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Author Topic: Refrigerator evaporator fan motor running nonstop  (Read 2470 times)

Offline Papote

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Refrigerator evaporator fan motor running nonstop
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:58:51 PM »

I have a Kenmore side-by-side door refrigerator (Model: 253.55693402) and I was cleaning the freezer side, so I had turned off the freezer side knob. I was at it for only a few minutes when I hear the evaporator fan start to slow and then go off. It never fired back up, so I called a technician. He came and checked the fridge and at first said it was the evaporator fan motor that had fried, so he replaced it, but later said it was the Defrost Control Board that was damaged and it in turned damaged the fan motor.

I left it a whole day to test and the freezer side seems to be freezing. I noticed that the temperature knobs donít really respond, especially the refrigerator side. I set the freezer side to 1 but the fan doesnít seem to turn off. In fact, the evaporator fan seems to be on almost all of the time. The freezer is pretty much empty. The refrigerator side is cold, but even at the coldest setting, it doesnít really seem that cold and it is colder at the top.

So the refrigerator seems to be running nonstop. The refrigerator temperature knob doesnít seem to be working and isnít as cold as the coldest setting would suggest.

I would appreciate any advice on what action to take, aside of getting a new fridge.

Offline bagjr387

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Re: Refrigerator evaporator fan motor running nonstop
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2014, 06:11:24 PM »
Can you put some water in a cup with a thermometer in it, and put it near the top of the fridge and give us a temperature? A infrared gun may give an inaccurate if the door is open long enough

And an empty freezer will make the compressor run a lot more. It looses temperature very fast when its empty. a freezer full of food will help keep temperature and actually save you energy.

My knee jerk reaction is that you have an empty freezer and its keeping the unit working harder

And another thing, all of the manufacturers say that it takes 24 hours to adjust to a change in the coldness settings. there is only like an 8 degree swing between "cooler" and "warmer"
« Last Edit: April 24, 2014, 06:13:54 PM by bagjr387 »