Harbor Breeze Ceiling Fan not running fast on High, ..... Medium and Low works

Fan is 4 to 5 years old. It probably has been having this problem for a wh ile till I decided enough is enough this summer.... I removed the remote an d connected directly to the wiring to see if that was the issue. Then I ev en connected the speed switch wires to the hot wire directly one at a time (grey 1, brown 2, purple 3),.... same behavior. I get Low, Medium, Low.... . instead of High, Medium, Low.
Any other thoughts (other than go buy a new ceiling fan :))... Could it be the capacitor...
Thanks
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On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:26:12 PM UTC-5, newbee wrote:

hile till I decided enough is enough this summer.... I removed the remote a nd connected directly to the wiring to see if that was the issue. Then I ev en connected the speed switch wires to the hot wire directly one at a time (grey 1, brown 2, purple 3),.... same behavior. I get Low, Medium, Low..... instead of High, Medium, Low. Any other thoughts (other than go buy a new ceiling fan :))... Could it be the capacitor... Thanks
OK, you have bypassed the switch, so you probably can rule that out. Do yo u have an volt/ohmmeter, if so on the ohms scale you can test the capacitor ? First disconnect the 120V supply, then rove the wire from one end of th e capacitor. Then short the two capacitor terminals together for about 10 seconds, to discharge the capactior. Now, with the ohmmeter set on the hig hest resistance scale, connect one lead to one of the capacitor leads and t hen touch the other ohmmeter lead to the other capacitor lead. The ohmmete r should show a momentary low resistance, going to a high resistance as the ohmmeter charges up the capacitor.
It might be nice to tell us make and model of the fan, someone may know of a family history of similar problems.
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