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Old 05-28-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Replacing capacitor in fan


I have a ceiling fan that I like, it cost almost $200 and it moves a LOT of air.

The problem is that the high speed doesn't work anymore, only medium and low. The fan has a remote and receiver hooked up to it, but I bypassed the receiver to test it out and make sure that it wasn't the receiver that was bad- it wasn't.

After doing some research, I found that this fan is prone to losing a speed or two due to capacitors dying. The manufacturer is of no help if you are out of the warranty period, tho.

Is this something that I can fix easily? Or should I just get a new fan?

Thanks!

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Price out a new cap. If the fan is $200 and a cap is less than $20 it is probably worth it the gamble.

But you can check the cap several ways without using a cap checker, with a few bucks in parts from Radio Shack.

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Can i check the cap with a Fluke 112?
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According to page 7 of
http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/fl...1-112_manu.pdf
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Rather than cap checking I opted for the B&K 391.

If it's not the cap, some fans have a potted multispeed module. You could price this out also.
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