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Fan on evaporator motor makes clipping noise

I have a Kenmore refrigerator, model number 795.73954300, serial number 310MR00089, that is about four or five years old. As described in the subject line, there is a clipping noise that sounds like a fan hitting up against something. I am assuming it is my fan evaporator motor going out or the fan hitting against something. My problem is, I have never worked on this -- or any other -- refrigerator before and I am asking if anyone knows how to disassemble the freezer -- or if needed, the refrigerator -- with step-by-step instructions. Thank you very much.

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SOURCE: Kenmore 596.72913200 Refrigerator is Warm, but Freezer is Cold

There should be a push in switch on the door frame that you can push to see if the evaporator fan is functioning. You will be able to hear it when you push in on the switch.

If your problem is defrost related you will see frost buildup on the back wall of the freezer . If it is defrost related it will be ether the timer, heater, or defrost thermostat that is your problem. If it is the timer, locate where the timer is. Sometimes located in the area of the temperature controls with a hole through which you can turn a clutch head screw clockwise very SLOWLY until you hear one audible click. This will start the defrost. if after 30 minutes it defrosts but does not start cooling again turn the screw just a little further and you will hear another click. The compressor should start. If this is you conditions the timer needs to be replaced. If it fails to defrost and restarts to cooling mode after 18-22 minutes the problem is in the defrost heater circuit.

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Refrigerator 596.72913200 refrigerator is cold and freezer is cold but nothing is frozen

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Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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SOURCE: 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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Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Noisy Evaporator Fan on a Kenmore model 596.76579600 refrigerator

The replacement evaporator fan for your model is a part number 12002744

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SOURCE: Kenmore 596.72913200 refrigerator cold, freezer cold but not freezing

good day,
hope this link below will solve your problem.


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How do you replace evaporator fan motor on kenmore part no 106 8539380?

unplug refrigerator, empty freezer compartment, remove inside back panel to expose motor. unplug electrical connector, remove bracket mounting screws, remove motor from bracket. reverse to reinstall

Jun 26, 2014 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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That error code is "SY" and not "5Y" and it is for the evaporator sensor error. You will need to replace the sensor.Here is the part to order.

The part comes with a 365 day, any part, any reason return policy.

Access the evaporator assembly cover in the rear of the freezer section. In convertible units that can function either as refrigerators or freezers, and is located toward the bottom of the unit on the inner back wall -- if necessary, remove the two lower glass shelves and the crisper compartments.

Remove the screws securing the evaporator cover to the freezer wall, using a Phillips screwdriver.

Pull the evaporator cover away from the wall just enough to access the electrical connection behind the cover. Be careful not to damage the gaskets on either side of the evaporator cover. Reach behind the cover and disconnect the electrical connection from its wiring harness. Remove the evaporator cover from the freezer.

Remove the wires inside the exposed evaporator assembly from their retaining clips, then squeeze the quick-connect mechanism to detach the wires from the fan motor.

Remove the two hex-head screws that hold the fan motor mounting bracket to the back wall of the unit, using a 5/16-inch socket or nut driver.

Remove the two hex-head screws holding the fan motor to the mounting bracket, using the 5/16-inch socket or nut driver, then pull the fan blade off the motor shaft.

Examine the fan to make sure the blades are not damaged; if necessary, replace the fan itself as well as the motor. Slide the fan onto the motor shaft.

Attach the new motor to the mounting bracket, using the 5/16-inch socket or nut driver to secure the two hex-head screws.

Replace and tighten the two hex-head screws that hold the fan motor mounting bracket to the back wall of the unit, using the 5/16-inch socket or nut driver.

Reattach the the fan motor wires by clipping them back into the quick-connect mechanism, and set the wires back into their retaining clips in the same manner as they were attached.

Set the evaporator assembly cover back into place, then reach behind and connect the electrical connection into the wiring harness.

Secure the Phillips screws that hold the evaporator cover to the freezer wall.

Replace the shelves and crisper compartments if they were removed, then plug the refrigerator into its power source and verify proper operation.

Richard Roth

Nov 07, 2012 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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Noise from condenser fan. I cleaned the blade and the surronding area. Put some w-d 40 but the noise is still there. It is cold. Should I replace the motor? how hard is it to do? kenmore coldspot...

Go to enter your model number and select model number search.

Here you can see a diagram of the unit. The fan motor cost 95 dollars.

It depends on the type of noise it is making.

These motors when failing tend to hum when trying to start which is a sign of a dry bearing.

Rattling sounds or ting ting ting sounds are either a lose fan blade (check the cheap retaining clip on the front of the shaft .. it may have wiggled forward causing the blade to wobble) or a lose mounting screw.

Also I can't tell from the diagram how close the fan is to the drip tray(tray evaporator) These fans not only aid in removing heat from the condenser.. they help evaporate the water in the drip tray.

