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Compressor runs but condenser fan does not,tried

Compressor runs but condenser fan does not run,tried another fan and same thing

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  • tbirdman5901 May 07, 2010

    The fridge is cooling but just the condenser fan does not work and i replaced it and had the same thing on the new fan.

  • tbirdman5901 May 07, 2010

    i will try this out thanks

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Could be the timer /defrost thermostart or heater most time is the timer. When you changing timer, also replace the defrost thermostart.

Fans not running will cause the fresh food and the freezer sections not to work. If the condenser fan (the one under refrigerator) is not working, the compressor will cut off on the overload. If the evaporator fan is not running, there will be no airflow to the freezer or the refrigerator. First walk up to the refrigerator and listen to see if the fans (one in the freezer on one under the bottom) are running. If one is running and the other is not then get to the one that is not running and see if something is blocking it. If there is nothing blocking it then replace it. (Note that some refrigerators cut off the fan inside the freezer when you open the door so be sure that the door switch is depressed when performing this test). Refrigerator fan motors can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.comcompressor runs but condenser fan does not,tried - show?id=6bjnatppuce&bids=92089.10000015&type=3&subid=0 or simply search your part above.

It is recommended by pros to replace the main control board if the condenser fan motor failed. For your model, check the right part number for the main control board is AP4297272

Hope helped.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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    ZJ Limited May 07, 2010


    These GE refrigerators have two fan motors (some models) and both must be operating
    properly for the refrigerator to cool properly. The condenser motor is
    located behind the refrigerator and it must be running anytime the
    compressor is running. If the compressor is running but the condenser
    fan is not, replace the fan motor. The other fan motor is the evaporator
    motor and it is located inside the freezer behind the ice bin. To check
    the evaporator motor, open the door of the refrigerator for more than
    three minutes. After three minutes the evaporator motor should come on,
    if not you must replace the motor and the main board. This is because
    the old fan motor caused the main board to go bad. Behind the
    refrigerator you should see a metal plate about two feet from the floor,
    remove it to access the main board. Be sure to unplug the refrigerator
    before attempting to replace the main board or the fan motor. Use this
    page for more in-depth GE Refrigerator Fan Motor diagnostic (next lines).

    GE Refrigerator Fan Motor Diagnostics
    (For GE’s electronic
    refrigerators made after 2002. Including top-freezers, bottom-freezers,
    and side-by-side models).
    The main board controls the fan motors on these refrigerators. This
    makes them more difficult to check but with the help of this page it is
    easy. On GE electronic refrigerators the main board is located on the
    back of the refrigerator. There is an access panel either on the bottom
    right or the top left of the back of the refrigerator.

    Note that
    not all GE refrigerators made after 2002 are electronic models so if
    there isn’t a main board, your refrigerator isn’t an electronic
    refrigerator and this page doesn’t apply to your refrigerator. However,
    if you have an electronic board and the fan motor isn’t running this
    page will help.

    Note that if you at anytime determine
    that the main board is bad look closely at the board for any burnt
    resistors. If you see a burnt resistor replace the fan that isn’t
    working along with the board because the fan most likely caused the
    board to go bad. So if you only replace the main board the fan will
    cause the new board to go bad as well.


    Below is a
    picture of a main board for a GE electronic refrigerator. It shows the
    location of the J2 plug where testing for fan motors is done. Note that
    the location of the J2 plug may vary depending on the year the
    refrigerator was made. Also the board may be turned sideways.



    Condenser Fan (the fan beside the compressor)


    The condenser fan is the fan located near the compressor and it
    should be running anytime the compressor is running. This section of the
    refrigerator fan motor diagnostics guide will discuss how to test the
    condenser fan on GE electronic refrigerators. If the compressor is
    running but the fan isn’t more than likely the fan is bad but it could
    be the board. Leave all plugs connected even the J2 plug at which you
    will be testing.

    To test this, locate the main board on the back
    of the refrigerator. On that board there is a plug marked J2, this is
    where testing for the fan is done. Set your meter to read DC voltage and
    place your black (common) lead on J2-pin 3 (third pin from left) and
    your red lead on J2 pin 8 you should get 12-14 VDC and if you don’t
    replace the main board. Next, leave your black lead on the same wire and
    test to pin 5 this pin should read 12 VDC, 8VDC, or 4VDC. Note that you
    should only get 4VDC if your refrigerator has a variable speed
    compressor.

    If the voltage is correct and the fan isn’t running
    replace the fan. If the voltage isn’t correct replace the board. This
    refrigerator fan motor can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com As well as the board.

    Good luck.

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