This is not precisely on-topic, but this group is resourceful, and it does concern an electronic component.
The no-name ceiling fan over our kitchen table was making a strange odor of the "electrical" variety. I feared it was coming from the insulation of the motor wiring, but googling suggested the capacitor as the common source of smells. One or more self-healing film caps are potted into a rectangular package. With failed caps the package bulges, according to pictures that people posted.
So, before I took everything apart, I decided to find a store that stocked such capacitors. Then I would gut the thing and run over with the bad part, come back with the good one, wire it in, and have the whole thing buttoned up before my wife got home and started complaining about the chaos I always introduce to her life. (In fairness, there are a lot of ziplock bags with parts in them around here.)
But the usual suspects don't seem to carry them. Not appliance part stores or electrical supply stores. I couldn't find them listed at Home Desperate or Louse. There were only a couple of online ceiling- fan-part-only outfits, which I try to avoid: I like to show the counter guy what I need, have him give it to me, pay, go home, and replace.
Any ideas? If I must buy online I must, but I would really rather not