How To Change Fan Speeds On A Ceiling Fan?

(Last Updated On: April 29, 2019)

I have a new ceiling fan with 2 pull chains. One chain is for the light and one is for the fan. How many speeds does a ceiling fan have… and how many pulls to get the fan to run on high speed? I have a Harbor Breeze fan and size is 52″ inches in diameter.

Ceiling fan - Pull Chain SpeedsCeiling Fan – Pull Chain Fan Speeds

Most ceiling fans have 3 fan speeds. High, medium, and low. If the fan is off, pulling the chain will set the fan in HIGH speed. The second pull will set the fan in MEDIUM speed. The third pull will set the fan in LOW speed.

Most pull chains are marked with a fan symbol or a light symbol to identify which pull chain does what. If not, try pulling the chain that is not connected into the light assembly. This chain should be the one that controls the ceiling fan.

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Ceiling fan pull chainsCeiling Fan Pull Chains – Light Symbol & Fan Symbol

If you are having trouble with the fan not running, check the wall for a switch that controls the ceiling fan. Turn the wall switch on and try pulling the ceiling fan chain to run the fan. This may also be the case with the light on the ceiling fan. If the light does not turn on, check the wall for a switch that controls the light.

How many chain pulls to turn ceiling fan on high?
(When the ceiling fan is not running…)
First chain pull = HIGH fan speed.
Second chain pull = MEDIUM fan speed.
Third chain pull = LOW fan speed.
Fourth chain pull = Ceiling fan is OFF.

Spinning Ceiling Fan

On some ceiling fans, the order is backwards…
(When the ceiling fan is not running…)
First chain pull = LOW fan speed.
Second chain pull = MEDIUM fan speed.
Third chain pull = HIGH fan speed.
Fourth chain pull = Ceiling fan is OFF.

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Newer ceiling fans have a remote control that works to control the speed of the fan and turns the light on and off. If you happen to ever misplace your ceiling fan remote control, here are universal choices for replacement…

ceiling fan remote controlCeiling Fan Universal Remote Replacements

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If you have any questions concerning the operation of your ceiling fan, feel free to ask a question below…


1 thought on “How To Change Fan Speeds On A Ceiling Fan?”

  1. Tireak Tulloch

    On our ceiling fan, the high speed is after two pulls. I can’t tell what speed is after the first and third pulls though, because they seem similar.

    Could it be wired incorrectly?

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