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This most likely indicates a problem with the self defrost system. The most likely cause is a faulty defrost thermostat. Other possible causes are a faulty defrost timer or defrost heater. The defrost timer and the defrost heater can be checked with a multimeter or ohm meter for continuity. If there is no continuity, the component is defective. I would check these items first, and then, if they are good, I would replace the thermostat. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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Evaporator fan is running but refrigerator side still not cool

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The compressor runs and freezer is cold, however the refrigerator side isn't cooling well. Doesn't feel like any air is blowing in the fridge, only the freezer. I tried turning off/resetting the system...

Your model numbers are a waste of time...

Kenmore 5522 / 655224 / 55222 / 55229
Side by Side Refrigerator... PICK One...!!!

"The" fan...??

There should be TWO fans running...

and the FAN that REALLY make the difference in your
described symptoms ... will not run with the DOOR
open (your evaporator fan).

Possible issues:
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defective door switch or control board...

I always preach... giving a troubled refrigerator
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If you are not willing to do that... (3 day defrost)
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Burnig smell, then no cold air from blower

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

This is not what you want to hear but the symptom you describe is exactly what will happen if the evaporator fan motor winding fails. The question is.... did it just fail or.. was the evaporator blocked with ice due to an Automatic Defrosting Problem that resulted in a block of ice forming on the evaporator and locking the fan blades in place causing the fan winding to fail? They do just sometimes out right fail but, you have to consider all possibilites.

I can help you locate an evaporator fan replacement if you respond with your model number or you can go to and do a MODEL search near the top right side of the page using your complete model number.

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I have a kenmore elite bottom freezer refrigerator (trio). When the freezer door is closed a rapid clicking/grinding noise has started. When I open the door, it stops. When I close the light switch at the...

I've heard similar refrigerator noises like yours before. Sounds like the evaporator fan motor, located in the freezer and runs only when the door is closed, is being obstructed, possibly by ice, possibly by some wiring or even a food item. You could have a defrost problem, but you dont mention any refrigerator or freezer temperature problem, so that is likely not it. It is also possible the evaporator fan motor itself is out of balance. If you remove the back wall of the freezer, you will be able to see if there is something obstructing the fan blade, if the motor or shaft is out of balance, when you close the door light switch, check the balance of the shaft, it should not have any wobble at all, in fact, if the fan blade is not attached, you should not be able to tell by looking at the motor shaft if the motor is running or not. Also, just happened to think, if one of the fan blades is even partially broken off, that will cause the motor to be out of balance. But if one of these blades is broken, it was broken by something else, either ice or something, and you may have to find the cause of that, otherwise it may happen again.

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Replace motor evaporator

IF you have a bottom mount freezer then remove the Ice Maker and four panel screws. The air outlet at the top of the panel can be removed with flat blade screw driver. If you have a side by side there is four panel screws for the metal panel. Once you remove the panel in the Freezer and you will see the Evaporator Fan Motor. Once you can see the Fan Motor, just slide it out and remove motor and replace with new.

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I am getting a loud noise from the freezer compartment of my older, Kenmore refrigerator.

The noise may be a failing evaporator fan, but it's more likely to be ice that has accumulated around the fan and the fan blades are hitting it.

You will need to access the fan behind the cover in the freezer to check this out. The unit should be off so the blades aren't moving when you check.

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I have a HotPoint side by side refrigerator. Model # CSX22GAS, my ice is melting and in the freezer section there is a loud noise. as if the motor is running hard.

Below is a link courtesy of, that shows the evaporator fan blade. This may have come loose from the fan motor shaft and may be striking the fan shroud or rattling on the motor shaft
A loose fan blade cause elevated temps. If the fan blade is loose, replace it, not repair it, to avoid further problems.

1. Evaporator Fan Blade:

2. Evaporator Fan Location: Mouse over parts for illustration.

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Evaporator Motor & Fan


you can try to completely defrost the fridge by unplugging it for a day and put you groceries in another fridge, sometime ice dams build up in those and freeze next to the fan blades and cause alot of noise, if its squealing, then its the motor for sure, evaporator motors are usually pretty easy to replace once you study where its at, usually the whole top or bottom and back of freezer has to come out then the motor and fan are right there, keep the fan blade assembly because you put that on the new motor, be extremely careful once you have the bottom and sides out because the coils will be vulnerable to anything if you hit them go to and go to parts area, theres a sears repair store in our town , hopefully in yours or just call around, dont forget to unplug it! hope that helps


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Inside fan motor - evaporator

Yes if you dont hear the evap fan wprking remove rear panel in freezer let me know what you see. Is coil iced over? Is fan running? Is the motor warm? Attempt to spin the blade gently to see if the motor is bound. You can oil these.

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Freezer/Evaporator motor replacement

On my Kenmore bottom freezer, the evaporator fan motor is located behind a grill in the top center of the freezer compartment.  Remove drawers and door.  Pop off the grill by pushing on the tab in the center of the grill and then dislodging one side.  If you see the fan and confirm it isn't working, then you will have to remove the  icemaker.  Disconnect the plug at the rear of the icemaker by pressing on both sides of the plug and pulling.  Then remove the three screws holding the icemaker and remove the icemaker (it will probably have water in it, not ice). 
Push the icemaker female plug through the back panel.
Remove the temp sensor cover on the upper right side of the panel.  Careful.  You need to pop the cover loose, then slide the cover off the sensor. 
Now remove the four screws holding the back panel and remove it.  Try not to let the panel hit the evaporator fins, which are directly behind the panel.  Also, you'll have to be careful to work the temp sensor up over the top of the panel.
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Voila! You have the old motor in your hand.
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