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Ceiling Fan high speed real slow

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Hey Guys,
My ceiling fan has been sitting in a box in the garage for about three years while I was building my new home. I installed it today and my high speed turns real the slow speed. I do not hear any excessive humming. Also the fan turns free and the middle speed and slow speeds work properly. I say "properly" but I believe both speeds take longer to achieve rated rpm.
BTW...I only use a regular light toggle switch to turn the fan on....seperate from the light kit. Nothing solid state.
Would it be the capacitor? Maybe it needs oiling.........but why would the high speed only be affected? I haven't put a clamp on amp meter on it but I have one if needed.
It's a Hampton Bay.
Thanks for all suggestions :)
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I have a mm as I've worked electrical all of my life. I also have a clamp on amp meter so the current should be high if friction is the cause. So...the bearings are not sealed huh? The only thing is that I would think the motor would hum in high speed mode if it was friction induced? But what do I know.... Thanks for the tip and I'll test with a little oil first to see f it helps and then I'll use the correct stuff if needed.
BTW, if it's the cap, do they use one cap for each speed or just a starting cap? Again, if it was a single starting cap I would assume that no speeds would work well. Maybe it's the switch....I'll check things out and get back with you guys and let you all know my findings.
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Ahh...thanks for the bad news :lol: Since it's only one cap I can assume it wouldn't cause the high speed to run at "low speed" with the middle speed operating fine. Maybe the pull switch has shorted out running it in the "low" position?
Teach me something.... I know my way a little bit around a motor and I'm wondering what is your definition of a "dead spot"? Thanks :)
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