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Fan stopped. Turned on and spun blade but nothing, on any of the three settings. Bad capacitor? how do I test switch or motor windings with voltmeter? Thank you, Torrey

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You can check the switch or motor by using an ohmeter for continuity test. connect the probes on each switch starting from common to no 1, 2, and so on. if the motor is okay, the capacitor is defective.

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