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Unit comes on fan does not spin

If fan is manually started to spin unit runs

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Your capacitor on the fan side is blown but that particular model needs a dual capacitor. Don't run the fan too long like that you will overheat the windings and melt her down.

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Be careful.....! If it starts when you push it you can hurt yourself seriously from the spinning blade. Sounds like your motor has a bad capaictor. Turn off the power (circiut breaker). Remove the old capaictor. Find the rating on the side. Replace it with the same rated size. If the motor has been subjected to running without a good capacitor for a while you "might" also need to replace the motor.
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