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It started out with ice building up on bottom of freezer and water leaking out of bottom of fridge. Now fridge side is not working . Freezer side still works and when you open door you can still hear a fan running somewhere . The big fan in the back under the freezer side and next to the compressor however is not. We are broke right now and not sure what to do. I need to fix myself if possible.

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  • tracylynn64 Oct 10, 2010

    there seems to be power coming from compressor. Freezer seems to be thawing out now though. it feels cold but ice is thawing out. I have a box fan blowing at compressor and at fan that isnt working. is this making freezer not work right . could it be something that caused fan to go out? fan is not locked up. it will move easily but will not turn onif fan is cooling off the compressor wouldnt fridge kick back on? or does it need to blow directly in to the spot that it is facing in to?

  • tracylynn64 Oct 11, 2010

    so just that fan not working can cause fridge not to work? hat do you think was causing the leaking water on the fridge side? since that side is not working the water stopped leaking and there is no ice in bottom of freezer. I need to stop water too.

  • tracylynn64 Oct 11, 2010

    I checked for power and it is getting power through cord coming from compressor..Can a fan cause fridge not to work? Where was water coming from? It was coming out on fridge side. Since fridge is not working the water has stopped and there is no ice in bottom of freezer. do you think something caused the fan to go out and it will happen again or will this solve my problem? How do I keep it from leaking again? It is ruining floor

  • tracylynn64 Oct 11, 2010

    compressor is warm and box fan is keeping it from getting too hot. Doesnt compressor control freezer and fridge? Freezer is still freezing.If compressor is shot it would not be heating up would it?

  • tracylynn64 Oct 11, 2010

    I need compressor fan motor kit right?

  • tracylynn64 Oct 11, 2010

    Heatman101 was very helpful and responded in a timely manner. A+++

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Hi,
Check for power at that fan....if there is power then the motor is bad...this often happens...it can be easily replaced.
If there is no power then the control board is probably bad..... that costs more but is still easily replaceable...

Here is a tip about how to go about finding and buying the parts online.

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  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Oct 11, 2010

    Hi,

    You will still need to get the ice thawed off of the coils in the freezer before anything will work right...to do that turn off the refrigerator and take a hair dryer to the ice till it is gone...



    Then you can try the box fan on the compressor, but that may not be air on the coils underneath directly enough to actually keep the fridge working...

    It sounds like that fan motor went bad and that you will need to replace it...a tech could soon test for power and tell you for sure...



    Keep trying... you'll get there...



    heatman101

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Oct 11, 2010

    The water is coming from the ice melting... but it sounds like you may have multiple issues...the compressor may have got hot and now won't work either...
    It is very hard from here to be able to tell exactly what all is going on there...

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Oct 11, 2010

    Yes, compressor could be bad and still be getting warm to hot....also could be low on freon which would make it ice up and maybe cool the freezer but not the fridge.... and yes the same compressor does both...
    They are a number of things that could be happening there...

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