Hunter Fan Remote Not Working – Troubleshooting Guide

Hunter Fan Remote Not Working
Hunter Fan Remote Not Working – Troubleshooting Guide

There are not too many things that can go wrong with a ceiling fan remote, however, if your Hunter fan remote has stopped working you will want to check out the following solutions to fix this problem.

If your Hunter fan is not responding to the remote, then replace your remote’s batteries and pair the receiver and transmitter to the same frequency. If this does not fix the problem then try setting a different control frequency and check the remotes Infra Red signal strength.

Let’s explain what is involved with this further with a full step-by-step easy procedure to pinpoint the issue and fix the problem.

It is safe to say that most remote control problems are similar between different brands and different models. You may also want to check out our other articles that discuss these other brands here: Ceiling Fan Remote Control Troubleshooting

Please Note: If you are going to do any electrical work on your Hunter ceiling fan then make sure that all power is switched off to the ceiling fan by checking your house circuit breaker.

Why Is My Hunter Fan Not Responding To The Remote?

  1. The first and most obvious answer is to check if the power is turned on to the Hunter ceiling fan. Make sure that the home circuit breaker is on.

    If there is a power surge then it may have disabled the fan by switching off. However, in saying that, if you are going to do any electrical work on your ceiling fan make sure that you do switch off the circuit breaker.
  2. Try turning on the fan using the remote. If the ceiling fan still does not work, and if your fan has pull chains or a wall control, try turning on the ceiling fan with either of these.

    If the ceiling fan does not switch on using either the pull chains or wall control then the problem is not your remote but rather your ceiling fan.
  3. If your Hunter fan worked with the pull chains or wall control then make sure the batteries in the remote are not dead and the battery compartment and/or ‘contact points’ are not corroded.

    If there is corrosion, then remove the batteries and using a Q-Tip with a little vinegar, clean the batteries ‘contact points’.

    You might also want to use a small piece of sandpaper to lightly sand the ‘contact points’. Insert new batteries and try out the remote to see if this has fixed the problem.

    You might want to try the remote closer to the ceiling fan to ensure it is not just a weak signal. If it is a weak signal we will cover that fix soon. You might want to jump to that section below.

After having tried replacing the batteries and ensuring the ceiling fan is actually working you will need to progress to the next steps if the ceiling fan is still not responding to the remote.

Check The Hunter Remote Control Infra Red Signal

  1. If your fan uses infra-red technology, ensure the infra-red lenses are clean. You should find a sending lens on the remote and a receiving lens on the ceiling fan. Wipe them both clean to ensure there is a good communication link.
  2. If the fan still does respond to the remote then you may have a malfunctioning Infra Red light. This can be easily checked using a Smart Phone.

    Digital cameras can detect the Infra Red signal so first open the camera app on your smartphone.

    Next, take your remote control for your Hunter ceiling, and point it toward your camera.

    Press your Hunter remote’s buttons and at the same time look at your phone’s screen.

    You are looking for the light from the remote to appear on your phone’s screen. If you see light appearing on the phone’s screen, this means that the Infra-Red signal from the remote is working.
  3. If you notice that the light appearing on your phone screen stays on even when you are not pressing any buttons, then one of the remote’s keys is stuck. You will need to fix this as it may repeatedly send the same commands.

Please watch the video below to see these steps in action.

Detecting Infra Red Signal Using Smart Phone

If your ceiling fan and remote are still not communicating then you will need to move onto the next steps to ensure they are paired and are set to the same frequency.

How Do I Reset My Hunter Remote

There are three ways to reset your Hunter fan remote using either a pairing button or dip switches.

  1. If your remote has a pairing button on the reverse side, which is exposed by removing the battery cover, then first turn off power to the fan at the switch breaker, turn the power back on, and within 3 minutes of restoring power, press, but do not hold the pair button.

    A beep should indicate successful pairing.

    Please also check out our article: How To Pair A Hunter Fan Remote
  1. If your remote has Dip switches then you will need to ensure the Dip switch settings on your remote match the Dip switch settings on your Hunter ceiling fan. For more details please check out our article: How To Pair a Hunter Fan Remote
How To Pair A Hunter Fan with Dip Switches
Dip Switch locations on Hunter Fan Remote and Receiver
  1. If your remote has no Dip switches and no pairing button then you will need to follow the recommendations in the video below and check out the article: Pairing a Hunter Fan Remote. The article contains a step-by-step guide to pairing your remote without Dip switches or a pairing button.

If after trying all of the above suggestions your remote still doesn’t work, it could be some of the electronics inside the remote or even inside the ceiling fan unit.

You could try replacing the fan remote with another of the same design. It is best to get the same remote from the manufacturer of the ceiling fan brand you are using or a Universal remote that is recognized to work on your ceiling fan. If you need a Universal Remote that will work on the Hunter ceiling fan range then please take a look at Universal Remotes

If these steps don’t resolve your problem, you might require help from a qualified electrician as the issue might be a deeper problem.

Your remote and/or the receiver could need replacing. You might like to check out the information in our article: Hunter Ceiling Fan Replacement Parts for information on how to contact Hunter’s support team. When you reach out to the support team make sure you know your model number. To find your model number please take a look at the video below.

How To Find Your Hunter Ceiling Fan Model Number

You might also be interested in the additional topics below related to your Hunter Fan Remote.

How Do I Reset My Hunter Remote?

Most of the newer Hunter Fan remotes will have a pairing button on the reverse side that will toggle between paired and unpaired.

If your Hunter fan is paired then turn the power off to the fan for at least 10 seconds at the circuit breaker then turn the power back on again.

Within 3 minutes of turning the power on make sure your remote is near the Hunter fan receiver that you want to pair with and press but do not hold the Pair button. (The pair button can be found on the reverse side of the remote. It is exposed by opening the battery compartment)

This will unpair your Hunter ceiling fan. Follow the same steps again to pair your Hunter ceiling fan.

You might also want to check out our article: How To Program A Hunter Ceiling Fan

Why is My Hunter Remote Blue Light On?

There could be a couple of reasons why your Hunter remote blue light stays on. Typically it should only stay on momentarily after pressing one of the remotes keys.

If your Hunter remote blue light stays on then you have a faulty remote or the batteries are dead and need replacing. Another reason the light might stay on is because one of the remote buttons is stuck and is constantly in the pressed position. If this is the case you will need to unstick the button that is at fault.

Here is a full list of what might be causing your Hunter fan remote blue light to stay on.

  • Remote control batteries are weak or dead – Replace Batteries
  • Remote control battery contacts are dirty and need cleaning – Clean Contacts
  • Remote control settings have glitches – Power Cycle the Hunter Fan
  • A faulty remote control unit – Replace Hunter Remote Unit
  • Dip switch settings are incorrectly set on the receiver – Reset Dip Switches
  • Defective receiver – Install New Receiver

Where Is The Dip Switch On A Hunter Fan?

The Hunter fan DIP switches are under the battery compartment on the remote and are on the flat side of the receiver. Please Refer to Figure 1 above.

When making any Dip switch setting changes be sure to remove the battery from the remote and turn off the power to the fan.

How Do I Sync My New Hunter Fan Remote?

To sync your new Hunter Fan Remote please take a look at our article: How To Pair Hunter Fan Remote. Please also take a look at the video below.


These are a few tips and tricks for troubleshooting your Hunter Fan remote. Remember that sometimes a faulty remote might be simply fixed by replacing the batteries. However, this is not always the case and so the above solutions we have discussed should cover most reasons why your Hunter fan remote is not working.

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