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I replaced the capacitor on the unit. I still do not have the fan blowing on the unit. The capacitor was bad to begin with. Any advice?

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    I reset the circuit breaker. The fan came on but at low rpm. The circuit breaker tripped. Any advice?

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Can you check on the fan with the multimeter to see if the coils show continuty.If the capacitor was bad there is a possibility of the main winding heating up to burn and open.so check this out.

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