Why does my Hampton Bay fan turn on and off by itself?

Is your Hampton Bay ceiling fan turning on and off by itself? Or, you might have another brand of ceiling fan that is doing this. This can be happening because of the frequency on your fan is set to the same frequency as someone else’s close to your home. For instance, your neighbour could have a different  ceiling fan than yours, but the frequency may be the same on the remote. Your remote has to be set to the same frequency as your fan.

Fan and remote frequencies are set to one another using dip switches. The first thing you should change when you start to have problems with your fan doing things on its own, is change the batteries in the remote. The batteries could be low and the fan might not be functioning properly.

If you have some batteries in the home, check for them and try switching the batteries first.

The next thing you should check is the dip switches on the remote as well as the fan. Try changing the dip switches. You can find the dip switches on the back of the remote and inside the fan, under the fan housing. The dip switches have to be set the same way on the fan as they are on the remote. You should change however they are set to prevent the fan being controlled by another person with a remote, since you are having those issues. Once the dip switches are set differently the fan, should not be able to be controled by another person with a remote as the dip switches on their remote will no longer be the same as your fan or remote.

From the desk of our site editor and ceiling fan repair guru…

“Hampton Bay fans or light kits turning on and off by themselves, is almost always a dipswitch issue, 95% of the time. From the times I have been in a homeowner’s home, and I showed them where the dipswitches were on the fan and the remote, they were dumbfounded and had no idea that these dipswitches actually controlled the frequency on which the remote ‘talked’ to the fan. Once we changed the setting on the dipswitches, it solved the problem almost everytime.”