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    Unhappy New Fan Control Speeds

    Switched from GE Z-Wave dimmers, switches, and fan controls to the relatively new Lutron Caseta fan control. The fans are 3 speed pull chain (high, med, low). 4 if you count off. The fan runs normally on high on Caseta Fan Control. Any other setting and the fan turns too slow to be useful, even on MED HIGH. I think MED HIGH is about the same as LOW on the pull chain or the GE fan control. The older GE Z-Wave fan controls just had High/Med/Low and corresponded closely to the High/Med/Low on the pull chain. I'm stumped. The fans are circa 1990 (maybe older) Hunter fans.

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    Make sure the pull chain is on the highest setting. Then use the Caseta control to change speeds.
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    Yep, it's on high. Turn it down one notch using the Lutron Fan Control and it goes so slow I can count the RPM. I should have read the reviews on Amazon. Seems like I'm not the only one with issues with this.I'll try calling support tomorrow.

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    Did you find a solution to this? I installed a new Hunter fan and have a similar issue. The fan is on high via chain control. The caseta seems to work on high, but med high, medium, and low settings seem super slow.

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    That's strange. I have three brand new Hunter ceiling fans and two existing older ceiling fans that are probably over 25 years old. I have put Lutron Caseta Ceiling Fan switches on all 5 of them and they all work perfectly. Instead of having 33%, 66%, and 100%; I now have 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. I really like the 25% setting for most of the day and then at night we turn it up to 50% for sleeping. The 75% is pretty strong and the 100% feels like I am under an airplane.On your new fans, did you get plain pull-chain fans or fans with remotes? Mine are the dumb kind with pull chains. I verified that the pull chain was set to the maximum speed when the fan switch was set to maximum. I can then set the speed using the fan switch to my desired speed. One time, I forgot to do this and my fan was on the low setting and the lower three speeds didn't change all that much. Once I changed the speed at the fan with the chain to the highest setting, everything worked great.

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    Type of motor?

    Question, does your ceiling fan have an AC motor or a DC motor? A lot of newer fans have DC motors and they may be an issue with the switch as the fan speed on a DC motor is controlled inside the fan and not at the wall switch.

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    I do not have a good answer for you, and neither does Hunter. We have since bought a new home and moved. In the old cabin, we just went back to on/off switches. In the new place, the previous owner updated the place and put in new Hunter fans. Surprisingly, the two that I have put fan speed controllers on work -- and the updated fans are all the same model. There are two fans that we intended to update and I asked Hunter "Which fans re compatible with Lutron Caseta Wireless Fan Speed controller." After a few minutes, the response I got was "None of our fans are compatible." Obviously, that is not true, although it might be their policy. Why these work and the others did not, I have no idea. They're all AC motors.

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    Well, I am glad to hear that they are working for you in the new house.I have now converted all of my ceiling fans, a total of 5 fans with 3 new Hunters and 2 existing fans, and I love how the new fan switch from Lutron works. I especially like being able to set the speeds in our automations as we run them at different speeds at night versus during the day.

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