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Cold on bottom, Hot on Top - 596.75303

Freezer is nice and frosty, while refrigerator is 80+ degrees. Found the "how to system check" the fridge sheet on the bottom of the fridge, evaporator fan won't start after stopping (System Check 112), but if I give it a "flick" the fan will limp on. The fan will also stop completely by a "light touch." Is this the notorious evaporator fan problem I've read so much about here? Should I go ahead and order a new Evaporator Fan kit for my Kenmore Elite Trio 596.75333500 (from Or is there another problem since the fan technically still runs? Thanks for all the expert advice so far.

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Re: Cold on bottom, Hot on Top - 596.75303

You are right on the money. I would definitely buy the fan kit because the problem will get worse. I had to replace the evaporator fan on my parents fridge and it was only two years old. You can also download the breakdown diagrams and schematics from

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