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Fan does not come on in refrigerator. Removed and tested fan and it works. Freezer get cold.

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  • neljer Sep 09, 2009

    Not being familiar with this q&a system, I failed to list the
    model. This is an older GE refrigerator, model TBF18AEC, so no main board (1970's I think). Any suggestions...?

  • neljer Sep 09, 2009

    two door, upper freezer

    The fan in question is the one in the freezer section for dissipation of cold air. The freezer freezes ice quickly.

    Thanks.


  • neljer Sep 09, 2009

    Sorry for the delay. I had to check in at work.

    The fan does not work, no matter the switch position. There is no voltage at the fan connections.

    The cabinet interior lights do work when the door is opened.

    I did unplug the unit when removing and reinstalling the fan motor.

    Back to work...




  • neljer Sep 10, 2009

    Yes, we are talking about the fan in the freezer that blows cold air into the refrigerator cabinet through a vent or damper. Opening the door and pushing "both" door buttons does not actuate the fan. Turning the fan by hand with the buttons pressed didn't work either. I removed the fan itself and tested it. It does work, just not in the unit.

    This is an oldie, a GE model TBF18AEC, so no boards or electronics, not that I could see... (serial # GE591043)

    Thanks


  • neljer Sep 10, 2009

    Some observations:

    The freezer freezes ice quickly.

    The cooling coils for the freezer are in the bottom of the freezer compartment - no ice build up on the evaporator coils.

    The temp in the lower "refrigerator" compartment runs about 48-50 degrees, not cool enough, but surprising considering the fan doesn't work.

    The compressor seems to run continuously.

    The front edge of the "partition" between the freezer and the refrigerator compartment is noticeably warm (not hot to the touch but warm) when the unit is plugged in, cool when it is unplugged.

    Any thoughrts?

    Meanwhile, I will locate and check out the defrost timer...

    Thanks!


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So you have a fan in the fridge side or are you talking about the fan in the freezer. With the model number I can be sure but if the fan is not running and the compressor is running you may have a motherboard or electronic control which tells the fan when to run. The fan in the freezer normally blows air into the fridge through a vent or damper.
The fan may not run when the door is open so make sure the door switch is pushed. When the unit is in the defrost cycle the fan will be off.
see where model number is here http://www.appliancepartspros.com/modelnumber_locator.aspx

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

  • Charles T Nevin
    Charles T Nevin Sep 10, 2009

    No voltage at the fan.
    Is the defrost system working or do you have a lot of ice build up on the evaporator coils behind the back cover inside the freezer. Since the fan won't run in the defrost mode I'm thinking the defrost timer could be stuck in the defrost mode not letting the fan run. But this would also mean that the defrost heater wasn't on or you would notice the heat and the compressor wouldn't run to cool the freezer.


    It's possible the timer is blocking the voltage to the fan but is still running. If you can bypass the timer you can test this theory. You can locate and test the timer here> How to check stuff>

    http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance...


    I will continue to think on this problem. Good luck.


  • Charles T Nevin
    Charles T Nevin Sep 10, 2009

    It seems you may have another fan problem. The condenser fan underneath with the compressor should also be running with the compressor. It can be the cause of the warm walls.


    A light frosting on the coils in the freezer is normal. If there is no sign of any frost there could be a problem with the freon level or the compressor.

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Keep the refrigerator door open for more than three minutes and see if the fan turns on.
If the fan does not start after 5 or more minutes then the main board is probably faulty.
You will need to replace the fan motor and the main board. This is because the old fan motor has damaged the main board.
Look behind the refrigerator and you should see a metal plate about two feet from the floor, remove it to access the main board. Remember to unplug the refrigerator before attempting to replace the main board or the fan motor.

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

  • Adnan Bhatti
    Adnan Bhatti Sep 09, 2009

    Please provide the refrigerator appearance and type: whether it is two-door, one-door, bottom-freezer or other.
    Are you mentioning the fan which is inside the refrigerator for dissipation of cold air or the one near the compressor? I need these details to provide you further help.

  • Adnan Bhatti
    Adnan Bhatti Sep 09, 2009

    Are you sure that the fan does not turn on inside the refrigerator? It only turns on when you close the door. Open the door and close the door latch switch by hand (simulating a closed door).
    Next (with the door latch pressed) try turning the fan blades.
    If the fan turns on then the problem is with the defroster.
    Let me know if you can turn it on then I can tell you how to proceed to repair the defroster.
    Also please reply if you are sure the fan does not turn on.



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