I purchased two Hunter fans (w/ light) with remotes from Costco in 2002. I liked them because they came with two remotes each, one for the wall switch, and a hand held remote. A month ago, the dimmer started to malfunction on one of the fans. It would only go from 50% dimmer 100% on. It wouldn't switch off! I surmised it was the remote receiver (the receiving unit up in the base of the fan near the ceiling) and not the remotes because both remotes controlled the fan just fine, but would only switch the lights from 1/2 on, to full on. About a week later, my second fan's light did the same thing, except it was only stuck at 1/2 on, and wouldn't do anything else. I resulted to using the pull chain on both of these units. I paid about $130 for each of these fans, and I didn't want to pay that again, when only the light portion of the remote wasn't working.
I wondered if I could just find a replacement part for the Remote Receiver. Then at home depot one day, I spied the wall mount remote with a receiver! It cost me $40 bucks each (ugg!), but more importantly, it uses the same frequencies! (I did have to match my codes as I have each fan on a separate code). So all I did was replace the remote receiver unit on each fan, change the code on the remote receivers to match my current remotes, and I'm back in business. So each of my old remote receivers lasted 4 years before the dimmer portion of the light burned out. Is that good or bad? I'm not sure. I'll let you know how long my current remote receivers work. If I get another four years out of each of them, with the fans and lights still working, I'd say I'd have gotten my money's worth.
BTW, I DIDN'T need an electrician to replace these, and on my model, I DIDN'T need a "complete fan disassembly". You pop out one screw, and the fan hangs down on a hinge. Luckily, when I installed these fans originally, all the wiring had little labels, WHICH I LEFT ON. So when I did the replacement, I unscrewed the single screw, the fan swung down on its hinge, I cut out the old receiver, but left the labels. I matched all the wiring labels (there are five wires). Then I tucked the receiver in the base (this new one is smaller and easier to put back into place)closed the hinge, and re-inserted the screw. It takes take some work to get that one screw back in place - be warned. But you don't have to take the whole thing apart. It took me about 20 minutes a fan (and I had turned off the electrical circuit during this process). I'm no electrician, but I do feel comfortable swapping out electrical switches and outlets in my house, so perhaps I know a bit more than the common home owner, but not much. All that to say, if you're a homeowner with a bit of know-how, you probably don't need an electrician to replace one of these remote receivers. BUT BE SURE TO TURN OFF YOUR POWER WHEN YOU'RE DOING ANY ELECTRICAL WORK.
My Hunter Fans:
Model: 20777 Ashford, 52" brushed nickel
Old hand held remote transmitter part #: 85094-01
Old wall mount remote transmitter part #: 92755-01
Old Remote Receiver Unit part #: 85068-02
The remote receiver is the part that burned out!!!
Hunter Replacement part (found it at home depot)
Model #27186 (cost me $40)
Included wall mount remote# 27186-560 (I didn't end up using this)
Remote Receiver part # 84368-560
This receiver seemed to be a compatible replacement for my old receiver. One side note, the new receiver and remote has switches for it's code changer (#'s 1-4) while the old receiver and both of my old remotes had little clips that fit over the contact points 1-4 (if the clip was on, the switch was closed, or "on"). It took a bit of logic, but I was able to make my old remotes work with the new receiver by getting their codes compatible. But the important part is, THEY WORKED. Now I don't have to buy anymore hand held remotes or replace my old wall units as they still work. I believe that Home Depot may carry the hand held unit with a remote receiver as well, but it didn't look like my old remote, so I didn't chance it.
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