I added a ceiling fan to an existing circuit with GFCI protection. I know, I know, they say you shouldn't because the inductance from the motor can trip the GFCI. I figured I'd risk that minor inconvenience rather than the major inconvenience of putting in a whole new circuit for one fan.
The fan worked fine for about 8 months. Despite turning it on and off many times, it only tripped the GFCI twice, which never seemed to cause it any harm.
However, today I came home and the fan no longer works. It makes a humming noise, but the fins don't spin. I read online that it could be due to a burned capacitor (why does a fan need a capacitor?), in which case pushing fins by hand to get them spinning should work. It doesn't.
So my question is:
- Could the GFCI tripping as the fan started up cause the capacitor (or any other part of the fan) to burn out?
- Do these symptoms point to any obvious cause? Is it fixable?