Ceiling paddle fan repair

ionized_gwFebruary 11, 2013

When the fan is switched on the motor hums, but it does not turn. Is it worth fixing or should I just go and buy a new one? I've never worked on ceiling fans before. I don't know if it might be the motor itself or I might get away with a capacitor.

It is an Emerson CF529W

It looks like this one but the model number is slightly different


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Replace it.
Scrape the copper.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 10:32PM
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If you like the fan, I'd try replacing the capacitor. (If it looks half-melted, that's probably the problem)
Finding the correct capacitor, though, might take a bit of research. They're not universal.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 9:41AM
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"Finding the correct capacitor, though, might take a bit of research. They're not universal."

And often come as a block of multiple values for different fan speeds.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 9:58AM
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Thanks for responding. fortunately, I have the "installation Instructionns and Renewal Parts Identifications", dated 1980. There is a "capacitor" @ 4 mfd/340V and a "Capacitor, Speed Control". I'll betcha that the latter costs more.

Is a motor likely damaged from being powered on but not started for an extended period?

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 3:07PM
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4 mfd sounds like a run capacitor, not a start capacitor.

The guy's are right: Junk it, these fans are really cheap to replace.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 3:31PM
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