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 Posted: Tue Oct 15th, 2019 02:02 pm
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Gary Rudicil
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Hello all.  I am a new member who really signed up on behalf of my son (who's the antique fan collector of the family!)  He has a question about a Westinghouse Super Poweraire (PA-1830) fan he recently acquired.  I does run, but you have to give it a spin with your finger to get it going (it spins easily).  And strangely, it also runs rather slow and spins backwards.  It has a 3-speed switch on it, and all speeds do work, I believe. 

It appears a previous owner replaced the power cord on it at one point.  Could it possibly just be wired incorrectly?  Are there wiring diagrams anywhere for these fans so we could verify the wiring?

And I saw another post on this forum regarding a different Westinghouse fan model with a similar problem, and the suggestion there was to replace the capacitor.  Does anyone think that's a good thing to try?  It now has a Mallory 2.25MFD 220VAC (Y-50268) capacitor on it.  If it does need a capacitor, any ideas where replacements can be found?

Who knows, this fan might have both a bad capacitor and wiring problems!  Thanks very much for any help you can provide.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 15th, 2019 04:48 pm
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Tom Zapf
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Mike heffernan, bill fanum, jeff rusnak and so many more can help you with this, especially a westinghouse 

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 Posted: Wed Oct 16th, 2019 01:40 am
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Gary,
Welcome to you both. My hat off to your son. I would start with the capacitor. Attached are a few photos of one of my Super18's




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 Posted: Wed Oct 16th, 2019 03:31 am
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Gary Rudicil
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Thanks for the information, Tom and Tony.  It sounds like we better start out with a new capacitor and go from there.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 17th, 2019 03:02 am
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Levi Mevis
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I actually have a Westinghouse PowerAire Fan as well a model 16PA2 from 1948 (its a second generation model after the "Darth Vader" Models) and mine is still running strong on its original capacitor yet.
If you want I can get you pictures of the inside of mine as well if that will help you out.

Here's a picture of my PowerAire Fan posted below:



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 Posted: Sun Oct 20th, 2019 01:59 am
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Gary Rudicil
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Thanks again for the help, everyone.  My  son installed a new capacitor and the fan runs great!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 20th, 2019 02:15 am
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Congrats  :clap:

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