I have to replace a smoothing capacitor in the "power supply" of a mains operated device. The stabilization is done with two 12 V Zener diodes in series. The supply uses a capacitor and resistor to step down the 230 V and then clamps the voltage using the Zeners. The estimated current draw of the whole circuit is less than 50mA.
The old capacitor was rated 220µF / 50V. I don't have specifications on the old capacitor. I can't even find the manufacturer "GTH". It died, losing almost all of its capacitance.
Is it acceptable to replace the old capacitor with a (low ESR) capacitor rated for 35V?
Using a 35V capacitor (for a short test) the device was functional. The expected voltage is 24 V. The reading matched that expectation.
Here is the relevant part of the schematic. The capacitor of interest is C2: