How To Replace A Ceiling Fan Capacitor
Before explaining how to replace a ceiling fan capacitor, it is essential to know a few things about it. It is impossible to repair anything properly if you don’t have a good knowledge of what you are trying to fix.
What is a ceiling fan capacitor?
A ceiling fan capacitor creates a magnetic flux (torque) that enables the fan to start and spin. There are two windings inside the ceiling fan.
- The starting winding
- The running winding.
The starting winding is also known as the auxiliary winding, while the Running winding is also called the Main winding.
The first magic a ceiling fan capacitor does is to make it self starting.
How to know when a ceiling fan capacity is faulty
A capacitor is a black box inside the switch housing of the fan.
Here are a few signs to know your capacitor is bad.
- If the case appears burnt or melted in any way due to overheating.
- When you start the switch, it doesn’t work. Then you still have to push the blades to start spinning.
- If your fan spins slower than it does. You will have to test your capacitor with a multimeter.
How to replace a ceiling fan capacitor
- Have the correct type of replacement capacitor and know its exact location.
- Ensure sure you have the power supply disconnected.
- Disassemble the fan until you gain access to the ceiling fan capacitor.
- Replace the faulty capacitor, reassemble the fan and turn on the power supply.
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