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Evaporator fan my fan that blows on the evaporator coil seems to be running all of the time. I noticed that I had water in the drain pan so I cleaned it and while I was doing that I cleaned the vacuumed the dust and such off the coils. Now the drain pan is empty but I have a fan running all of the time. Any suggestions?

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Check and make sure that you didn't knock a piece of insulation down onto the condenser fan when you were vacuuming off the coil. When the fan is blocked it can cause the compressor to what is called short cycle and the refer will never get up to temp. Also check your door seals. Insert a dollar bill between the gasket and frame and gently pull on it. It should be fairly tight as you check all the way around the gaskets if not you may have to replace the gaskets or adjust the door. As for the pan underneath. It should have a little moisture in it every 8 to 12 hours as it is the capture pan for the self-defrost. If not you could have a problem with your defrost heater check for ice build up on the back panel of the freezer. If there is a build up then your refer is not going into defrost and you may have a problem with the defrost heater, defrost timer, defrost thermo., etc. Be sure and check all these areas as you don't want to throw money away needlessly.

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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

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