Bad run capacitor, most likely.
Christopher A. Young
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I have a very old, high powered floor fan that has a hard time getting
started. It spins freely when spun by hand, but often - not always -
needs a little nudge to get running at full speed. It starts, but it
turns really slow until I nudge the blade.
As I said, with the motor off it spins freely, so I don't think it's a
bearing issue in my case.
Once it's up to speed it can dry a pair of newly washed pair of jeans
in less than a hour. It swivels from 45 degrees downward to 180
degrees up. We often put it under the clothesline in the basement,
point it straight up and dry clothes that we need quickly but don't
want to put in the dryer.
There's no safety screen and I imagine that at top speed it would do
some serious damage to a body part.