I also noticed that it had become uncommonly hot. Wondering what had happened to cause all this meteorological change, I glanced around looking to see what could have caused the problem, and looking up, I observed the living room ceiling fan only running at about a quarter of the RPMs that it should have been. No wonder I was getting hot and developing a waterfall down my back.
Well, I knew right then what my morning project was going to be. It was a good thing I recently had ordered (and received) a goodly supply of ceiling fan capacitors. I was soon to find out if they were actually going to work.
I keep them handy down in the sanctum sanctorum, the holy of holies, my workshop, in an old peanut butter jar. Just waiting for such an occasion as this.
|New Ceiling Fan Capacitors|
|Here's the Cryptic Info|
Faraday, a Fellow of the Royal Society, was an English scientist whose main discoveries included those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism, and electrolysis. It was largely due to his efforts that electricity became practical for use in technology. Albert Einstein kept a picture of Faraday on his study wall.
It was shortly after breakfast this morning that I fetched the step ladder from the basement and climbed up to work on the fan. First thing was to remove the light package, a simple procedure involving removal of four screws.
Conveniently, the capacitor is one of the links between that and the main body of the fan motor. So it was easy to undo the wire nuts and remove the old capacitor. As young Nelson can attest, the old capacitor had reached the end of its lifespan and had failed in fairly dramatic fashion, blossoming several blisters on various parts of its body as it apparently overheated last evening.
|Nelson Examining the Failed Capacitor|
After that, I climbed down from the ladder and flipped the wall switch to turn the fan on. As you can see, it works perfectly once again. Then, it just becomes a matter of putting tools away and cleaning up.
|A Successful Repair|
|Workshop Fan Awaiting Repair|