How To Replace A Ceiling Fan Capacitor

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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. 

How to repair a ceiling fan capacitor

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. 

  1. The starting winding 
  2. 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 replace a ceiling fan capacitor

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. 

  1. If the case appears burnt or melted in any way due to overheating.
  2. When you start the switch, it doesn’t work. Then you still have to push the blades to start spinning.
  3. 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

How to replace a ceiling fan capacitor 

  1. Have the correct type of replacement capacitor and know its exact location.  
  2. Ensure sure you have the power supply disconnected.  
  3. Disassemble the fan until you gain access to the ceiling fan capacitor. 
  4. Replace the faulty capacitor, reassemble the fan and turn on the power supply. 

Replacing a ceiling fan capacitor is easy peasy, but if you would like to have a professional handle this task for you. Gatekrasher has the best hands-on board.

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