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"Starting Capacitor" All I see is the High Voltage cap in the parts list. I am trying to replace the starter cap. to see if that fixes my hood vent fan from only humming. Thanks -bob mc

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Re: "Starting Capacitor"

I just posted an exhaustive answer to this on another new thread you just started. This makes thread number five on this issue.


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