Question about Hampton Bay 24002 Ceiling Fan
Fan worked well, then stopped for no reason.
The problem is NOT the motor. This is the most stereotypical, quintessential, textbook case of capacitor failure. The capacitor is a small rectangular black box located in the fan's switch housing (there may be one, two, or three capacitors) with colored wires coming out. The capacitor regulates voltages, and gives the fan enough torque to start, then keep running at the appropriate speed.
Capacitors are inexpensive to replace. Some replacements are available at your local Home Depot or Lowes; if they don't have the right one, go to Radio Shack. IT IS IMPERATIVE that the replacement capacitor you buy has the EXACT same values -- same voltage, and same microfarad rating (written as a number followed by the letters MFD, or the micro-sign and the letter F: µF). So, for example, it might say "277v 2.5µF" or "277v 2.5 MFD" -- and the replacement capacitor must have the exact same values. It must also have the same number of wires coming out of the top. However many capacitors your fan has, that is the number you need to replace, since you don't know which one is blown.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
Posted on Jun 17, 2008
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