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My evaporator fan is not working even though I have power to the fan from the harness. The fan works when tested running power straight to it on the bench, and the leads have continuity to the fan motor, but when plugged up no power shows on the leads. Any advice?

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  • troutman61 Feb 01, 2010

    Thanks, I didn't realize until after I posted I was in an Amana forum. I actually have a 1996 42" kitchenaid side by side, I don't think it had the door switch to the fans and the defrost thermostat seems to be working as it did go into the defrost mode recently. I forgot to mention we had a power outage from the storm yesterday, when it came back on could a surge or low voltage have fried anything else?

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Good day,
One possibility is the door has a fan switch on it, and would not run if the door was open, or the switch was bad. Some models had a switch in the freezer on the top or side of the housing where the door mates to it.
As well some had 2 fan switches. The one described as well as an other one in the food compartment as well.
In either door, the switch may be a combination switch with 4 wires connected to it. 2 for the light, 2 for the fan.

In addition, many Amana's had the power to the fan routed thru the defrost thermostat. It's a round disk clipped to the top of the coil with 2 wires coming out of it. It's about 1" in diameter.
The purpose of wiring it that way, was so the fan wouldn't start running after a defrost cycle until the coil reached 20 degrees or colder.

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  • John Hall Feb 01, 2010

    Good day,
    Yes, Kitchenaid is totally different.
    If your sure the fan motor is running O.K. when you hard wire it, then it has to be the source.
    Power outages can do nothing up to major problems. There is no specific diagnoses to this issue.
    This fan motor shares the same power source when it is on, with the compressor and condenser cooling fan motor. If these are working O.K. then it will involve tracing the wiring back to the source.
    I'm not sure if it uses a solid state circuit board, so if you want to supply the complete model number, I can
    check it for you.
    Power outages/spikes tend to ruin induction loads such as motors and boards. Not wiring.


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