03:18AM | 04/15/03
Member Since: 04/14/03
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Encon ceiling fan 3-speed with light:
Fan capacitor has this information printed on the side:
250V.AC 50/60Hz
Max Temp 70 degrees celcius
3-wire 1.5uf & 2.5uf
Since these exact ratings are not available anywhere, without risk of burning up the fan motor, could you tell me what other capacitor uf ratings would translate to these safely?


02:12PM | 04/15/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
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Those specifications indicate that there are actually 2 capacitors built into one. You needn't necessarily get a single capacitor with those specification but should be able to use 2 separate ones, one of 1.5uf and one of 2.5uf and wire them each into the circuit.

Dan O.


05:22AM | 07/02/03
I noted your response to the fan motor start capacitor (Encon fan motor). Just had a similar problem with a 52" motor of the same make "SE-52PBG, Model E52 Series, 0.6A fan/3.0A with light". The cap was pretty much melted down and the lettering hard to read. As far as I can tell, the cap was a Watson/250VAC/3uF + 6.5uF/rect. housing/ 3-wire. Two of the leads, which were closest to each other, were connected across the chain pull switch controlling speeds and on/off. If I were to use two separate caps, which of the two values (3 or 6.5 uF) would go across the switch? I live in a small town in SE Kentucky and cannot find a replacement anywhere for this little creature. If you can help, this old boy would be most grateful. - Regards


08:16AM | 07/02/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
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Generally on a dual capacitor there will be 1-common terminal and one terminal for each of the capacitor ratings. I don't know how you would tell one from the other but it may have been marked on the original capacitor.

I really don't know which value would be for where as that product is out of my field of expertise which is major appliances. Maybe you can find someone more knowledgeable in small appliance service which can help?

Dan O.
The Appliance Information Site



12:21PM | 07/02/03
Thanks, Dan. Guess we live in a throw-away society. I found a source for the cap...which turned out to be $35!! Shipping & handling included. Dealers have told me that, with falling prices (and quality), nobody tries to fix these kinds of things anymore. I have worked in appliance manufacturing and have some idea of what components should cost. Might be a good idea to share sources of parts. Unfortunately, Digi-Key didn't have the part I needed. If I score on a source, I will post it in this column.


09:30AM | 08/22/03
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1 lifetime posts of capacitors, $10 each


12:14PM | 10/01/14
Member Since: 10/01/14
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The control is sort of a plastic box mounted on the wall. The plastic box bears the name Encon. Inside is a rotary switch and a small transformer. There are two wires coming from the wall that are connected to this control. The house and this control are about 30 years old. The control works ok but someone has recently replaced the ceiling fan with a Hunter unit.
The resident does not like the way the control looks and wants a new (modern) control.
I'm not familiar with this type of setup and suspect there's more to it then meets the eye.
Can you shed some light on this subject. I will photograph the control next time I go to this resident.

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