Just installed a ceiling fan. Light works fine and I have power to the fan. The problem is that the fan will try to turn clockwise for a second and then counter clockwise and then back again. I can spin the fan by hand in either direction, then it will operate normally. It is wired to a single switch and operates by remote control. I have also tried the direction button on the remote while it is turning but to no avail. Is there a switch inside the fan that could be wired wrong? Please advise.

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    – keshlam
    Feb 8, 2015 at 5:46

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I am sure there are a few reasons for this but this happened to me years ago and simply the switch (usually black horizontal on/off style) was in the middle. Turn it to the left or right. I know that you have a remote that should change this but I wonder if it would work while in the middle position.

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