How to Choose a Fridge Fan
A whining noise, buzzing or grinding fridge noises are an indication that there’s something stuck in the fan that cools the fridge. If the refrigerator is running continuously it might be that there is an air gap somewhere on one of the seals, or a problem with the thermistor that monitors ambient temperature. Alternatively, it could be that the condenser fan motor is not operating properly and is catching on something inside the fridge. To check this, locate the fan motor – this is usually near the compressor at the bottom rear of the fridge. The fan should be clearly visible with the fridge door open.
How to Install a Fridge Fan
If your refrigerator is cooling properly, but the evaporator fan doesn’t spin or it’s very noisy, there may be a problem with the fridge fan. In most cases, the evaporator fan can be replaced by removing a thin panel on the back of the fridge (models with coils on the rear won’t have a fan). First, you’ll need to shut off the water supply and remove the base grill if applicable. Unplug the fridge and move it away from the wall. Next, you’ll need to disconnect the water supply line retainer from the panel if applicable and remove it to get to the access screws that hold the panel in place. Once the panel is removed, you can unscrew the old fan motor and replace it with the new one.
What to Consider When Buying a Fridge Fan
If your fridge is making loud noises, it could be a sign that there’s something wrong with the evaporator fan motor. This is the fan that pulls air over the condenser coils and compressor tubes to keep them cool. The noises are often whining or buzzing, and they stop when the fridge doors are open.
The fan works best when it is regulated to shut off when the freezer side of the refrigerator gets cold enough. This prevents the fan from constantly circulating air that doesn’t need to be circulated, and it also keeps the fridge side from borrowing cold from the freezer side.
The best way to determine if a refrigerator fan is working properly is to try spinning the fan blade by hand. This will let you know if it’s stuck or if there are any other obstructions. Also, be sure to check for any signs of corrosion or wear and tear. If you notice any of these, it’s time to replace the refrigerator fan.
How to Maintain a Fridge Fan
The refrigerator fan moves air over the coils and helps keep them cool. But paper, dust and pet hair can clog the fan and stop it from moving, which means your fridge won’t cool properly.
Before attempting any repairs, always disconnect power to the appliance. That way, you can prevent electric shock and avoid potentially damaging the refrigerator’s sensitive electrical components.
Remove any shelves or panels that obstruct access to the freezer compartment. The evaporator fan motor is usually located at the back wall near the evaporator coils. It’s secured to the freezer compartment with mounting screws or brackets. Unthread these and carefully remove the motor. Disconnect the wiring harness and note or take a picture of the wire connections for reference when reconnecting the new motor later.
Replace the old fan with a new one. Position it in the same location and secure it with the mounting screws or brackets. Reconnect the wiring harness and test the motor for continuity (see our troubleshooting guide for more help). Then replace the cover and plug your refrigerator back in.Rv awnings