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My McCall refridgerator's fan is not turning

So, my fridge's fan won't turn but the cooling unit comes on. The fridge will heat up to about 100 degrees. I cleaned all the coils and when I turn the fridge on it makes a whining noise fom the fan. I think there's something stuck in the fan but I can't find a way to the fan without taking the whole cooling unit apart.

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There is a possibility that the motor has failed due to long term moisture exposure

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