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I have a Kenmore refrigerator model # 596.71274101. I need a compressor fan motor part # 10522105 but I am unsure of the connection on the parts that are online. My fan motor has a white plastic plug on the electrical connection that I must have on the new part. Does this part come with this connection or is it shipped with bare wire? I have seen it online but it always shows it with bare wire without the plug connection. My freezer is not getting as cold as it should be. I took a look at the condensor fan and it was not working while the unit was running. I touched it with my finger and it began to spin in my opinion slowly. I think this is the problem but the connection for the fan worry's me.

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  • djs30 Dec 21, 2007

    I will try the above. Just to add a little more if anybody has any thoughts as to why the freezer is no longer as cold as it should be. As I have stated I don't think the condenser fan is working properly but i'm not convinced this is the problem. The condenser is running and the coils in the freezer are not frozen. When I looked at them there was only some slight frost ...maybe and inch from the top down....on the upper right portion of the coils. The fans inside are running. The condenser and coils under the freezer....freezer on bottom....are warm but not hot to the touch. When the unit is running it has always been kind of noisy. Sometimes is sounds like it is speeding up and slowing down....like a whirling noise....but randomly at different sounding speeds. It has always done this....when it was working fine and now. I have read so much on the internet about this problem I am torn as to what the problem really is. I am going to take the back panels off again and place a fan blowing on the condenser and coils to see if that makes a difference, and to kind of take the place of the faulty fan. Any suggestions?

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Djs...some service parts, as they are called do come without the connector. The good news is that you CAN do this. When you get your part, unplug your fridge from the outlet. Remove the plug from the fridge harness and remove the old motor. Verify that the mounting holes or brackets will fit. If so, cut the wires about 2 inches from the end of the plug. Strip them and twist them each together tightly with a motor wire. It is unimportant which of the two motor wires goes to which plug wire unless there are more than two wires...which I doubt. Push the pigtail over the length of one of the wires and tape securely, stretching the tape. When you restart your unit, have a look at the compressor. The large pipe should frost over, then clear after about 5 minutes to ice, dry or wet. If it stays frosty...it means low gas which can cause cooling issues. Clean the condenser while you're at it. You should be fine.

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  • Robert Hirst Dec 23, 2007

    Okay, if you have access to the coils in the freezer, you can determine exactly how the unit is working. You should have a light frost all the way across the coils...end to end...after about 5 minutes. If you're watching, you should see it happen. If it only goes part way...that is where the liquid refrigerant is no longer sufficient to continue boiling into a gas. You will need to have gas added so that it happens that way. Be sure that you don't have iced up coils...they are the ones that don't cool. Hope this is clear.

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