The freezer works fine - makes ice, etc.
The fridge remains cool, but is not cold. Milk has already gone bad (it's been about 2 days).
The temperature controls are set properly.
However, the fan in the freezer compartment is not moving.
What's the problem? How do I fix this (without having to call in a repair person)?
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Re: Fan not working?
You may have a bad Evaporator Fan Motor. You can check with an ohm meter.
Caution: Please read our safety information Before working on your appliance, unplug the appliance to
avoid an electrical shock hazard.
The evaporator fan is located at the back of the freezer. It will be necessary to remove back inside panel of
the freezer. Remove any screws that secure the back panel. Next remove any screws that secure the fan
or fan housing so that you can access the fan's wiring.
Label the wire placement on the fan before disconnecting the wires. Pull the connector off of the fan's
terminal. You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the
connectors for corrosion. If the connectors are corroded they should be cleaned or replaced.
Remove the fan blade from the old motor and place it onto the new fan motor. The Fan blade may slip off
the motor shaft. Or the blade may have a spring or "C" clip. Use a slotted screwdriver to pry off the clip
Replace the fan onto the mounting bracket and back into the fan housing. Spin the fan to make certain it
can turn freely. Replace the rear freezer panel and plug in the appliance.
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If your evaporator is not completely frosting over (top to bottom) this normally means the unit doesn't have a proper charge or the compressor can't pump all the freon as it needs to. I would check the charge, this should read "0", if less not enough, if higher than the compressor is failing. I hope this helps.
Remove the back panel from the freezer to verify no ice behind the freezer panel. Look inside the air vent on the freezer panel for ice buildup. Make sure the freezer control is set to minimum not coldest freezer.. Make sure the freezer fan motor is working.
Make sure your fan is working ,its located behind the freezers back wall. If it is working the vent from the freezer down to the refrigerator may be blocked (usually with ice).With out a fan you have no circulation but your freezer may look likes its working,it may last 3 days.Also if you can move everything out unplug it turn it off w/ doors open untill all traces of ice are gone this will free up any clogged tubes. Good luck. Len West
If the evaporator fan isn`t working, the frig will not circulate the cold air needed from the freezer to the fresh food compartment. You will need to remove the panel and check for ice around the fan. Make sure it can turn free. If it isn`t blocked and you can turn it freely and there is voltage going to it, the fan motor has gone bad and needs to be replaced if there.
Sounds like a defrost problem. Check to see if
there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not
defrosting as it should.
bad defrost timer
bad defrost heater (in freezer)
bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice
melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if
is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above