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Fan motor ???

I hear a loud chirping sound in the top compartment of freezer ,it stops and starts with air flow When fan runs constant there is no noiseMy question is is it a fon motor or the componet that controles the fan It chirps on and off for several minutes then quits for 30minutes .1 hour, sometimes more How accecable is this fam thank you howard

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  • howardpc Dec 10, 2008

    Thank you for your help I replaced fan motor as instructed so far its working after one week dthanks again Howard

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fan motor ??? - ef452b7.jpg I will send another figure then instructions

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  • Charles Caldwell Nov 20, 2008


    Now I will send you some instructions

  • Charles Caldwell Nov 20, 2008

    Some tips and procedures on replacing a common Whirlpool evaporator fan motor....

    Disconnect power before servicing!!



    - Unplug refrigerator

    - Remove the screws and the back wall of the freezer

    - Remove fan motor

    - Install the 2 mounting grommets and the 2 sleeves from the fan motor kit onto the new motor as shown in Figure 2. NOTE: On models with foam-insulated cabinets and special screw grommets ( shown in Figure 1 ) - Do not use the 2 sleeves provided in the kit to mount the motor.

    - Mount push-on fan blade onto the motor

    - Connect wire leads to the new motor

    - Mount the new motor to the liner with the 2 screws provided in the kit. NOTE: Porcelain liner models may require breaking off the ends of the mounting brackets where shown in Figure 2.

    - Plastic liner models do not need the parts in this kit.

    - Make sure that the fan blade spins freely

    - Reinstall the cover panel

    - Plug in the refrigerator

  • Charles Caldwell Nov 20, 2008

    This is typical of a bad evaporator fan motor.Usualy this is pretty straight forward if you are mechanicaly inclined. Of course you will have purchase a evaporator fan motor kit from an appliance supply store. Take your model numder and brand with you. They will be able to give you the correct motor.

  • Charles Caldwell Nov 21, 2008

    If this was helpfull to you, will you please rate me. I would so much apreciate that.

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