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 Posted: Sun Jul 9th, 2006 07:16 pm
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machineguy200 wrote:
I guess I can't really answer your question about the fan. There seems to be 2 basic noises I hear. One is the usual "hum" that seems that it makes when running normally. Right now it its making that noise. It "seems" like it is running correctly right this second and water is flowing through the door dispenser. Although, when I first opened the freezer this morning there was ice in the ice maker but the ice was wet and there were frozen drips including a sort of cool "stalagtite" hanging off one of the sliding trays.

The other of the 2 sounds it makes is the constant whirring of a fan. This fan seemed to be going when the fridge was not keeping cold. That fan is on the backside of the unit at the bottom, sort of centered left to right.

Even though it is keeping cold right now I have no confidence that it is actually fixed and that I coud start using it normally again. Is there a component or components that need replacing?


The fan "Trying to help" is speaking of is the evaporator fan. It is inside the unit, on the freezer side. It blows air over the evaporator, which is cold and then forces that newly chilled air to circulate inside the fridge and freezer. This fan is not spinning at all in my fridge, and I suspect that means I need to replace the defroster thermostat. Although I'm hoping to get confirmation of that. My fan does spin if the correct voltage is applied to it. Anyway, you need to check if your fan is spinning. The way to get to it is to remove everything from the freezer, including the shelves and ice bucket (unless you want water dripping on you). You can leave the icemaker and the motor assembly. Then remove the lower back panel in the back of the freezer section. Here's some pictures. You can click on them for larger versions.

There it is. That's the freezer side with the evaporator panel removed.


Closer up shot. The defrost thermostat has already been removed in the this shot. But I found mine clipped on to the top of the coil on the right side.


The defrost thermostat (removed).

Last edited on Sun Jul 9th, 2006 07:17 pm by trouser chili