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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 12:43 am
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Ryan Lemke
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I am currently refurbishing a (1950's) Kenmore dimestore fan. I am by no means an electrician or expert, so forgive me if I am using the wrong terminology. It currently works on all 3 speeds, but the speed (capacitor?) is very rusty and corroded and the wires are brittle. I am wondering if there is a modern replacement that I can but somewhere? I will enclose photo's of the original and an example that I found online but doesn't seem to have the correct specifications. I was searching for a 120 V 55 watt 3-speed capacitor, but the search keeps bringing up these ceiling fan capacitors that say 250 V? Any help is appreciated.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 12:45 am
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The crusty one...

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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 12:59 am
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I am looking for something like this to replace the crusty one with...

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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 01:02 am
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In the past when I have encoutered a problem with a fans (speed capacitor), I have just converted it into a one speed fan, but if this can be done cost effectively, I would much rather have a new part and preserve the 3 speeds. Thanks for any help!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 09:34 am
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That is not a capacitor, it is a choke. If the fan works on all speeds, the choke is okay,
If the rust really bothers you, clean it off with small wire brushes and/or sand cloth,
then paint it with insulating varnish.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 10:02 pm
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Thank you. It does work, so I guess I will just live with it. For future reference (since I have had a few that didn't work), is this something that is available to purchase? And, is it also called a speed coil? Thanks!

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