Harbor Breeze Troubleshooting

We can certainly help you to troubleshoot your Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan. There are a number of common issues that apply to these fans. The most common issues are as follows:

Ceiling Fan not turning on

The fan not turning on sounds like a simple thing, but it’s not. However, we can make things easier for you by providing some advice and guidance. The first thing to understand is, where is the problem? Let’s look at how you start the fan. There’s the remote, and there’s the pullchain. If you’ve tried both of these and the fan still won’t turn on, it’s time to have a closer look.

If you are starting the fan from the remote

Is the problem with the remote? Is there a pullchain on the fan that works if the remote is not? If you can’t start the fan with the remote or with the pullchain, you can skip remote troubleshooting and head to the next section. Otherwise, try remote troubleshooting first.

If the fan cannot be started in any way and remote troubleshooting has also failed

Does the fan make any noise when you turn it on?

If the fan blades start to turn and there’s a grinding noise, turn off the fan right away. It could be a problem with the motor. Motor problems are usually indicated by the fan turning on very slowly, not turning properly, and hearing grinding noises coming from the fan, or other noises that are coming from the motor. When this is happening, the motor is trying to turn the fan, but not able to do so. This could be caused by the fan being dirty, a bad blade, a bad blade arm, or other bad mechanical parts. Clean the fan well, especially the fan blades. Use a damp cloth. Are there any noticeable problems with the fan blades – any warps, dents, or other? If the blades are not completely symmetrical, it can cause a problem with the fan due to unbalanced blades. Try using a blade balancing kit to sort out the issues.

Does it work in forward, reverse or any mode?

If the fan will work in reverse but not in forward position, or vica versa, there could be a problem with either the motor, or another mechanism inside the fan.

The reverse module could be bad inside of the fan. If that’s the case a replacement one is relatively inexpensive – less than $30 in most cases.

If the problem occurred after a problem surge, try the following.

  • Turn the fan off using the remote control.
  • Spin the blades manually in the direction you want the fan to turn (turn it slowly with your hands)
  • Turn the fan on, then off, then on
  • Repeat until the fan begins operating correctly.

The site visitor that reported the above had to do it a few times before it worked, but they haven’t had a problem since they did this troubleshooting.

If you still need help troubleshooting your fan, we recommend this extended ceiling fan troubleshooting guide which applies to most fans regardless of make or model.