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I have a hunter Table Fan 90021 that only runs on high. How can I fix the motor so that it will run on all three settings?

I have had the fan for several years, so it isn't under warranty. The other speeds slowly started failing about 2 years ago, now it only works on the high setting.

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Probably needs a three speed new should get one at an electrical shop.

Posted on Jul 03, 2016


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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Hunter 3 speed ceiling fan now turns slowly

Probably a bad capacitor. What model is it? If it completely wireless (in other words: no pull chains for light or fan) the capacitor is located on the receiver for the fan (in the canopy or the lower switch housing). Unless you are handy with a soldering iron, it is easier to purchase a replacement receiver.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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SOURCE: hunter speed control problem

I have the exact same problem. Called Hunter's tech support and they confirmed the capacitor must be bad. This is the black box that has 4 wires going to the switch. They are sending me a new one for under $12. I haven't received it yet, but the wires from it going to the switch can be removed from the switch by shoving a paper clip along side the wire, this'll release the spring clip holding the wire in. Not sure, but I may have to cut and wire nut any wires that go elsewhere.

I recommend you call them too and as long as you have the 5 digit model number (usually on top of fan) they should be able to get you what you need.

P.S. it is highly unlikely that it is in the switch. I tried replacing it with one from Home Depot and I actually got Low-Off-High, which is worse. The Hunter tech support guy said you can't use after market switches with their fans.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a hunter ceiling fan its about 20 years

there is a small black box in with the wireing on the fan unit ...this box controlls the fan through your remote is esentially a switch this unit is likely the cause ...remove and replace .....

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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SOURCE: fan only runs very slowly and makes a humming

Check all of your electrical connections, and ensure voltage is 120V to ground. If you have a dimmer switch replace with either a fan control switch or a simple on/off switch.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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It's highly possible the Capacitor has failed. The motor in this fan is Permanent Split Capacitor.

Do the blades spin freely? If you bump them around, do they coast, or stop suddenly? If they coast freely then that would point towards the capacitor. I believe Hunter has a 5 year warranty( it may be 1 year) on these fans, so it may still be under warranty and they may send you a new unit. Their phone# is 1-901-745-9222.

If it is the Capacitor, it is possible to replace it and to find out if it is the capacitor, remove the rear motor cover (should be one screw on the rear of the motor cover) there will be a small box, most likely black, or yellow with some writing on it, if it looks swollen up or melted, this is obviously the problem. However, depending on the failure mode, it may not have any visible indication that it has failed. If it has failed and you wish to repair the fan, Hunter should be able to send you a Capacitor and all you need to do is clip the wires on the old Capacitor and connect the new capacitor to those wires. Just make sure the wires are secured, it's very simple, you can do it yourself.

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