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Wine fridge is always running but never cools below room temperature.

We have since replaced the top fan in the back (it keep freezing up, bad bearings?) and now it seems the bottom fan isn't working. After replacing the top fan the unit still wouldn't cool below 60f. And the top fan looks like it is thinking about seizing up again, too. It doesn't seem worth it to keep buying fans from Haier so we are hoping to use a computer case fan (modding the 3 pin for the 2 wires) but that also seems to be tricky as the wires from the fan don't want to stay in the 3 pin holder that the haier takes.

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The processor cooling fans for the CPU and case fans are 3 PINS.. you can use them but remember that these are 12V fans. once its the same power it will work. Ps if needed you can cut the connects from your old fan and connect it to the new ones to get it to fit properly..

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Testimonial: "The fans for the haier are also 12v. The problem is the 3 pin for computers is different than the 3 pin connector the fridge is using (I dont know if there is a male/female issue?). And would I need some sort of crimper to get the wires to go into the connector more securely? "

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Dec 30, 2012

    not really ,, you can just pull them out using a needle nose pliers.. and tap it back in using a small bladed screwdriver.. To be honest i would just cut the wires and solder them together then insulate it with pvc or eletrical tape..

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Dec 30, 2012

    once the wires are insulated and dont touch one another you'll be fine.

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Dec 30, 2012

    and i almsot forgot.. if you look at some of the fan connectors you will notice a pice of it to the back pith the pin metal exposed. this is actually a clip, Use a small screw driver to push the clips back in while pulling with the pliers so you dont ruin the clips.

  • katzblood
    katzblood Dec 30, 2012

    We were tempted to try the soldering if it didnt work. This morning it is down to 53 degrees f so it must be working! Now to see if it lasts! Thank you so much for all of your help.

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Dec 30, 2012

    no problem...

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