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Ceiling fan will not spin, but I hear it

My ceiling fan will not spin, but I hear it humming, all the connections look fine, is this a bad part, any way to test it? It sounds like some sort of tension or pressure is holding it, but the fan motor/blades spins fine.

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It is humming because it doesn't know the words!

I would suspect there may be a capacitor (sp) that is no longer working. Im not current (no pun intended) on that aspect of fans in general. If it worked once up on a time and doesn't now, that could be a dead start circuit (capacitor) or worn out brushes - I doubt your motor is a brush type motor, however.

Is it fan old enough that it could retire? Replacing may be a better option than repairing.

Let me know what happens.


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It most likely has a faulty capacitor not allowing it to start. Remove the light kit or the cap where the light kit mounts, the speed and reversing switch will be in there along with a capacitor. You should be able to buy a replacement capacitor at most home improvement stores.

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