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Samsung RS2630SH Side by Side... Problem:

Do you have any repair manual that I can use to change the fan motor on my
Samsung RS2630SH Side by Side?

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  • panej May 25, 2008

    The fan you're referring to works fine but the one that is not working is the one that circulates air inside the refrigerator. There should be two of them; one in the freezer compartment and the other in the refrigerator compartment. I think they are called defrost fans or so...

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I don't have one to offer, but I have removed and fixed the fan, so I can offer you these suggestions:

1. Disconnect the power.

2. The fan is located at the back of the unit behind the removable panel. The panel is held on by about 8 Phillips machine screws.

3. Disconnect the fan by unclipping the connector; simply push the tab on the front and pull straight down.

4. The whole fan assembly pulls out by sliding the fan case out towards you. It may take a bit of a pull as there are tabs holding it in. Once it's loose, you will have to turn it sideways to get it past the condenser tubing.

5. Replacement is exactly the opposite operation; the fan assembly will push into place. You'll here a click when the tabs have engaged.

Posted on May 25, 2008

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  • samsung_owne May 25, 2008

    As an additional comment, and something that probably wouldn't be in the manual, the fan itself is very simple to tear down and rebuild. There are 7 screws in total:
    1 holding the motor to the fan chassis
    2 holding the plastic motor case together
    4 long screws holding the motor armature together

    If you are experiencing a "chirping" sound coming from the fan, the most likely cause is dirt or lack of lubrication on the motor spindle. The spindle is held in 2 places, at the back, and in the middle. Once it's apart, simply lubricate with a little light grease and the chirping will stop.


  • samsung_owne May 25, 2008

    As an additional comment, and something that probably wouldn't be in the manual, the fan itself is very simple to tear down and rebuild. There are 7 screws in total:
    1 holding the motor to the fan chassis
    2 holding the plastic motor case together
    4 long screws holding the motor armature together

    If you are experiencing a "chirping" sound coming from the fan, the most likely cause is dirt or lack of lubrication on the motor spindle. The spindle is held in 2 places, at the back, and in the middle. Once it's apart, simply lubricate with a little light grease and the chirping will stop.


  • samsung_owne May 25, 2008

    Hmmm.. last comment posted twice...
    Anyway, even more advice on disassembling the fan/motor, since we're on the topic:

    1. Make sure you note which way the motor fits on, otherwise, you might end up with the motor sticking out the wrong side.

    2.
    There's a retaining ring holding the fan to the spindle. Pull it off
    with pliers, comes right off... The fan will still be connected to the
    spindle with locktite or some sort of green glue, it just needs a bit
    of force but pulls straight off the spindle.

    3. When putting the fan blades back, don't push it too far or you might break one of the plastic tabs.

    4. Don't lubricate with graphite lubricant, you'll end up having to do the whole thing again a week later ;)


  • samsung_owne May 27, 2008

    My mistake, but the original question did not specify.

    I've only removed one of the fans from the freezer side. There are 2 plastic caps that lie flush with the surrounding plastic. These can be removed by levering them out with a sharp instrument, I used a flathead screwdriver. The screws underneath are Phillips. The two top screws of the metal panel that makes up the back of the freezer must also be removed. The entire plastic cover then just slips forward. The whole piece has styrofoam insulation holding it in place, so you may have to tug at it. The freezer fan sits right in the middle. Notice anything familiar about it? It's the same cheap motor used on the condenser coils.
    By the way, my fridge which is less than 2 years old is blinking green and not running. I called Samsung today and was told that the closest authorized repair depot is ~80 miles away! I live next to a city of 3 million people that's only about 30 miles away. I've never experienced such poor customer service.

    I will NEVER buy another Samsung product again. How this company manages to stay in business is beyond me. Warn your friends, family and anyone else you care about.



  • samsung_owne Jun 02, 2008

    Great news to report!

    I put down my $1700 for a new Kitchen Aid refrigerator!



    Samsung sent my local repair shop a new board, which they believe is also faulty... Was without a refrigerator 1 week now. While at the store (Lowes), I managed to talk 2 customers out of buying a Samsung washer/dryer and stove/refrigerator. I figured that was worth ~$5000 in lost sales. In all honesty I believe that I did these people a great service. I only wish someone had warned me about Samsung appliances and service before I spent $1200 on their garbage.

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Sir - thank you for the posting above. You have single-handedly prevented me from being committed to the asylum. I just completed taking the fan assembly out, apart, cleaned it and oiled it. She's not squeeking anymore.

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