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 Posted: Fri Oct 26th, 2018 12:23 pm
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Frank Iezzi
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After doing a cosmetic restoration on my round motor Mobilaire, cleaning out dust bunnies and oiling the motor, the fan ran well until several days later when my wife went to turn it on, and she said that a large spark came, from what she described was the switch/capacitor area. The fan would not turn on in the low speed and only ran on the high mode. Now it doesn't work at all. Originally, I thought it was the switch, but upon reading into similar issues, it can't be that simple. What was likely to have happened?

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 Posted: Fri Oct 26th, 2018 07:53 pm
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Ryan Blazei
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It might have been the capacitor describing the only run on high scenario and deteriorating runability. Those olds caps can be dangerous so use caution with handling it, wear good gloves. 

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 Posted: Fri Oct 26th, 2018 11:40 pm
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Thank you Ryan! What would be the updated replacement for that cap?

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 Posted: Sat Oct 27th, 2018 10:17 am
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Look on the old cap and get equal or lower mfd rating. Say it was 2.2, get a 2mfd. Also get a high voltage rating, like 450 volt as they are more robust. Just search “fan motor capacitor” on eBay and you will find what you need. 

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 Posted: Sat Oct 27th, 2018 01:29 pm
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Much appreciated! Thank you again

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