A Harbor Breeze remote is one of the most sought after replacement parts. We’re not just talking about Harbor Breeze remotes either, but remotes in general. They’re easy to lose, and they also just stop working sometimes. However, if you are having a remote problem, you should go through all of the troubleshooting first.
The troubleshooting includes the following:
- Checking the batteries – most common problem and first thing to check
- Checking to make sure the dip switches on the remote are also lined up with the same dipswitch pattern as the fan. Dipswitches are how the fan and remote are set to communicate on the same frequency.
- Did you check the instructions that came with your fan to determine if there is any other special programming required?
A remote generally has three speed settings, and two directions: reverse and forward. These are basic commonalities that apply to most fans and remotes. This also applies to wall remotes as well; the same basic functions govern all of these remotes.
To operate the dimmer on the remote, just hold down the light button. The light kit will dim up or down. Depending on which remote you have, there may be a reset button within the remote. If you are having problems, or it’s a new fan, turn the power on and press the reset button. Hold it down until the light comes on and the fan goes to medium speed.
If you have multiple fans, it’s possible they can develop a conflict with the remote. You may need to reprogram each fan, until the conflict is removed.
Universal Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan Remotes
If you cannot find the part number for the remote that matches up to your fan, then you may need to start looking at using a universal remote instead. This can happen for older fans, and for fans of all kinds of different brands – not just Harbor Breeze fans. If you’re not sure what part number goes with your fan in terms of the first party remote, you can refer to the manual that came with your fan, try searching online or refer back to the first party retailer where the fan was purchased.
If none of that works out, and you’ve exhausted your options then it’s time to start looking at a universal remote. You’ll need to program the remote to work with your fan, as well as ensure the dip switch settings on the remote are lined up to the same settings as the fan. Typically, a universal remote from the same manufacturer of your fan will work, so it’s not necessary to spend a lot of time trying to figure out if the two will work together.
If looking for more details on the above universal remote control, or looking to purchase, click on the image of the remote.
Harbor Breeze Handheld Universal Ceiling Fan Remote Control
The above remote control is purchasable. It has a three speed control with light dimming capability. Not bad for a replacement remote under $40. This is a universal remote so it should work with most Harbor Breeze fans (and likely some other brands as well). This remote uses a technology called SmartSync, so there are no dipswitches. This makes it less likely to have interference with other fans and devices.
Part number: 0745359
Batteries required: You will need 1 x 12 volt battery. This battery is included.
The remote also features another technology called HomeShield. This security feature will turn off lights automatically while you’re away, to reduce energy consumption and waste.
Universal Ceiling Fan Remote for Hunter, Harbor Breeze, Westinghouse, Honeywell
Note: This is a third party remote that is not manufactured by Harbor Breeze.
One of the challenges when looking for a replacement remote and receiver kit, is that often Harbor Breeze themselves (the manufacturer, or Litex) only provides a remote. Trying to find an actual remote and receiver kit, so you can completely replace the receiver, seems to be a challenge – unless you are looking at third party remote and receiver kits.
One of the best ways to approach this is to try a replacement that does not cost an arm and a leg. This universal kit works with a wide range of fans – compatible manufacturers are all mentioned above. It is actually $15 USD at the time of this writing, so say that you purchase it, install the receiver and it does not work. Well, you’ve only invested $15 and your time to try fixing your fan – so not bad. We’re just saying this in case that does happen. Of course we’d prefer that what you buy is compatible with your fan, but it often can be questionable what works and what does not – so why invest a lot of money in a solution, right?
This kit also installs easily. You don’t need to take the light kit and/or blades apart. Just loosen the collar of the fan. When it slides down, you should have access to the electrical. To connect the new receiver, there are two wires that will connect from the ceiling, and three wires from the fan itself.