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Evaporator Motor & Fan

I have a Whirlpool refrigerator model# EHT-201Zk, and I believe the evaporator motor is going. It is making a loud noise in the freezer area. It is still cold but just this noise keep coming off and on.

Is this something that I can replace, having no experience, or do I need to call someone. Please advise. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    I have that same exact model with the same problem. The fan squeaks and the door seal is starting to go on the bottom. Anyone know where I can find a door seal? Has anyone verified the solution to the squeaking problem?

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    Wheeling squealing intermittent noise - stops when hit or kicked.



    I remember having the same problem before and it went away on it's own..? This time it's VERY persistent. It will also shut off if temp control is shut off, and sometimes air control. I can turn it immediately back on and the noise will be gone for awhile.



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Hi,

you can try to completely defrost the fridge by unplugging it for a day and put you groceries in another fridge, sometime ice dams build up in those and freeze next to the fan blades and cause alot of noise, if its squealing, then its the motor for sure, evaporator motors are usually pretty easy to replace once you study where its at, usually the whole top or bottom and back of freezer has to come out then the motor and fan are right there, keep the fan blade assembly because you put that on the new motor, be extremely careful once you have the bottom and sides out because the coils will be vulnerable to anything if you hit them go to www.sears.com and go to parts area, theres a sears repair store in our town , hopefully in yours or just call around, dont forget to unplug it! hope that helps

J

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

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    Alec Hidell May 21, 2011

    I've always found it better to take the time to find out FOR SURE where the problem is, in this case, where the noise is coming from. This is NOT the kind of problem you want to procrastinate too long with, since if the motor freezes up or fails in some other way, you stand a good chance to lse a freezer full of food. This fan also effects the cooling in the refrigerator section of the appliance.
    Empty as much of the freezer's contents into the refrigerator, and the rest into coolers, etc. Take out the shelves and drawers, and if the fan in question is in the back, you might find it makes it easier if you take the freezer door off; many Kenmore freezers have the top door hinge held on by three screws, and once they are removed, you can lift the door up and remove it easily.
    Once this stuff is out of the way, isolate the source of the noise. MOST LIKELY it will be inside the freezer, in back, behind some covers. Once you know where the noise is coming from, UNPLUG the refrigerator, and remove the covers to expose the fan. Once you can SEE the motor, use some light machine oil, preferably Kroil or WD40 in a spray can with a tube so you can direct a spray of oil to both bearings. Give both bearings some lubrication; (don't saturate the motor, as these lubricants can smell up the freezer, and your food.)
    While the motor is exposed, make note of what's holding it in place (screws, etc) and how it's connected electrically (pull off terminals, "scotch locks" wirenuts, or crimped wirelugs). This information will be helpful in assembling the tools and parts you'll need to REPLACE the motor if the lubrication doesn't solve the problem. Note* if the wires DON'T have reusable connectors, be prepared to cut off the crimped lugs and replace them with scotch locks. If you do this, cut off only as much wire as is necessary, as the manufacturer doesn't use extra length wire. Now, while the covers are off, plug the refrigerator back in and see if the noise is gone or has changed. If it has changed for the better, give it a LITTLE more lubrication. If the noise is gone altogether, save your notes, and (after unplugging the refrigerator again) put the covers, drawers and shelves back in, put your food back in, plug the appliance back in, and see what happens.
    If the noise comes back, or didn't go away, get the model number of your appliance off the tag (usually inside one of the doors) and order a new evaporator fan motor. If the noise went away and STAYS away, put your notes into the folder with your owner's manual, just in case it comes back. Meanwhile, you've saved about $50.00 on a motor.
    Tools needed to REPLACE the motor; the same tools you needed to remove the covers and door, PLUS a 4 way screwdriver, 1/4" drive socket set, wire cutter/stripper, Flashlight, (preferably the kind you can strap to your forehead while working,) scotchlock wirenuts, roll of electrical tape (use this to run one wrap around each scotchlock to hold the wirenut to the wire, and keep moisture out.)
    Good Luck!

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