If you remove the motor.. have it tested before replacing it. At a hundred bucks it's worth a trip to a good electric motor shop.They generally will test it for free.

If you are able to determine the voltage and hook it up out of the cabinet you may save yourself a trip.

Chances are it's a lose mounting screw or that front blade retaining clip.

Best of luck!

Apr 30, 2011 | Kenmore 64254 / 64252 / 64259 Top Freezer...

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I have a kenmore model # 59675522400 The fridge is

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly. You have most likely found the problem being the evaporator fan is turning slowly. Most of the time if there is a voltage problem with and evaporator fan they just do not turn at all. I suspect that the fan bearings are dry and the armature is not turing full speed.

Sometimes you can lubricate the motor with a parrifin based oil and revive them. Most of the time on the white motors lubrication does not work as you can only lubricate one of 2 bearings due to the motor design.

Your evaporator fan motor is here: Detailed view

Component location view: (item 18)

All other parts:

The Evvaporator fan motor voltage should be 120 VAC across the 2 fan motor wires.

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Nov 19, 2010 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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I have a kenmore elite side by side bottom freeze frig.There is a huming noise coming from the frig.sounds like the compressor. The freezer is starting to frost over. I can make the noise stop by opening...

Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.
The humming noise your hearing is the evaporator fan blades striking the ice build up on the evaporator. The fact that you have ice build up is a sure sign your refrigerator is not defrosting.
The door switch controls power to the evaporator fan.

I am going to use this model number 106.57071791 as a parts reference that MAY be different from your actual model but it is close. This model is a mechanical control refrigerator. You may have the electronic control version.

Take a look at item 6 this link:

It will be located in the top left of center & front of your fresh food compartment. It will be circular and will have 2 tabs on it with an incline so that if you were to rotate the tabs with something flat it would only turn ONE direction.

Either use your finger nail or something flat to SLOWLY rotate that until you hear an audible click. (Everyting stops but the lights) This is initiating an automatic defrost cycle. After about an hour come back and check to see if your refrigerator has re-started. If it has not restarted there is definately a problem with the automtic defrost circuit. That can be the timer (listed above), The defrost element under the evaporator, the Bi-metal thermostat on the evaporator or wiring.

All parts can be found via this link / section

If none of the links work go to and enter your model number where it says find it fast and choose model search.

I guessed at the model number so if this does not resemble your refrigerator or you have the electonic control board type refrigerator please respond with your model number.

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Oct 09, 2010 | Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side...

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I have a bottom freezer kenmore refrigerator model 596.72253200 and its making a grinding sound coming from the freezer. i found out that when the light its off on the freezer its when the noise starts

The noise your hearing is the evaporator fan. This is a sign of an automatig defrosting problem. Here is what you can do to prove that it is NOT an evaporator problem and most likely an automatic defrosting problem:


1 Empty the freezer contents
2. Unplug the refrigerator
3. Place a fan blowing into the freezer section for about 2 hours.
(This will make a dripping water mess so be ready with the rags and the mop.)
4. After 2 hours wipe up the last bit of water mess.
5. Plug in the Freezer
6. Load freezer contents.
7. Listen for grinding noise.

My bet is the grinding noise is gone. However if you still hear it the evaporator fan motor has bad bearings in it.

The evaporator fan motor can be found here: (Item 18)

If the noise is gone keep an eye on the unit after 2 days because if there is an automatic defrosting problem the noise WILL repeat.

The defrost control is item 13 this link: (Backordered)

Part number is: 12566102

I did find it in stock here:

There can be other reasons for not defrosting properly but the control is the most common failure.

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Sep 07, 2010 | Refrigerators

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I have a Kenmore elite bottom freezer model. The fan started making a funny noise.

The evaporator fan is located at the back of the freezer. It may be necessary to remove obstructions such as the contents of the freezer, freezer shelves, ice maker and the rear inside panel of the freezer. The rear panel may be held in place by retainer clips or screws. Remove the screws or depress the retainer clips with a small screwdriver. Check the fan for warped blades. if the blades are warped or mis-aligned, replace the blade. This fan also is protected by a shroud as well, and it will make noise if the fan blade is damaged and rubbing against it. Check the rear condenser fan as well for faults. It is possible that the noise is coming from the motor itself. If that is the case, you will need to replace the affected motor.

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Evaporator fan not working!!

The fan on this model is only 12 volts. Make sure that is what your replacement is rated.

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Evaporator fan noise. How do I access the evaporator fan motor to replace it?

Turn off the refrigerator. Remove the freezer shelving and bins. Remove the screws holding the rear panel inside the freezer. Repair or replace the fan motor.
You may also have to remove bin supports from the side wall to get the panel out depending upon your model. The model number posted is incomplete.

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Noisy Evaporator Fan on a Kenmore model 596.76579600 refrigerator

The replacement evaporator fan for your model is a part number 12002744

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