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Kenmore 61042 fan motor replacement

I replaced the fan motor and the new one barely turns the fan, barely cooling the refrigerator part. What could be wrong now?

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Hi! you mean there is ice on the part of evaporator or some in other part? its normally cool your refrigerator inside part.If ice is present your fan have insufficient air neede to frost free your evaporator its not the same with the origina you replace,beside your thermostat is not working have check this one.

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