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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 09:45 pm
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Bob Smith
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Hi, all, I have a late 40's round motor 4 blade Westy Mobilaire I've had for abt 30 yrs.  Gave great service, then one evening about 10 years ago while running in the garage as I did laundry, I went out and noticed it was running very slow.  I switched it off and on again and it started up in the opposite direction!  I vanished it to the parts fan dept. and yesterday I pulled it out thinking it may have been a bad capacitor, so thought maybe I could connect the cord directly to the motor and just use it as a one speed fan.  I cut the motor lead and instead of two, it had three wires, one green, one white and one red.  Assume red is hot, white is neg., but not sure what to do with green lead.  Any suggestions welcome, as I don't have an extensive knowledge beyond this.  One reason I hope to fix it is that the fan went thru Hurricane Andrew with me and sat in 2' of brackish water in my garage for a couple of days after the storm, but didn't reach the motor or works.  I hauled it down to Homestead, hooked it up to a generator and it cooled my co-workers and I as we helped people with their insurance claims who had lost or sustained damage to their homes.  Two months later, it would no longer slide up or down and froze about 6" from the bottom, and no amount of Liquid Wrench, WD-40 and tapping would free it....any suggestions welcome.
So might my thinking be accurate on the capacitor and how should I wire it directly if so?  Thanks again for your help and suggestions.....Bob





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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Andrew Block
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The capacitor is the "starter" and it won't run without it.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 04:24 am
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Bob Smith
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Shows you how much I know.....any suggestions.?????

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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 05:25 am
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Andrew Block
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I'm not sure what the MFD rating is offhand but you can search around here. Order one from eBay for a few bucks and install it and should be good to go!

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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Try this link............
http://afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=41126&forum_id=5&highlight=Westinghouse+Mobilaire+capacitor

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