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hbcsc153

06:11AM | 03/14/05
Member Since: 09/20/04
15 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hello!

One of our ceiling fans started slowing down all of a sudden last night, and nearly stopped turning. Thereafter, it started turning at the normal speed, but there was a burning smell. It was not burning wire. We turned it off. Now when we turn it on the smell starts after about 5 minutes, and it does not seem to turn as fast as before.

Any advice?

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Emil

Tom O

12:10PM | 03/14/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
Emil,

If the burning smell is coming from the fan, turn off the power, take down the fan & insert it into the nearest trash can. Swing by the local Big Box store & buy a new one.

If you're not sure where the burning smell is coming from, consult an electrician.

Do not use this fan until the problem has been corrected.

Tom

hbcsc153

09:15AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 09/20/04
15 lifetime posts
Hello!

Thanks for the responses. I managed to find the number for Hampton Bay, and gave them the UPC number off the fan. They said that this particular model was built by King of Fans and gave me their number. When I called King of Fans, gave the UPC number and told them the problem the Customer Service person said it was the capacitor, and that would have to be replaced. She said it was common, but I am not sure whether it is for this model or all ceiling fans. It was $12 for cap and shipping and 7 to 10 days to Southern California.

Your thoughts?

Regards,

Emil

Tom O

11:02AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
487 lifetime posts
For the price, replacing the capacitor is worth a try. However, the windings of the motor may have already been damaged. Once you replace the cap, run the fan, but do not leave it unattended. Check for the burning smell and after the fan has run awhile, turn it off and check to see that the motor isn't getting hot. If it is hot and/or there is still a burning smell, follow the advice in my first post.

Tom

BV000923

08:43PM | 04/30/13
About a week ago, a bulb in my ceiling fan went out and started to have a burning electrical smell. This went away. Put in a new bulb and the smell came back with the bulb still burning. I took out the bulb, but I am concerned about a short. Any thoughts?
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