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Need to replace evaporator fan GE profile performance TNX model

I think my fridge's evaporator fan just ground to a halt (at least that's what it sounded like), but I can't see how to actually get to it to replace it----can anyone help?

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Unfortunately, the evaporator fan has probably frozen in water trapped in the defrost drain. This seems to be a common problem with these GE bottom freezer models. You can shut it off for 12-14 hours and leave the doors open and it will thaw and drain into the freezer compartment. But you probably have food that you would need to put into another refridgerator to do this. Another option is to take out the bottom liner of the refridgerator to do this - I had a service man do it the first time it happened - he then used hot water and a hair drier to get rid of the ice that was stopping the fan. Unfortunately, it seems once this problem starts happening, it will continue to reoccur and I have not found a long term solution yet

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Jaalbregtse's solution is incomplete, after taking out the drawers, floor and bottom insulation of the fridge to expose the fan you must clear out all of the ice as they've said, however after this go to the back of the fridge and remove the metal insulation cover covering the drain line. You will see a black plastic snake-like shaped section of the drainage system. Remove this section and clean it out with a turkey baster with warm water. This section can get blocked up with either dust and mould or it can have the water freeze up the line causing a blockage. If you suspect that it is the water freezing up do not recover this section of the line with the metal insulated cover.

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I have had this problem three times in the past year. Prior to that the unit ran, cooled and defrosted just fine.

I have replaced the fan motor, checked the heater and circuit, cleaned the drain tube and shortened the end of "L" section by 1/8."

The ice that forms in the drain tube extends into the tube by about a 1/2". Once melted, water flow down the tube rapidly.

It is very humid in the NW, but something else seems to have occured with this unit.

Does anone have another idea, I am about ready to go back to a top freezer?

Iced in Olympia

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If your fridge is still under warranty, GE will tell you there's nothing wrong and that maybe you just need ear plugs.

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