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Hi I have a whirlpool stand alone fridge/freezer and the freezer part is giving a warning sign on the front where you set the temperature. The temperature changes to two lines and there is a constant beeping. I have switched the appliance off for a few minutes and turned it back on and it happens again. I cleaned out the back of the fridge where the compressor is and it has made no difference. The fan is not running at the back when it is switched on. I am not sure what the model is as I bought it second hand from a friend. It is 6-7 years old.

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  • alexgolledge Jun 22, 2009

    the fan i looked at was at the bottom of the fridge at back, i removed the panel and there is a fan

  • alexgolledge Jun 23, 2009

    I checked the fan and it seems to be working fine now, removed the front panel at the bottom and removed a load of dirt built up on some coils. fridge still not getting cold at the top half of both sides yet bottom half seems ok

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The problem is most likely the temperature control circuit board up front, replace the circuit board, u will need to find out the model to do this, it may be on a tag at back of fridge.

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The fan at the bottom of the of the fridge is called the 'condenser fan'. That fan should be working while the fridge is plugged-in or turned on because it will affect the functionality of the fridge including the temperature inside of it.

The things that you could do to fix that is either check the wiring (if everything's properly connected) or replace the motor.

You need to refer to the user manual of the fridge to see the exact model number or it's better to contact the manufacturer for assistance or for second opinion.

Hope it helps and have a great day!

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Hi,

If your refrigerator is turned on and the compressor is running your freezer fan should be running unless the fan motor is bad.

To take a look at the fan motor.

1. Unplug the refrigerator.
2. Open the freezer door.
3. Clean the freezer out.
4. Remove ice maker, if you have one in the freezer.
5. Remove the back panel inside the freezer.

If you have a meter you can check to see if you have power to the fan motor, but like I said if your refrigerator is on and the compressor is running that fan should be running to, unless it's bad.

If the freezer is not defrosting there could be frost build up around the fan keeping it from turning, but your freezer will be a bit warm too if that is the case.

You will be able to check for frost build up around the fan once you take the back panel off so you can see the fan motor.
Replace the fan motor and that should correct the problem.

Warning: If the condenser fan is not running then the compressor will overheat and go out on overload

Thanks for contacting Fixya

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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    e-Guru Jun 22, 2009

    correct. After consulting its for sure that if u replace the fan motor the issue will resolve. The error signal that you are getting is due to faulty fan motor.

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