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Freezer fan not running

Have freezer fan not turning on ? cool is cold, i think it is thermostat def ? does this gismo make fan run? hotpoint frig.

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    steve May 11, 2010

    Replace the fan motor.

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Often times the defrost termination switch (which opens when it gets warm enough) will hold the fan off until it closes again when the freezer runs. It is possible that the switch is not closing, but be sure the freezer is getting cold enough for it to close.

You know the freezer is likely cold enough when you see frost covering the entire evaporator coil after a few hours of operation. A partial frost pattern could indicate low refrigerant, or a restriction of refrigerant.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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