Key Points:

  • Ceiling fan direction impacts both the cooling and heating of your house. Thus, it is important factor to take into account.
  • Ceiling fans which do not come with switches, have other ways through which you can change the direction, but it varies from brand to brand.
  • Some brands provide remotes which can be used to change the ceiling fan direction, while some other may require a specific sequence to follow using the toggle switch to reverse the direction.

It is required to change the ceiling fan direction each season, as the direction of the ceiling fan effects both the heating system of your house, along with the cooling system. Using the wrong direction of the fan, can negatively affect your heating/cooling unit.

So, how do I change the direction of my ceiling fan? It usually comes with a switch for the task. But often times, your fan might not come with a switch to reverse their direction. That does not mean that they are irreversible. It is completely possible to reverse a ceiling fan without a switch.

The solution for reversing a ceiling fan without a switch varies from one brand to another. But some of the most common solutions are using a remote control, following a specific sequence on the wall switch, changing the pitch of the fan blades etc.

In this article, I will discuss some of the most common solutions, for some of the most common brands, on how to change ceiling fan direction without switch.

How To Change Ceiling Fan Direction Without Switch

How Do I Determine the Direction of My Ceiling Fan?

Before changing the ceiling fan direction, we must identify which way the ceiling fan is currently spinning and which way we want it to spin, and it can be easily done by observing the fan blades.

So, how do you determine ceiling fan direction? Let’s take a look.

How to identify ceiling fan direction?

  1. Turn the ceiling to the lowest speed setting using either the remote control, toggle switch or a regulator. If your fan does not have a regulator, it is fairly easy to connect fan regulator to the switchboard.
  2. Stand directly below the ceiling fan.
  3. If the fan blades are moving from the top to the bottom left, your fan is currently spinning in the counter clockwise rotation.
  4. If the fan blades are moving from the top to the bottom right, your fan is currently in the clockwise rotation.
  5. Also, if you feel air pushing down on you, your fan is in the counter clockwise directional setting.

A question might have popped up in your head, “How do I know what direction to set my ceiling fan?”. The answer is entirely dependent on the season. The ceiling fan direction for summer will differ from the ceiling fan direction for winter.

The differences between clockwise vs counterclockwise fan directions are many, and they each affect your system in a different way as well.

Changing Ceiling Fan Direction Using a Remote

A very common way to know how to change ceiling fan direction without switch is to use a remote control for which you may either have reverse buttons on the remote, or you have to follow a specific sequence.

How to change ceiling fan direction with a remote?

Method 1: If your remote has a reverse button

  • Depending on the kind of device, hit the “auto” button or the “low,” “med,” or “high” buttons on the remote control to turn on the fan.
  • To reverse the spinning of the fan, use the “reverse” or “for/rev” button on the remote control.

Method 2: If your remote has one dedicated button for turning the fan on/off.

  • Turn your fan to the lowest setting.
  • Press and hold the reverse button until your remote light blinks, or the fan starts to spin in the opposite direction.

Method 3: If your remote has separate on and off buttons for the fan.

  1. Press the “On” button on your remote. Do not let go of the button on the remote.
  2. Turn the fan off using the wall switch and quickly turn it on again.
  3. Let go of the button on the remote.
  4. Press the “On” button on the remote again.

Applicable Brands: These methods are suitable for brands such as Hampton Bay, Hunter, Monte Carlo, Casablanca etc.

Changing Ceiling Fan Direction with a Wall Switch

If by any chance, your ceiling fan did not come with a remote, you could use the wall switch to change the direction by following a certain sequence.

How to change ceiling fan direction with a wall switch?

  1. Turn on your ceiling fan.
  2. Put your ceiling fan in the highest possible setting.
  3. Turn your ceiling fan off and on again, twice in a row.
  4. You might have to play with the timing for a little bit to accurately get it working.
  5. Once you have performed the sequence correctly, you should hear a series of beeps, and your fan should start to slow down completely before turning in the other direction.

Applicable Brands: These methods are suitable for a bunch of Hunter fans and Hampton Bay fans.

Changing Ceiling Fan Blade Pitch to Reverse Airflow

If you have a fan with an irreversible motor, the only option for a reversed airflow is to change the blade pitch of the fan.

How to change ceiling fan blade pitch?

  • To push air downwards, for the summer season, you have to adjust the blade pitch to the right.
  • In order to pull air upwards, for the winter season, you have to adjust the blade pitch to the left.

Applicable Brands: This is not a very efficient or effective method. This is usually for very old ceiling fans which contains motors that are irreversible. Irreversible motors like these are rarely found in modern fans.


In this article, I have covered most of the common solutions that you might follow to figure out how to change ceiling fan direction without switch. I have discussed multiple ceiling fan brands, as well as their particular method for changing the direction.

However, as different companies have different manufacturing techniques and different features, it is always a good practice to check with the manufacturer before applying any of these methods.

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