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    lmillerchemist Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Nov 22, 2010, 01:34 PM
    Ceiling Fan
    "My hampton Bay three speed ceiling fan works fine on high and medium, but on low, it barely rotates and I can't really hear the motor running. It is run by pullchain. I opened the housing and the black box, which may be a capacitor, shows signs of melting. Would this cause a problem with only the low speed and if so, is it easy to replace?"
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    Nov 23, 2010, 07:49 PM
    Rather easy, simply take the unit down and throw it in the bin, go out and buy a new unit.

    There's a reason that the unit is showing signs of something melting... it's faulty and for the price of a new unit you will save yourself time and money.
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    Nov 24, 2010, 02:16 PM

    Capacitors are replaceable and much cheaper than an entire fan. You need moderate knowledge to do the swap
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    Nov 24, 2010, 02:58 PM
    There's only one way to find out - replace the capacitor and see what happens. There still may be an underlying problem that caused the capacitor to burn out in the first place, I would assume that replacing the capacitor may "melt" it again or cause some other problem within the unit. I do realise that replacing the unit is more expensive than replacing the capacitor, but peace of mind is what I'd go for.
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    Nov 24, 2010, 04:03 PM

    I hear you but capacitors frequently fail just because they want to, nothing else is bad to make them fail, they just do it all on their own
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    Nov 24, 2010, 04:25 PM
    In that case, go for it - it shouldn't be too hard to replace the capacitor if you've got the right equipment (which I assume you do). Again, my only concern would be the fact the it's melted/burnt, "usually" when they fail, they don't burn out, but not un-common to do so. Good luck with it ;-)
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    Nov 24, 2010, 04:50 PM

    Is it a remote fan?

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