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Model HSS25IFMDWW "bottom" Fan is not operating.

I think it's called the evaporator fan, but not sure about that. It's the fan that's down on the bottom in the back, it cools the cylindrical coils down there.

Well, it's not operating. It gets cool in the freezer and coolish in the fridge, but obviously it's not operating correctly. I first noticed something was seriously amiss when the ice cubes were melting down the front and my ice cream was liquid.

I know it's not the fan motor itself that's bad. Because I've replaced it. I wish I had typed this before dropping the $40 for a new one.

I'm assuming it's thermostatically controlled, and it's a sensor thats gone out. What would really be helpful here is a schematic or someone that "knows something" about the sensors in this specific model.

I'm hoping against hope that it's not the main board, since that's gonna cost me around $90 or more. Please, can't it just be a really simple to get to sensor that I can buy for five bucks and plug the ****** in? heh. Fat chance, right?

It's about five years old.

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  • psycholabs Sep 27, 2008

    Some more information:

    I did check the Voltage coming out of the fridge to the fan socket before going ahead and buying another fan. It came out to around 13v DC, which I found fascinating considering the fan has on it the spec "11.3V", "1.9W".

    Of course, not having any clue as to exactly which wire was supposed to be ground and the other ones hot or what, I figured it was pumping out the voltage and it was worth the money to get the fan.

    I was wrong :)

    Maybe I could whip up a little DC power supply and hook it up to the motor separately just to make the thing work. (that's about half joke.)

    I would just do that and run it but I'm afraid there's something else the matter and doing that is only going to make things worse, read: more expensive, down the road. Right now it's off and I'm living off frozen things that I can keep in the chest freezer downstairs.



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You are correct in assuming that it is the evap fan. its purpose is to dissipate heat captured from the freon as it leaves the compressor. it could be that your defrost timer is faulty, but very hard to diagnose online.

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