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I have a kenmore 52552100 side by side that all of a sudden quit cooling/freezing, a fan on the back constantly kicks on than off again after a few seconds

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Hello,

I advice you check the fan if it is not occupy by dust or dirt, it it is, vacuum the fan with air blower to see if it will fix the problem, because if the fan on your refrigerator is not rotating or working your refrigerator cannot be cold.

If the fan is not dirty, or perhaps after you vacuum the fan with a blower, the problem still persist, it means you will need to replace the fan on your refrigerator, to replace the fan, follow the procedure below.

Turn off the power to the appliance by unplugging the refrigerator from the wall. Open the freezer door and take all the food out. Remove the freezer shelf.

  1. Remove the back panel of the freezer compartment. You may have to remove one of the freezer shelf supports on the side to get the panel out.
  2. One of my screws was corroded in place. When I tried to remove it, the head started to strip. I used an electric drill and a large twist bit to drill the head off that one. Hopefully, you won't have to do this. If you do, be very careful not to drill through the back plate, or you might drill a hole in the evaporator. Then you will have trouble you probably can't fix.
  3. 4Remove the plastic housing covering the fan. Mine had 4 small hex screws holding it in place. Once this is done you can see the evaporator fan. Mine had two screws holding it in place and three wires hooked to the fan. Make a note of the position of the wires.
  4. 5Carefully grasp the wire connectors and wiggle them off. Don't pull on the wires themselves, only on the connectors.
  5. 6There is a little metal box that the fan sits in that will come out when you remove the fan.
  6. 7Get the new fan motor out of the box. The fan blade is not attached. Get the new plastic fan and remove the bronze-colored metal clip on the fan's hub. Carefully press the fan onto the fan motor shaft. About 1/8" of shaft should protrude from the front of the hub. Use the needle nosed pliers to spread the metal clip apart, and slip it on the hub. Push the metal clip down into place with the flat screwdriver. The front of the clip should be approximately flush with the front of the hub.
  7. 8If you have a steel freezer interior you will use the grommets, screws, and bushings to reattach the new fan. The mounting holes in the new fan are much larger than the holes in the original fan. If your freezer has a plastic interior, you may not need these parts.
  8. 9Position the electrical lugs on the fan so that they will be in the best position to receive the wires when you reinstall it. In my case this meant rotating the ground wire lug (green wire) to make the wire fit better. There was almost no slack in my wires.
  9. 10Use the screws that came with the fan to position it and just hold it in place. Don't screw it down yet. Next connect the wires in the same way they were connected before, Now screw the fan down tight, but be careful not to strip out the plastic screw mounts.
  10. 11Rotate the fan by hand and check for noise. If the fan blades are hitting something, you will have to reposition a part. Once it sounds good, turn the power back on for a minute and make sure the fan operates quietly. Don't touch anything inside the refrigerator at this point.
  11. 12Once again, unplug or disconnect the power, then reinstall the plastic fan housing and the freezer back plate. Put the shelf back in and you're done!
Take care.

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

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  • monika_montg Jul 05, 2010

    Thanks for your answer. I had the fridge looked at and was told that it was the compressor and to just get a new fridge as the repair would be around 500. I paid $75 for a quick diagnosis.

  • Larry Goad
    Larry Goad Mar 01, 2014

    Same frig., mine was the master control board that they wanted $400- $500 to fix. I removed conforml coating with heat gun, sure enough COLD SOLDER JOINTS ON MAIN RELAY TO COMPRESSOR.. This is a manufacturing problem, but none of the makers are not responsible for this problem. Board wasn't hot enough through wave solder process. Those parts should be hand soldered. Just think of all of the people who will be paying for this board replacement for a cold solder joint problem.

  • Larry Goad
    Larry Goad Mar 01, 2014

    Very easy to fix but the repairmen will not do this, only board swap. What a shame.

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