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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 02:16 pm
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Paul Alexander
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Does anyone know what capacitor I need for a 24" ge vortalex? Also where can I find a pull chain switch for one?
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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 10:02 pm
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Levi Mevis
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As far as the pull chain goes, just a regular two speed pull chain from the hardware store should work, as for your capacitor goes, you should be able to find a motor run capacitor at Amazon or at Grainger for your fan go with  a 440VAC unit that is of the same MFD value as the original or as close to the original value as possible.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 10:04 pm
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Paul Alexander
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The capacitor I am looking for is for a ge 24" pedestal vortex blade. The capacitor that is in the fan now is a flat square style pyranol, cat # 67 X 9. 330 volt, 7.5 mu f.
Can I use a 7.5 muf, 370 volt? 

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 10:07 pm
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Levi Mevis
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7.5 MFD 440VAC would be your best bet. 370VAC would be too low for todays AC voltages. 

The original Capacitor is what they call a "sardine can" capacitor because of how the shape of it oddly resembles a sardine can.

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Paul Alexander
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Levi, Thanks for the information! Does it mater that the motor is a 115/230  volt? Currently running at 120 volt?Should I try and locate one like the original, or replace with a new one? I think I can make a new oval style fit?

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 10:22 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Some people on here just use the mylar ceiling fan capacitors which are a small black plastic rectangular shaped box with two wires coming out of the back and others will use the metal cased ones that are either cylindrical shaped or oval shaped. It depends on what you want to use, the metal cased ones will be a little more expensive than the mylar ceiling fan capacitors but I think they are better built. 
Its your call in this case.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 10:41 pm
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For the switch, you need to know how it is wired. The 30s models just use a standard two speed switch. Most of the 40s models use a Levolier double stacker. Good luck finding that. The 50s models use a standard three speed.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 8th, 2018 11:53 pm
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Stan, Thanks for the info! When I got the fan it was wired direct, (no switch) so what I have now is a double pole 3-way toggle switch. The fan works great on high but when I switch down to the lower speed the motor starts running hot and slower? That's why I decided to replace the capacitor. As for the switch I thought it would be nice to have a original style pull chain! If the capacitor fixes my problem, I'll live with my toggle! Thanks for your help!Another question if you don't mind! The oiler tube on the front of the motor has come loose from the motor and is laying at the bottom of the motor cover. I can still oil the motor bearing but I will have to remove the blade to remove the front motor cover! Is there any tips or advice for removing the blades?
Hope this makes sense!
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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2018 01:01 am
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Would it be possible to retro fit these with a double throw switch like the Emerson capacitor circulators? Stan this is up your expertise, thanks

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Levi Mevis
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Lawrence Smith wrote: Would it be possible to retro fit these with a double throw switch like the Emerson capacitor circulators? Stan this is up your expertise, thanks
Lawrence, the OP said that his fan already has a double throw toggle switch wired to it already and that he's having issues with the fan overheating on low which is more than likely a capacitor issue, he was just wonderding if there's a good modern pull chain type switch that would work on this fan like what was on there originally.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2018 01:27 am
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These will work fine with a double throw triple pole toggle (3PDT) using jumpers. If it is the 40s model, the motor is dual voltage, the 230 volt winding is the low speed & the 120 volt winding is high. Emerson is wired very close to the same with their series/parallel configuration. Those old Levolier double stackers always fail, so your chances of finding one which will hold up (if you find one at all) are slim.

As far as the blade, it usually comes off fairly easily. It was been a few years since I took one off, but I don't recall GE using a setscrew on top of a set screw like Emerson did.

If it has the old capacitor, change it regardless. You don't want a blow out as those old ones used nasty stuff inside. I would recommend a 7.5MFD with either 370 or 440 voltage like Levi mentioned. Higher voltage is fine, but lower than rated voltage is not.

I only have two of these now, one is the first model & the other is a transition model. Still bronze & tan but with the 50s style motor, three speed with a choke coil.

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