Not long ago, I made a shop fan from squirrel cage fan out of a residential air handler. Last weekend was particularly hot, and I had the fan running most of the day. When I went out to turn it off, the fan was running but there was a puddle of oil underneath it. Now, or course, it won't start. I assume the capacitor blew up or leaked.
Can a fan such as this be used for continuous use, or is it only suited for on and off operation, as occurs in the normal cycling of an air conditioning unit? Was this just the capacitor's time to go? If I replace the capacitor, am I just throwing money away?
Gary Brady Austin, TX