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Mon Sep 4, 2017, 09:58 AM

Power surge knocked out a ceiling fan. Can it be repaired?

I understand the circuitry in some of these is pretty fragile, and an outage/power surge can knock them out of commission. I know it's not the wall switch (it has power) or remote (new).

Anyone have experience with this? Is it an easy repair or is my unit toast? Thanks.

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Reply Power surge knocked out a ceiling fan. Can it be repaired? (Original post)
Auggie Sep 2017 OP
Cattledog Sep 2017 #1
CentralMass Sep 2017 #2
Auggie Sep 2017 #5
demosincebirth Sep 2017 #3
cyclonefence Sep 2017 #4
Wash. state Desk Jet Sep 2017 #6
Auggie Sep 2017 #7
Auggie Sep 2017 #8
Demsrule86 Sep 2017 #9
Auggie Sep 2017 #10
Demsrule86 Sep 2017 #11
Auggie Sep 2017 #12
Demsrule86 Sep 2017 #13

Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 10:01 AM

1. It would probably cost more to repair than replace.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 10:17 AM

2. You might try goigling the fan using its brand nsme + troubleshooting.

Sometimes thet mfg offers replacement boards (i'm assuming the surfe fried yours). If so, if you know how to work around ekectricity (shut the breaker off), they are not too difficult to replace.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 02:09 PM

5. Thanks. I'm guessing it's the receiver in the fan ...

unit is 16 years old so it's a toss up to fix or replace. Problem is, similar fan costs $200.00. And I need two.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 10:33 AM

3. If it's the fan - replace it.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 12:03 PM

4. I learned too late to help us

but our electric company reimburses customers for appliances damaged during power surges. I don't know if it's worth the trouble, but a phone call can't hurt.

I've had to replace dishwashers, tvs and coffeemakers. After we were struck by lightning, we had to have our house rewired, with lightning protection. Even with surge protectors and new wiring, we lost appliances to the surge.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 03:50 PM

6. Perhaps the remote receiver burned out. The light switch feeds the receiver



So your question is does the receiver distrubite the power or is it history.Replaceable part. OK so, if the switch is sending power to the receiver and the fan does not work ,since you know for sure you have power at the fan ,you will assume the receiver is toast. To be sure you can hard wire the fan light to switch as you would without a remote. At that stage in it, it works or it don't. Of course you look for any fried wiring before you conduct the tests.
replacement receivers are sold because those items do burn out over time anyway .

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Response to Wash. state Desk Jet (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 4, 2017, 04:32 PM

7. Yeah -- I think it's the receiver inside the fan

Thanks

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 02:21 PM

8. SOLUTION FOUND

Last-ditch effort before I called an electrician: flipped the circuit breakers. Now they're working.

Other stuff on the same circuit worked all along, so it's a mystery why the fans reacted to a simply on/off of the breakers. Whatever ...

THANK YOU to all who responded.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 04:51 PM

9. You probably tripped a GFI...that happened to me...and we used to have cut the power to get it our

jetted tub to work...couldn't find the damn thing. We finally redid this house and put GFI's in logical places and made a list too.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 05:30 PM

10. No

It wasn't a GFI

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Response to Auggie (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 07:13 PM

11. What do you think it was some mechanism in the fan to protect the engine?

Just curious. In my case it was a GFI...used to drive us crazy.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 07:59 PM

12. That sounds like a better guess ...

everything else in the room was powered. I'm just glad I tried the circuit breakers. There was no reason to suspect that would turn them back on. Had the electrician discovered it I would have been embarrassed as hell, not to mention $100 poorer.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 9, 2017, 10:19 AM

13. Right that has happened to me...

I am a techie but once I failed to notice that WIFI was in the wrong slot...so embarrassing.

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