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GE profile pfs22miwaww runs all the time, unit is hot to the touch, freezer is up to 23 degrees and the condenser fan only runs very slowly (coil is clean). I put a small fan behind the unit and it worked normally

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  • terrysievers Jun 01, 2010

    I forgot to mention that the fan turns freely and I oiled it anyway. sorry

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You may be able to just lubricate your condenser fan. There is a lubricant called "Zoom Spout" that is a paraffin based oil that you should use to do the lubrication. The oil is available at most appliance parts sources and usually at the Sears parts service counter. It is less than $3.00. You need to oil then wipe the armature shaft clean by gently tugging on the fan to lift it and wipe again and then re-oil the shaft front and rear of the condenser fan motor. The fan bearings get dirty and cause the fan to run slow. Any other type of oil will work for 30 days or less and then it will start running slow again. Just use the correct lubricating oil the first time and save yourself some money and time in the future.

Some of the condenser fan motors you can remove the bearing mounting hardware and slide the bearing up on the fan motor shaft to allow for cleaning the gunk off of the shaft that is causing the bearing drag. If you do take it apart note the bearing mount positions BEFORE you take them apart. I usually scribe one side of each bearing mount in a different place so that you do not install them backward.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Kelly

Remember (Zoom-Spout oiler and there is a tube that pulls out of the oiler for use. Do not pull it out all the way!)

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    Kelly Jun 01, 2010

    After looking up your condensor fan:

    http://www.appliancepartspros.com/part_d...

    it is the newer style fan that does not have the removable external bearings. Most likely the only remedy is to replace the fan at this point.



    The fan detailed view is above but item 812 of this link:

    http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partse...



    I would also check the condition of the rubber gromment item 102 of the same link. Order the gromment also if it is bad shape.



    Thanks for using FixYa.



    Kelly





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    Kelly Jun 01, 2010

    The reason you will most likely have to change the fan is on this type of fan the motor bearing wears and the silver part of the armature shaft starts dragging on the stator case causing it to run slow. If you can gently move the armature shaft in all circular directions and it touches the case as you move it, the only option when it is dragging on the case is to change the fan.



    Kelly

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    Kelly Jun 10, 2010

    Just doing a follow up..... Re-read everything and have one more thought.... IF the condenser fan is running at full speed and the unit is running HOT there is a very real possibility that the evaporator coils have frozen solid with ice due to an automatic defrosting circuit problem. Or... the evaporator fan in the freezer compartment itself is not turning fast enough. I did not see any resolution of your problem to date.

    Kelly


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    Kelly Jun 11, 2010

    Final comment unless you respond. The fan can be running at full speed BUT if the condenser coils are clogged with lint or hair the unit will be hot to the touch and will not cool properly. I just serviced a unit yesterday that had this exact problem and the problem was that there was about 1 inch of lint on the opposite side of the condenser coils not allowing airflow through the coils. Some thorough cleaning / fan lubrication and the unit is operating normally.



    Kelly

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