Tip & How-To about Roper RT21AKXKQ Top Freezer Refrigerator

Replacing your evaporator fan.

Have you noticed that when you open the freezer door that you hear a fan running? That's the evaporator fan. When that fan motor goes bad, you'll notice that "the freezer works mostly OK, but the refrigerator/beer section is warm".

Now, this tip is listed for a top freezer but the technique is basically the same for a side by side or even bottom freezer models. Matter of fact, this tip is for all domestic makes and models EXCEPT for Amana (when an Amana evap fan fails, it's generally NOT the failure of the fan motor... 98% of the time the problem is the defrost limiter).

Before you replace the motor, you'll obviously need a new one. Look inside the refrigerator compartment for a "data sticker". Copy the model number off of that (Kenmore's will be all digits and look something like this ***.1234567. Where "*" is a series of 3 digits. Follow this link to see what I mean) and then go online to the Sears parts website (it doesn't matter if you bought your fridge from Sears or not... this is a PARTS lookup only) and enter the model number. Then you can "filter" your search simply by typing "evaporator" (no quotes) into the filter box. Then you have the part number, cool Huh? Armed with this, you can call a local appliance parts retailer OR plug that part number into any search engine and go price shopping!

UNPLUG YOUR FRIDGE BEFORE PERFORMING REPAIRS!!!

Now for the pictorial tutorial...









There ya go! Hope this helps.

SG

Posted by on

Roper RT21AKXKQ Top Freezer Refrigerator Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

my freezer is not blowing cold out. I hear the compressor running but its not getting cold


most likely bad evaporator fan motor located behind the wall in the freezer,when you open the freezer door you should hear the fan blowing in the freezer unless it's in defrost,if you don't hear it check it in 45 minutes if still no fan it's bad.

Oct 03, 2014 | Frigidaire FRS3R5EMB Side by Side...

1 Answer

freezer works but refirgerator is not cold


when you open the freezer door do you hear the fan blowing?if not you have a bad evap fan motor,if the fan is blowing put your hand on the back inside wall of the freezer,if you feel like snow on the back inside wall you have a defrost problem and have to find what part is bad with a meter,bad defrost thermostat,heater or board or timer,send model number next time,ice builds up on the coil and air can't blow into fridge from freezer,could have a bad damper,also if the freezer is on top you could have a blocked drain in the freezer,the air vents freeze up and the fan can't blow air from freezer into fridge because the air ducts are frooze up,all it does is the freezer gets cold,the evaporator fan blows cold air from freezer into fridge section,so either the fan motor is bad,the fan blade is damaged or something is blocking the air like a bad damper or air ducts are frozen up,send the model number and let me know what you find,do you hear the fan,any ice on back freezer wall or anything else you see and i'll try to help you out.

Jun 02, 2012 | Refrigerators

1 Answer

freezer working, refrigerator not


When you open the freezer door do you hear a fan running. If not the evaporator fan that circulates the air throughout the unit has gone bad. Other problem could be heavy frost on the back wall of the freezer but most likely your problem will be the evaporator fan has gone bad. This fan is accessible through the freezer section.

Feb 28, 2010 | Whirlpool 21.7 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

1 Answer

freezer not freezing fridge not cold, freezer frosted up


There is one compressor that serves both the freezer and refridgerator compartments. You need to confirm if the evaporator fan in the freezer compartment is working. When you open the door to the freezer, you should see and hear the evaporator fan in the freezer compartment running. Particularly if there is a demand on the unit through the thermostat setting. If the evaporator fan is not operating, you can check the evaporator fan motor with a volt meter to see if it's getting power. If its getting voltage, but not operating, you need to replace the evaporator fan motor in the freezer compartment. There are 3 wires that attach to the evaporator fan motor. One hot wire, one neutral wire and one ground wire. The ground wire is usually marked green, the voltage wire is usually marked black and the common wire is usually marked white. You should get a reading on your volt meter of a voltage from the hot post to the neutral or from the hot to the ground. If it is getting power but will not operate, then it is definitely a bad fan motor that would need to be replaced.

Oct 03, 2009 | Refrigerators

1 Answer

FREEZER WORKS, REFRIGERATOR DOES'T


There is one compressor that serves both the freezer and refridgerator compartments. You need to confirm if the evaporator fan in the freezer compartment is working. When you open the door to the freezer, you should see and hear the evaporator fan in the freezer compartment running. Particularly if there is a demand on the unit through the thermostat setting. If the evaporator fan is not operating, you can check the evaporator fan motor with a volt meter to see if it's getting power. If its getting voltage, but not operating, you need to replace the evaporator fan motor in the freezer compartment. There are 3 wires that attach to the evaporator fan motor. One hot wire, one neutral wire and one ground wire. The ground wire is usually marked green, the voltage wire is usually marked black and the common wire is usually marked white. You should get a reading on your volt meter of a voltage from the hot post to the neutral or from the hot to the ground. If it is getting power but will not operate, then it is definitely a bad fan motor that would need to be replaced.

Oct 03, 2009 | Refrigerators

Not finding what you are looking for?

3,211 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Roper Refrigerators Experts

Charles T Nevin
Charles T Nevin

Level 3 Expert

4070 Answers

Dan Webster
Dan Webster

Level 3 Expert

8220 Answers

John Tripp
John Tripp

Level 3 Expert

4654 Answers

Are you a Roper Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...