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Motor stopped running but lights & ice maker OK

Posted by ruth_pros397 on Feb 15, 2009 Whirlpool sbs Fridge Freezer had been running a little louder than usual over some months, cutting in & out as usual but louder, suddenly noticed the motor stopped after a couple of days, freezer stopped working but ice maker was working, lights on, fridge not working as well as it could. The jambs to the doors are very hot (black frame where the seals on doors close against). Could this be that the motor is shot? or compressor? or something less hopefully?
ps had to replace icemaker a few weeks ago with success .... i assume this had nothing to do with above?

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This is most likely a bad condenser fan motor. pull refrig from wall remove compartment cover on rear and inspect the fan that cools the compressor. it is either jammed or seized up and needs replacing. while your at it you may want to clean the condenser coils as well they most likely have dust and lint build up on them. this motor is fairly easy to replace yourself if your mechanicaly inclined the part number should be 833697blade and can be purchased online, at a local appliance parts supply house, or thru a sears parts and servie center near you.
to keep the unit working until you get it repaired you can put a house fan blowing on the compressor area to keep it cool and this will get temps back to normal and cool down that center frame as well.
Thanks Peyton..

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