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Freezer fan is not working

The compressor fan at the back of the fridge is working and the inside of the unit is cool, but the fan in the freezer is not running and doesnt maintain freezing temperature.

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  • Ron Curtis Jun 02, 2007

    We think that may be the case. I believe it was in it's auto defrost cycle.

    It's freezing now, but still not very cold and the fan has yet to kick in. We'll see how it goes in the next day or so.

    Thanks for replying.



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The fan may be jammed due to ice build up. in the first instance i would give the unit a full defrost for 48 hours then see if the fan starts after, if not the fan motor may be u/s.

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