Ceiling Fan and Capacitor


Old 04-29-04, 11:09 AM
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How to connect a 4 wire ceiling Fan w.o. a capacitor

Sorry to bother you specialists again with fans, but I couldnt find any mentioning of the capacitor or my fan outlets.

my fan Nicor (3 speed+light) has 5 wires, black, white, blue, red and ground.

It came with a remote receiver, a wall switch with on/off and 2 push buttons and a 3 wire capacitor. Wiring was done with hot/neutral/ground only to the remote receiver. Pressing the push buttons on the wall switch 1,2,3 times changed the light output and fan speed.

After initial install it worked fine for a week, then stopped. Brought everything to the shop. They said power surge destroyed the receiver.
Instead of again installing a remote receiver (dont like them anyway), I bought a Hampton switch, dual slide wall control. This should have been no problem, as I have a 4 wire box (2 hot, 1 neutral, ground), so I could use one hot for light, the other for the fan.

Then I realized the shop has not returned the capacitor and now claims a) they never got it, b) they gave it back, c) they dont know its specs and d) it would run without.

It does not.

In the original install the red and white from the fan were connected to red and white from the capacitor, the 2. white from the cap to white in the ceiling box.

I tried to just connect white and red from the fan to white from the box.
The fan starts after switching the wall switch on, but does not react on the different speed levels and GETS HOT/stinky after some minutes, so I stopped that experiment.

I'm lost now, as I dont have the specs for the fan and/or cap, nothing on the Nicor website and nothing in this forum about caps or 4 wire fans

any help would be apreciated, before I burn this fan

Last edited by mrbarth; 05-01-04 at 06:13 PM. Reason: Titel misleading ?
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Old 05-01-04, 06:10 PM
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Seems too complicated ?
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You need the capacitor. Call the fan manufacturer and find out what capacitor you need. If you can't get the specs, consider a new fan.
Old 05-02-04, 07:21 AM
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ceiling fan and capacitor

Are you sure you are missing the capacitor? Every ceiling fan that i have installed has the capacitor factory installed towards the bottom of the fan, where the light kit would attach. That items is not usually left up to the installer to install.
Old 05-07-04, 04:27 PM
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Thank you all,
yes, I'm missing the cap. 3 wires in/out and I had installed it. The fan is 4 weeks old. A power surge destroyed the remote receiver, I brought everything to the shop, got no cap back, recognized that while reinstalling.
Shop states to: a) know nothing about a cap b) gave it back to me c) fan runs without. :-))))

The Fan is not on Nicors website, although a new model.

Any change I can find out what cap to use in some other way ????
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