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Refridgerator cooling air flow direction.

Kenmore side by side refridgerator12 years old, fitted with a new GE fan motor draws air in from the front of the fridge and out (hot/warm) at the back of the firdge through the cardboard grill. Is this the right direction of flow or does it matter?

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Hello , this is the correct direction for airflow and its why there is always dust buildup on the cardboard panel. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Probably the 'Chinese fan syndrome.'
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Try this: When you hear the compressor is running, look for vents in the back of the refrigerator side and hold some wet fingers in front of these. Under normal circumstances, there should be an easily noticeable flow of air coming from these vents that represents the fridge's share of the cooled air. If there is none or is very little flow, the fan has either slowed (sticky sleeve bearings) or the fan has stopped completely.

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If they do, you will have a line drawing illustration of your appliance which you can use to see how to access and replace the fan yourself.
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