Fisher Paykel Fridge. Access to fridge fan.
My fridge is 11 years old and recently had the same problem; the freezer was
cooling well, but the fridge compartment was not cooling enough. I searched the
Web a read most answers. I thought the fan was faulty, but in fact it wasn't
(the fridge has got 2 fans, one for each compartment, and they look very
similar, the part number on mine was 883340). The whole problem was a build-up
of ice in the condenser unit that is at the back of the freezer compartment.
What happens is that the ice blocks the passage of air the fan for the fridge
compartment. This of course stops the cool air circulating to the fridge
compartment. I was able to repair the fridge an it is now working perfectly.
This is what I did:
1) Removed everything from the fridge, food, shelves, the lot.
2) I made sure the fan for the fridge compartment was okay, by connecting it
to a 9V battery; the fan was okay. (I did this because after reading the posts
I was convinced the problem was a dead fan, but you can skip this step if you
can hear the fan spinning and think it is okay). To check the fan, remove by
pulling the toll plastic cover that fits below the smaller plastic cover with
the temperature indicator. This cover is very flexible and flimsy, start
pulling from near the bottom and continue along the right side, flexing it as
you go along, until it comes free (there is an insulating plastic foam moulding
underneath that comes with it). As soon as you remove this cover, you will see
the small fan and the plugs. Unplug the fan's connector (it has a small lock
you need to press) and wire it to a standard 9 volt battery. CAUTION: observe
polarity! The battery positive terminal MUST be connected to the RED wire (or
the fan burns!). If the fan is bad, you can remove it very easily by inserting
2 finger inside the white plastic holder, pushing the fan in (the fan is held
with 3 very elastic thin silicon bands, that do not break) ,hooking the holder
from the inside edge with your fingers and pulling. It will just come out
through the slot. (I did this, but then had some problem in getting it back in
place. I finally left it in a near flat position, but not quite as flat as it
was. Nevertheless it works okay).
3) My fan was good (I wasted a lot of time doing this), so next I shifted my
attention to the freezer compartment. I then noticed that the plastic cover at
the bottom of the compartment was half dislodged from its proper location, all
covered on ice. I removed the cover, breaking the ice that held it with
care. This cover is difficult to remove, there is a lot of pushing and pulling,
so be prepared and patient; do not break it (mine came out with a small locking
leg broken, but it did go back in place without any problems). I then checked
the second fan, that is on this cover; it was also okay.
4) As soon as I removed the cover I saw the problem...ice everywhere! I
reached for the house hair drier and after about one hour it was all gone. Note
that most of the problem ice is behind the condenser (small radiator looking
aluminum frame, that should be left alone. Do not move, push or twist it).
5) once all the ice was removed, I the carefully pushed the radiator back in
place at the bottom of the compartment (it just fits and had been displaced by
the growth of ice), and replaced the plastic cover.
and voila! my fridge was again working perfectly. About 3 hours flat.