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    Asked Mar 17, 2008, 01:08 PM 12 Answers
    I have two Hampton Bay Windward III ceiling fans which need to be operating in the same direction of rotation. I have one remote control that operates both fans and only one switch that kills power to both fans.The remote control can reverse direction of both fans. For some unknown reason the fans are rotating in opposite directions and reversing them still has them going in opposite directions. To reverse one fan I have to disconnect the wires on one fan and reverse the other fan with the remote control. Since this has happened a few times I'm looking for an easier way to reverse one fan. Is that possible?

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    Marty

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    Mar 17, 2008, 03:29 PM
    Ok, when you disconnect the wire, and get them back going the same direction, what happens the NEXT time you reverse them?
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    Mar 18, 2008, 05:45 AM
    They both reverse, which is what I need. (Both fans turning in the same direction)
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    Mar 18, 2008, 07:44 AM
    What usually gets them "out of sync", is 1 receiving the signal and the other not receiving
    Signal. Just back away far enough to have 1 receive the other out of range will restore.
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    Mar 18, 2008, 09:19 AM
    Great Solution, Thanks
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    Mar 18, 2008, 10:34 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by martinyaeger
    They both reverse, which is what I need. (Both fans turning in the same direction)
    So why does this not solve the problem?
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    Mar 18, 2008, 04:47 PM
    Ceilingfan, removing the wire from 1 fan does solve the problem until it happens agaim, I am lazy, I would rather Move the handheld remote, than disconnect wire.
    I am "assuming" handheld, you may be assuming wired in unit.
    I have no reason to believe I guessed correct. The separate ON/OFF switch gives me the idea it is handheld.
    If it is not hand held, then maybe a pull switch on 1 fan to remove power to get "in sync again, then pull chain again.
    A small switch added to remote tied in to a DIP switch, would allow 2 codes from 1 remote.
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    Mar 18, 2008, 07:27 PM
    No, my question is, after you've done it ONCE, with either method, why do you need to do it again?
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    Mar 19, 2008, 05:14 AM
    Because if a handheld remote is just out of range of 1, it will throw out of sync. Then you just have to repeat again and they will be back in sync.
    If both receivers ALWAYS received the transmitted signal. This would not be an issue.
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    Mar 19, 2008, 10:09 AM
    Right, this is my point.
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    Mar 19, 2008, 04:58 PM
    So we are in agreement, It can happen again, or "why do you need to do it again?"
    Which is the point?
    "Because if a handheld remote is just out of range of 1, it will throw out of sync. Then you just have to repeat again and they will be back in sync".
    OR
    "If both receivers ALWAYS received the transmitted signal. this would not be an issue".
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    Mar 19, 2008, 08:01 PM
    What I'm saying is, once you get them both going the same direction, you should be able to keep it that way as long as the remote is kept within range.

    And if NOT.. . Then we have another problem to address.
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    Mar 20, 2008, 06:26 AM
    I have seen it happen with 2 fans in a relatively small room. Weather it is the angle of the handheld, maybe hitting antenna at a Null or what? Plus they don't respond 100 Percent.
    I have see this a couple of times.
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