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Mike L.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:38 am    Post subject: Ceiling Fan( Cap 3wire) / Can I use on a two wire configuration Reply with quote

Any help would be greatly appreciated... I have 2 ceilng fan caps and would
like too use either one on a floor (osc.)fan.
The old cap from the floor fan has 1 light blue wire and 1 white. One of the
ceiling fan caps has 1 red wire coming out of one end of the cap and the
other end of the cap has 2 wires (white & blue). I guess what I'm asking is
can I clip the blue wire off and just use the white & red? This particular
replacement cap is the same capacity and voltage.

Thanks for taking time to read my post...

Mike
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Ross Herbert
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Joined: 03 May 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: Ceiling Fan( Cap 3wire) / Can I use on a two wire configuration Reply with quote

On Sat, 15 Jul 2006 00:38:11 -0500, "Mike" <cicle_98@yahoo.com> wrote:

Quote:
Any help would be greatly appreciated... I have 2 ceilng fan caps and would
like too use either one on a floor (osc.)fan.
The old cap from the floor fan has 1 light blue wire and 1 white. One of the
ceiling fan caps has 1 red wire coming out of one end of the cap and the
other end of the cap has 2 wires (white & blue). I guess what I'm asking is
can I clip the blue wire off and just use the white & red? This particular
replacement cap is the same capacity and voltage.

Thanks for taking time to read my post...

Mike

When you say "This particular replacement cap is the same capacity and

voltage" do you mean that the replacement cap with the white and blue
wires at one end has the same value as the original cap in the
pedestal fan?

It is highly likely that the replacement cap has 2 separate capacitors
in the same can with a common terminal. The text/identification on the
case should indicate whether this is the case. If at least one of the
capacitors in the can is the same value as the original in the
pedestal fan then you can use either the white or blue wire which
connects to the appropriate capacitor. You don't need to cut off the
other wire at all but you should simply cut the tip of the unused wire
off flush (so there are no exposed strands) and place a short length
of heatshrink tubing over the end leaving about 1/4" overlapping the
end. Then while the heatshrink is soft just squish the overlapping end
flat with a pair of bull-nose pliers (or other suitable tool) to seal
off the end.
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