Minka Aire ceiling fans are effective at circulating air in a room to create a cooling and refreshing breeze. Unlike traditional air conditioning units, these fans do not consume a lot of power. That means they can lower your heating and cooling costs.
Minka Aire fans also boast of powerful motors, elegant styles, and easy installation. But from time to time, the device can fail to work because of various reasons. With these Minka Aire ceiling fan troubleshooting tips, you can identify the primary cause of the problem and its solution.
Common Minka Aire ceiling fan issues
Some of the problems you may encounter include:
- A wobbling fan
- A malfunctioned remote control
- The fan produces a humming sound
- Blades not turning in the other direction
- The fan blades move very slowly
- Minka Aire remote control not working
How to troubleshoot Minka Aire fan and remote issues
Here’s how to troubleshoot these problems:
1. Minka Aire ceiling fan wall control not working
The function of the wall control or wall switch is to provide electricity to the Minka Aire cirque ceiling fan. Whenever you have powered it on, the fan should start working.
If it does not operate the fan, troubleshoot it using the steps below:
- Check whether you have a faulty connection somewhere between the switch, fan, and circuit breaker. A short or an overloaded circuit can cause the breaker to trip or turn off.
- Check to see whether you have loose switch wiring.
- Check whether you have loose ceiling fan wiring.
You may also experience the problem because you have a broken wall control and you need to replace it.
If the wires aren’t connected properly, use this ceiling fan wiring guide to connect them the right way.
2. Minka Aire ceiling fan remote control not working
If the remote control of your fan is not working, here is what you can do to try and fix the problem.
- Remove the back of the batteries to check if you have inserted them correctly.
- Test to determine whether the batteries are dead.
- Ensure that the fan’s receiver and dip switches behind the remote are on the same frequency.
Understand that when you control the ceiling fan or its light kit using the wall switch, its remote control may lose memory. To restore its memory:
- Remove the batteries.
- Press all the buttons to ensure you do not have stuck keys.
- Reinstall the batteries, and do not press on any buttons.
- Turn the wall switch off.
- Turn the power to the fan off at the circuit breaker and wait for a few seconds before turning it on again.
- Try using the remote.
If it works, you can now use the remote to control your ceiling fan.
3. Ceiling fan and light stopped working
After using the lights during the night, it is only natural to switch them off during the day. But sometimes the lighting kit can go off never to switch back on.
Also, the ceiling fan itself can stop working despite having used it before. Here are some troubleshooting steps you can follow.
If the light stopped working:
- Check whether you have put a bulb that has more than 75 watts: Minka Aire ceiling fans come with a wattage limiting device. Lamping over 75 watts will disable its light kit. If you have the correct bulb, consider resetting the light kit.
- Turn the power off.
- Re-lamp the unit.
- Ensure to keep the wattage below 75 watts.
If the fan will not start:
- Check to ensure you have turned on the wall switch.
- Check the circuit breakers and fuses.
You can also perform the following steps to try and figure out the problem. But first, turn off the power. Next:
- Remove the canopy and check your wire connections.
- If possible, check the wall control transmitter connections.
- Check the distance you have installed the fan from the transmitting unit.
The distance must be 40 feet to ensure proper signal transmission between the fan’s receiving unit and the transmitting unit.
4. Ceiling fan stopped working, but light still works
Before you begin to fix anything, determine whether the unit is getting enough power. If the light fixture is working fine but not the fan, then the power source is working well. The problem is your wiring or the device motor itself.
Minka Aire ceiling fans operate at high speeds for many endless hours. That means a connection may have become loose. Here is what to do:
- Turn the power to the fan off at the circuit breaker.
- Remove the tightening screws and lower the fan.
- Check the wires that connect the fan itself. Ensure they are not loose and all hook to your home’s wiring properly.
- Check all internal connections within the ceiling fan to determine whether anything is loose.
If you see a disconnected wire, fix it. Next, put back the housing and turn on the power. But if you do not find any loose wires, the problem is your motor.
An overheated or defunct motor could be the primary reason the fan is not working. Where possible, repair the motor by cleaning it or replace it with a new one.
5. Minka Aire ceiling fan doesn’t work on all speeds
Minka Aire ceiling fan speed problems are common. Sometimes the device can run on one speed instead of all anytime you turn it on. The primary reason for this issue is dirty ball bearings.
Although sometimes failure to lubricate the ball bearings can cause the issue, the advantage of Minka Aire ceiling fans is that they have permanently lubricated bearings.
But apart from lubricating and cleaning the ball bearings, the issue can be as a result of an overheated or faulty motor. You can also get it if the capacitor is failing. Thus, you may have to replace the motor and the capacitor.
Note that if the fan does not have remote control and only has a switch, the culprit is the device’s speed switch. In that case, you will have to replace it to ensure the unit goes back to all the default speeds.
6. Minka Aire ceiling fan won’t reverse
The problem of your fan not reversing can have several solutions depending on the model. Ideally, here is how you can deal with it:
- Go to the Minka Aire wall control.
- It should have a large circular section.
- The circular part has four control points.
- The positions of 9, 12, and 3 o’clock control the fan’s speed.
- The position of 6 o’clock controls the unit’s direction.
- When the device is at low speed, pressing the 6’oclock position should reverse the direction of the fan.
If it does not, you have a broken component in the unit. Alternatively:
- The fan has a small switch on the top of its motor housing.
- Turn off the power to the fan.
- Ensure the device comes to a permanent stop.
- Flip the switch to the opposite direction or setting.
- Turn on the fan.
At this point, you should see the fan turning in the opposite direction.
7. Minka Aire ceiling fan light won’t turn off
If the light does not turn off or it turns on and off unexpectedly, the problem could be interference. You can fix frequency interference using the steps below:
- Turn off the power to the ceiling fan.
- Use a small size tool for adjusting the frequency setting on the fan’s control system.
- Turn on the power.
After turning on the AC power, do not press any button on the transmitter. The procedure will fail. Instead, the only button you should press is the STOP button.
- Within one minute of turning the power on, press and hold the STOP button on the transmitter for ten seconds.
- The receiver should detect the new frequency. Once it does, your fan’s downlight will blink twice.
The receiver will now learn the new frequency selected by the transmitter. By now, it should be easier for you to operate both the fan and the lights.
8. How to reset a Minka Aire ceiling fan remote
You can reset or reprogram the ceiling fan remote using the following steps:
- Remove the covering of your remote control to expose the battery.
- Take note of the two sets of four buttons on the back of the remote.
- Remove the battery.
- Ignore the set buttons labeled ZONE on the left side.
- Focus on the set buttons labeled NUMBERS on the right side.
- Change any combinations of the NUMBERS button or only one of them.
- In this case, bring the number one down.
- Before returning the batteries or pressing any more buttons on the back of your remote, go to the circuit breaker box and turn the power to the fan off.
- Wait for five seconds, and then turn the power back on.
- Within one minute of restoring the power, reinsert the battery back into the remote control.
- Press and hold the STOP button while pointing it to the ceiling fan continuously.
- The fan will turn OFF – ON – OFF – ON.
You have now reprogrammed the remote and set a new frequency.
The final word
Whenever you have a problem with your Minka Aire gyro ceiling fan, troubleshoot the issue to know its primary cause. Before repairing anything in the unit, ensure to turn off the power from the circuit breaker and not the fan switch.
Depending on the problem, some solutions may include changing the switch, capacitor, or motor. This article covers all the issues you may experience and hopefully, you have now managed to fix your ceiling fan. If not, consider contacting the Minka Aire customer support team.
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