to the fan.

6. Once the wires and the light kit are physically connected, you can re-attach any center plates as needed and put the screws back in.

7. If the light kit has any light bulbs, shades or pull chains, you can now finish the installation by attaching these as well.

Hunter Stockbridge Ceiling Fan

An excellent ceiling fan choice, when looking for a larger fan. The Hunter Stockbridge features a 70 inch blade span from tip to tip – elegance, style and … well, a large fan – bundled into one package.

The Stockbridge 70-inch ceiling fan from Hunter gives classic a contemporary twist. This 3 speed Stockbridge is designed to cool large rooms like your great room, where your family spends most of its time. In a traditional style and New Bronze finish with a snowflake scavo glass light bowl it blends seamlessly with any decor. Freshen its look to match a new decorating scheme by reversing the five blades from Walnut to Medium Oak. It’s equipped with Hunter’s patented anti-vibration technology and a unique triangular hanger ball system making it easy to install. The AVT system reduces torque for wobble-free performance while the Whisper Wind high performance motor delivers ultra powerful air movement and ensures quiet operation. An Installer’s Choice three-position mounting system allows this fan to mounted flush, standard, or angled. The Stockbridge can also be installed with or without the light and uses two candelabra bulbs (included).

Offering a contemporary twist to a classic, the Hunter Stockbridge 70-inch ceiling fan (model 55042) is designed to cool large rooms like your great room, where your family spends most of its time. Transitionally styled and designer New Bronze finish and a white snowflake scavo glass light bowl, it blends seamlessly with any decor. Freshen its look to match a new decorating scheme by reversing the five blades from walnut to medium oak.

The ceiling fan’s Installer’s Choice three-position mounting system allows for hanging the fan in a standard, flush, or angled position. Even more, the ceiling fan’s WhisperWind motor helps ensure quiet performance and smooth-running operation. It uses two 60-watt candelabra base incandescent bulbs (included). The Stockbridge can be installed with or without the light.

Dust Armor Nanotechnology Blade Coating

One of the biggest complaints with ceiling fans is having to clean dusty fan blades and the unsightliness of having extremely dusty blades in an otherwise clean home. After years of research, Hunger has formulated a blade coating that helps to repel dust build up through a breakthrough nanotechnology.

Fan blades with Hunter’s Dust Armor blade coating have a layer of nano particles that repel small moisture molecules. Dust particles gather to water molecules and when the density of the dust/water particles is low enough, light air currents blow the combined particle away from the surface.