Complaint / review / scam report
Hunter Fans
I have a pair of Hunter Fans, model 26836. They have be...

Complaint / review text:
I have a pair of Hunter Fans, model 26836. They have been running just fine for several years (5, perhaps?). Suddenly, one bulb in one fan blew. A couple of days later, when I turned them on, the other two bulbs in the same fan "blew" (the second fan is still symptom-free). When I replaced the bulbs, I realized that only one was bad; the other two were still fine — the light bulb sockets simply weren't getting any power — the other two bulbs were not blown after all. The fan still seemed fine, and would run at all speeds.

A bit of Internet searching pointed at the wattage limiter. It's a tiny little piece, 5/8" x 5/16" x 1/8", with a pink and a white wire on one end. It's marked "Y59 R 130C" in black dot-matrix ink on the top line of one side, and "B03 26836" on the second line (so, apparently, the second line identifies the fan model #). The back side, which is impossible to read without removing it from the light fixture, says "Limitor" in one circle, and "14 T160" in another. These are embossed in the limiter's white plastic housing.

I cut both wires (pink and white) as close to the limiter as possible, stripped them, twisted them together and put the smallest wire nut I could find on them, and put it all back together. The fan and lights work just fine. I use this fan with three 25-watt incandescent bulbs, so "max wattage" is a non-issue for me. This wattage limiter is a government-mandated component, apparently designed to keep us from driving too much power through the fan's power line, and/or generating too much heat from the bulbs. As I said, for me, it's a non-issue, so I assume I'm safe in bypassing a limiter for a limit I'll never hit.

Hunter doesn't sell just this part — they required that I buy a new light kit. With tax and shipping, it was going to be about $60 — more than the fan cost new! I think it's reprehensible that Hunter can't / won't be of more assistance, and instead goes after an over-priced sale of more replacement parts than I need. The bottom line is that my fan's lights ARE now working correctly (and the fan itself, which WAS still working correctly, CONTINUES to work correctly), and I managed to bypass Hunter's overpriced attempt to over-sell me replacement parts. Now I know what to do when the lights "go out" on the second fan.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed electrician. I am not recommending that anyone else make this modification to their fan; I am merely recounting what happened to work for me. Implement this at your own risk. Your mileage may vary. Bypassing this limiter may void your warranty and/or your U/L certification. May cause headache, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, hives, or satisfaction in knowing you solved your problem. Have a nice day.

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Offender: Hunter Fans

Country: USA

Category: Shops, Products, Services


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