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KitchenAid KSSC42QMS01 The condenser fan is not working. Is it safe to let the refrigerator run until the repairman can get to it or should I shut it off until it's fixed? I obviously don't want to cause any additional damage. Is the fan something an average handyman can fix?

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    Mike Smith May 12, 2010

    You can have a regular small fan blowing on the compressor until the refrig fan motor is replaced . You should easily be able to replace . Only 3 screws hold the motor on .

  • mg12480 May 13, 2010

    It turned out to be the control board and not the fan.

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No it is not safe it can damage the compressor internal overload. Fans must work when compressor is on. Thanks, Sea Breeze

Posted on May 12, 2010

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  • John Tripp
    John Tripp May 12, 2010

    I left out part of your answer and yes it is something you could do if you know or have someone to help get me voltage readings, if you would like my assistance just tell me here. Sea Breeze

    Please rate my solution after I have helped you resolve the problem and communicate with me. I am offering my help to you free. If need you may contact me here on Fixya or my Forum=> Appliance 911 My contact information is located above the Fixya Ad on my blog here=> Sea Breeze Appliance Parts and Technical Services, www.pcappliancerepair.com
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  • John Tripp
    John Tripp May 12, 2010

    Yes you can place a fan there and replace the fan motor if the fan is part defective. I would also want to make sure that you get 120 volts at test point P6 #1 to neutral coming from motherboard to insure the fan is the problem. I also have found that some models have a cycle relay place on condenser to turn the fan on and off as needed. Click here=> KSSC42QMS01 Wiring Diagram, I will try to locate a fan motor part number ASAP, Thanks, Sea Breeze

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp May 12, 2010

    Click Here for Condenser Fan Motor Assembly=> 2206036 or 1378525 Fan Motor top of page. If you need further assistance please let me know, Sea Breeze


  • John Tripp
    John Tripp May 12, 2010

    All Technical Sheets for your model can be found Here=> Model Number KSSC42QMS01 near bottom and each sheet tells a little more about service and test along with diagnostic of your model. I hope that aasc and I have helped you and feel free to as each of us for answers, and Thanks for using Fixya, Sea Breeze

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp May 13, 2010

    Sorry it was the control board.I did want you to check the power coming to the fan and not just change out the fan. I realize for some people that these things to do are best left for a qualified technician. At Fixya we have a lot of DIY, Do it Yourselfers that want to do it with assistance. A fan also will not always just stop when going bad. They also can damage the same part of the motherboard if not tested per Whirlpool's Authorize Technicians. Whirlpool now owns KitchenAid , Maytag, Samsung, Jenn-Air, Amana and the list goes on. Let us know if you have any other help request and just maybe it will be something easy, Thanks, also for telling us what the problem was. This helps many others as they read your post. Thanks, Sea Breeze

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