I have an old 3 speed ceiling fan that pretty much doesn't spin. It doesn't start by itself (if I start it by hand it will keep on spinning, but slowly). Some of the speeds don't work at all, even if I start the fan by hand.

After reading about the topic I have come to the conclusion that the capacitor might have failed.

I opened up the fan and found the following capacitor:

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I don't have the means to test the capacitor (next tool to buy..), but I've decided to try and replace it and see if the fan works.

I have searched online and can't find an exact replacement (I have attempted to contact the company in Taiwan with no success). I have found capacitors online with similar values but not the same. For example: 1.5UF+1.75UF+2.5UF 450V 50/60HZ AC (ebay_link). Would this be a suitable replacement?

Thank you!

  • \$\begingroup\$ With the proposed change, the fan will probably run if the original capacitor has failed. However the performance will not conform to the original design. Whether or not the change will ultimately cause the fan to fail more permanently is impossible to know. The problem may not be the capacitor. There may be a winding failure or a switch failure. I am voting to close the questions as a repair question with no likelihood of application of engineering analysis. \$\endgroup\$ – Charles Cowie Sep 6 at 10:51

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