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The switch for the fan that changes speeds and turns it on and off got broken and the fan stayed on for about 3 months straight,when I got time to replace the pull chain switch I noticed the capacitor had gotten hot and the casing had melted,could this be from running the fan continuously for so long?

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Possibly but it is doubtful. It is designed to work all the time but it is possible to fail during use. Replace it or complete fan unit as the motor may be faulty causing the capacitor to overload.

Posted on May 05, 2013

  • Richard Ferguson
    Richard Ferguson May 06, 2013

    How can I tell if it is just capacitor or if fan needs replacing?

  • Bill Boyd May 06, 2013

    Some times the easiest way is to spin the fan by hand and listen for noise indicating failed bearing or armature intereference. THe second way is to smell the motor as burnt wiring has a special odour. Lastly have an electrician investigate your problem as a safety check.

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SOURCE: Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan At Slow Speed

I recently replaced my hampton bay fan for the same reason (slow at all speeds) and discovered scorched and melted capacitors and wiring inside the fan. My suggestion is to stop using fan and replace immediately.

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SOURCE: harbor breeze ceiling fan

Your voltage is probably too low, probably a bad wire or source. Let me know if it worked.

Or take a look at the link given here... http://www.ceiling-fan-wizard.com/harbor-breeze-ceiling-fans.html

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SOURCE: Broken ceiling fan switch

NOT ALL SWITCHES ARE THE SAME!!!! Some are single layer and some are not!!. I think you can tell by the body color of the switch. Red and Black, Grey and Black, ETC. I figured this out after buying 3 of the wrong switches. Each one hooks up a little different. If it is an aloha brand fan like sold at WalMart it is a common issue. Just call there 800 number and they will send you a new one. You have to know the exact model number of have the bar code. Usually there is a bar code on top of the motor. Just take it down from the ceiling and look. I called them on Thursday and got a free switch and capacitor on Monday!! My fan is going great again. If you have the old switch check it or just call the fan's customer service!!
Just call 1-800-295-4448. Even the call is free.

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SOURCE: wiring pull chain 3 way switch for ceiling fan

I am in the middle of doing this now. 1 = Yellow; 2 = Blue; 3 = White; and L = Black.

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SOURCE: wire diagram for pull chain on ceiling fan hunter original

if you indeed have a 23852 hunter original...

Black goes to L, High is Red, Gray is medium and yellow is low. Make sure you have the right switch.

Posted on May 16, 2010

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