Why does my ceiling fan keep coming on full speed ... by itself?

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Posted 8/26/2010 by journey fan in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:15:54 AM
Usually it's kind of sporadic, but lastnight while I was on the computer in an adjacent room, it happened about 4-5 times in an hour. I would go in and turn it off with the remote, sit down at the desk, and 10-15 minutes later there it was at full speed again.

Everyone else was asleep and the remote was sitting by itself on the couch; nothing could've been hitting it. I finally turned the switch off at the wall.

Is some other electronic setting it off?
Is our house haunted?
Is someone effing with me?

Gah, it was SO aggravating! Has this happened to you?



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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:19:12 AM
Are you possibly having power surges or a problem with the wiring?

Our fan turns on when the electricity to it is interrupted.


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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:24:45 AM

In order for the remote to work the fan is never truly off. There is a part recieving electricty that responds to the remote. SOunds like it is going out.


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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:33:29 AM
because your ghost is hot.

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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:37:11 AM
Could your remote batteries be low. Sounds crazy but my remote to my sattelite will do the craziest things when the batts are low. Just a thought.

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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:42:14 AM
because you probably have one of those add-on remote controls. I had one from either Menards or Home Depot and it was like a ghost in the house in the middle of the night the fan and/or light would go on occassionally. Return and exchange the add-on remote.

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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:45:44 AM
try changing the batteries in your remote? we have 3 tvs that like to come on at night... and the snack drawer that likes to slide open... i figure Mrs. Eakin likes to watch tv and eat snacks...(original owner that i think passed in the house... )


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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:46:22 AM
mine was a Hunter Fan Co. add-on remote and it did that.

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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:51:39 AM
Our Hunter fan w/remote turns itself on randomly. Sometimes the light will come on, sometimes just the fan. I used to think DH had done something to it when installing it, but I hear so many others have the same problem.


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Posted: 8/26/2010 11:54:29 AM
One of my remote fans will do that from time to time. It hasn't done it in a while though. It didn't matter if the battery was fresh or not.





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Posted: 8/27/2010 7:19:12 PM
I thought it was just ours. I even made DH uninstall then reinstall it. It still does it. Ours is a Hunter with remote, too. Let me know if anyone comes up with a solution. ITM I hope yours sorts itself out!

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Posted: 8/27/2010 8:06:34 PM
Batteries in the control are probably low or you have an electrical short. If you have a short in the wiring it could cause a fire.


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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:05:12 PM

Our Hunter fan w/remote turns itself on randomly. Sometimes the light will come on, sometimes just the fan.


My in-laws have a Hunter fan with remote in DH's old room which is the room we stay in when we visit. We have been awakened several nights by the light turning itself on. I'll have to let my in-laws know that others are having that problem because my FIL hasn't been able to figure it out in the year that it has been there. FIL sleeps in that room when we aren't there since he got kicked out of his room for snoring.


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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:18:55 PM
We recently replaced the fan in our living room because it was doing this
It was the kind with a remote

we had wanted to switch out fans anyway but when the light started coming on by itself and switching speeds we knew it was time to change it!
it's better now anyway because we can actually use the two switches to control the light/fan



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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:20:00 PM
Hunter fan...no add-on remote, just the one it came with. It occasionally goes from medium speed to high on it's own.

My sister has one that turns on and off on its own sometimes- the light, not the fan.

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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:28:50 PM
We have a fan/light in our bedroom and sometimes I wake up to the light being on. No clue what causes it but I hate it!



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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:38:33 PM

because your ghost is hot.


heehee....

Are there batteries in the remote that could be going bad? Acting wonky?


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Posted: 8/27/2010 9:41:36 PM
Does your fan have some sort of thermostat that makes it turn on when it gets too warm?



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Posted: 8/27/2010 10:00:09 PM
We have one in the master bedroom like this ~ NEVER had a problem until a new house was built on the lot behind our house. Now, it happens all the time. We noticed a pattern happening that seemed to coincide with their arrival or departure (can see car lights), so think it must have something to do with the frequency their garage door opener is on. As in - they use their opener, the fan goes on or off.


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Posted: 8/27/2010 10:29:48 PM
It could very well be a remote of some kind that your neighbor is using! I have a friend who's light on his fan was going on and off at random times, and he found that his neighbors garage door remote was causing it.

Earlier this week, our 10yr old had a friend over and he brought with him a few remote controlled cars. Well, one of his remotes, when he pushed it forward or backward would turn OFF our cable box! We sent them around the block and it still happened.


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Posted: 8/28/2010 9:04:59 AM

We noticed a pattern happening that seemed to coincide with their arrival or departure (can see car lights), so think it must have something to do with the frequency their garage door opener is on. As in - they use their opener, the fan goes on or off.



That's what I was going to suggest, that it's your neighbors garage door opener. It's happened to us once or twice but we live in an area with older houses and fewer garages. It happens to my MIL all the time.

There is a dip switch on your fan and in your remote that you'll need to change in order to be on a different frequency.

This blog might be helpful -

http://www.bloglighting.com/1/2007/07/Why-does-my-Ceiling-Fan-turn-on-by-it-self.cfm

My husband has changed these for my MIL several times, she may be running out of combinations at this point.


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Posted: 8/28/2010 9:12:35 AM
We have a Hunter ceiling fan and we were having the exact same problems. I was sure it had something to do with the wiring, but a friend said to switch the frequency of the fan. Once we did that we no longer have had any issues with it.

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Posted: 8/28/2010 9:45:17 AM
Thanks for the suggestions and stories, everyone! I did get a new battery for my remote (it's a special little size; I found it at Walmart lastnight) and we'll see if that helps but it now sounds like it's a frequency thing. I wondered if that could be it.

I'm so glad this never happens to our bedroom fan, like some of you. That would freak me out to be woken up by a light or a fan in the middle of the night

So, my neighbor must've been gettin' jiggy with it *several times* very late the other night, LOL! I wonder what remote they were using over and over at that time, that was not "their usual."

Btw, many of you have mentioned using Hunter fans with the remote that came with it, and that's what we have also.



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Posted: 8/28/2010 9:49:45 AM
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Posted: 8/28/2010 10:58:29 AM
This also happened to me (Hunter w/ remote). I suspected it was tied to my neighbor in the condo above me. When I had some electrical work done, I had the guy take a look at the fan. He showed me some device in the fan that controls the remote. He changed the "code" on the device. It was factory set at "11111" and he changed it to something random like "54123". I never had the ghost light/fan turn on by itself again.
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Posted: 8/28/2010 11:20:56 AM
I don't think my in-laws problem is related to something that their neighbors are using. They live in the country with neighbors on either side being quite a distance from them but do have a couple houses across the street. The light only comes on during the night anywhere from midnight to 4 a.m. and never during the day. I don't think their neighbors garage door opener would be the cause since it is used during the day and the light on the fan doesn't come on during the day.


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