Fanimation ceiling fan troubleshooting – Fix remote and fan issues

Are you experiencing problems with your Fanimation ceiling fan? Ceiling fans are a great and affordable way to keep cool on a hot day.

However, if yours is not functioning properly, it becomes pretty useless – nothing more than a decoration. The good news is that you can easily fix most of the issues.

When your Fanimation fan is not working properly, there are several things you can do.

Before picking up the phone and calling the support team, you can try troubleshooting it and, hopefully, restore the functionality without wasting too much time or money.

In this Fanimation ceiling fan troubleshooting guide, we have compiled a list of common issues, troubleshooting tips, and solutions.

Common Fanimation ceiling fan problems

Below are some of the common problems that affect Fanimation ceiling fans:

  • The fan stops working
  • Your fan won’t start or turn off
  • The fan stops working (running) while the lights continue to work
  • The fan spins without any air
  • Some of the fan speed modes stop working

Fanimation ceiling fan troubleshooting and solutions

1. Reset Fanimation ceiling fan remote

Remote control problems are amongst the most popular issues that affect the Fanimation brand of ceiling fans.

They usually include the remote not turning the fan on/off or some buttons not working.

One of the simplest solutions to these problems is resetting the remote. More often than not, this will fix the issue and restore full functionality to the remote and the fan.

To reset your remote:

  • Turn off your ceiling fan using the remote (if the power button is working)
  • Press the off button on the fan for about 10 seconds, then release it.
  • Wait for about another 20 seconds, and then turn the fan on again (using the remote)

2. Fanimation remote is not working

Even after resetting the remote, you might still find that it is not working. In such a case, you will need additional troubleshooting and fixes.

The first thing you need to do is check that the batteries are working correctly.

Next, you need to check whether the remote is sending signals to a receiver. You can do this by pointing it towards your phone’s camera and then pressing and holding a button. If the remote lights up on the camera viewfinder, it is working perfectly.

If no light is visible, then it is busted. In this case, you will need to purchase a new remote and program it for the ceiling fan receiver.

There are many Fanimation replacement remotes to choose from. Just make sure to select one that is compatible with your ceiling fan.

3. How to program a Fanimation remote?

To program your remote:

  • Turn off the mains power supply
  • Unscrew the fan’s canopy and remove the receiver
  • Find the dip switches on the receiver, then open the battery cover on the replacement remote and find similar dip switches
  • Match the remote dip switches to those of the receiver
  • Screw back the ceiling fan, replace the batteries on the remote

Your remote is now programmed, and you can test it on the ceiling fan

4. The ceiling fan has stopped working, but the light still works

If the fan is not working, but the lights are on, you can be sure that the problem is not the power. However, there could be several other issues, such as loose wiring, a malfunctioning motor, etc.

The following Fanimation troubleshooting steps can help you fix the issue:

  • Spin the blades to make sure they are spinning freely
  • Turn off the mains power and unscrew the fan’s housing cover. Check on the wiring to make sure there are no loose wires
  • Next, use an electric tester to make sure that the motor is receiving power
  • Check the motor shaft to ensure it is not entangled by dust or foreign objects, causing it to spin. If there are any objects, remove them.

If the fan is still not working, then one of the Fanimation ceiling fan parts, such as the motor, is likely the issue. At this time, you can call an electrician to repair the fan.

However, if you have a valid warranty, you should contact the Fanimation support center for more troubleshooting and information on how it can be serviced.

5. Fanimation ceiling fan won’t start

Has your ceiling fan stopped working suddenly and is no longer working? Below are troubleshooting steps to follow:

  • First, ensure that the mains power is turned on, and then check to ensure that the circuit breaker for the unit is not tripped
  • Check to ensure that the problem is not with the remote (see Fanimation remote not working guide above)
  • If the mains supply, circuit breaker, and remote are not working perfectly, then the issue lies in the unit. Troubleshoot it using the steps in the “ceiling fan not working, but the light still works” above.

If the issue persists, call an electrician to look at your unit or contact the Fanimation support center for additional help.

6. Fanimation ceiling fan won’t turn off

Is your ceiling fan not turning off? There could be two sources: the switch or the receiver/remote. For the switch, simply try tripping the circuit breaker. If it turns off, the switch is shot, and it needs replacing.

For the remote and receiver, start by troubleshooting the remote control using the steps in 1 and 2 above.

If the remote is okay, but the unit still won’t turn off, then the problem is in the receiver. In this case, you must order a new Fanimation receiver and replace the old one.

7. The ceiling fan is spinning, but there is no airflow

Is your unit spinning without airflow (or cooling effect)? Follow the steps below to troubleshoot the issue:

  • Ensure that the unit is spinning in the right direction (not in reverse)
  • Ensure the unit is suspended from the right height (about 7 – 9 feet)
  • Try increasing the speed for higher air movement

If the issue persists, the blades could be at the wrong pitch angle, or the drive capacitor to the motor might be weak.

In this case, you should call a professional to repair the fan or contact Fanimation customer support for advice on how it can be serviced.

8. The ceiling fan is not working at all speeds

Is the Fanimation ceiling unit stuck at only one speed? Follow the steps below:

  • Check the ceiling fan’s wiring to ensure that it is wired properly and is receiving full power
  • Check the remote to ensure that it is working correctly
  • Remove the ceiling fan receiver (with the main’s power off) and check to ensure that the dip switches are in the same frequency (set the same way) as those of the fan’s remote.

If none of these work, then the issue lies in either the capacity (where it might be blown off) or the motor. You should call a professional to look at the fan in either of these situations.


Are you experiencing problems with your ceiling fan? There is no need to sweat. The above Fanimation ceiling fan troubleshooting guide is a compilation of some of the most common issues and troubleshooting tips to help you fix them.

However, if the problem persists, you can always call a professional or the Fanimation support center.

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