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Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« on: July 12, 2011, 01:51:21 PM »

hey, yesterday the fan was spinning great on this amana.  I check the continuity and it checks out great.  Any ideas as to why the fan would not be spinning right now?  What else should I check out?

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 04:25:00 PM »
Did you oil it?
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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 04:43:22 PM »
I did not, would you mind explaining that?  But, I have another issue.  The compressor and the compressor fan stopped all together.  I still have lights on the inside, but, other than that it is just a hunk a metal at this point.  It was working great last night so I am a little confused  :-\

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 04:53:48 PM »
Go to the hardware store and get some Zoomspout oil add a little to each end bell on the motor and work it free. This oil is the best stuff you could have in your tool box. Safe on all major appliances and HVAC applications.

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011, 05:25:42 PM »
okay I will.  Any ideas as to why the compressor and the compressor fan stopped working.  What should I look into there?

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2011, 05:28:57 PM »
The compressor and condenser fan (compressor fan) should run together.

If nether one is running it could be stuck in defrost or the cold control could be stuck open.

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 12:03:14 AM »
  Is that the model B6xR41pWwvJ Amana side mount?

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2011, 03:21:42 PM »
You know I do not have the model number for this unit.  It is a little older, probably 12 or 13 years old and the model number is no where to be found.  But, Ill tell ya this fridge has a mind of its own.  Couldn't get the evap fan to spin then this morning it just kicked on this unit cools great, I am just worried it doesn't always do what it is supposed too.  I sure wish it would do I what I want it to do when I want it to do it  :)

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 05:01:47 PM »
I think AJ's suggestion is on target.
Bad defrost control or bad cold control.
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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 05:20:12 PM »
Ya, the compressor will kick back on but then the evap fan won't kick back on when the compressor does.  What should I test.  the cold control or the defrost thermostat? I don't even know where the timer is on this unit

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2011, 05:24:24 PM »
I'm starting to find your post confusing. In one post you say...

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compressor fan stopped working.

Then in other posts you talk about the evap fan.

What fan is it that is not running for you?



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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2011, 05:33:28 PM »
Well, the condenser fan stops working when the compressor shuts off.  That doesn't usually last long, the condenser fan and compressor will turn back on, but, when they kick back on the evap fan doesn't turn on.  The evap fan started working this morning, but, then stopped when the fridge went into defrost mode then kicked back on.  Does that make sense?

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 05:37:27 PM »
With out a model number I can't say for sure, but I believe some older models had a thermostat connected to the evaporator fan. The coils would then have to get so cold first then the thermostat would close and then the evaporator fan would start to run.

This is all just a guess without being able to look up your model, but of coarse you can take it apart yourself, check voltages and follow wires to see what you got.

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 06:03:57 PM »
Mean while while the coils get cold all the food should that needs to be cooled will go bad, that seems like a really stupid set up.  He is a picture of what I am looking at.  It looks like someone put a defrost thermostat in there at some point.

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2011, 06:47:34 PM »
I can't really see anything from your photo, it's so small.

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Mean while while the coils get cold all the food should that needs to be cooled will go bad, that seems like a really stupid set up.

I have not seen this type of set up for sometime now, but from what I remember the delay before the fan started running was not that long. Just long enough that you started to wonder if the fan was going to kick in or not and about the time you decided to take it apart to check things the fan started running...

In no way was the delay in starting the evap fan long enough to make food spoil.

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2011, 07:05:20 PM »
Remove the bottom crisper bin to see if a model number is listed there.
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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2011, 08:55:26 PM »
On the Amana's the evaporator fan is wired through the defrost thermostat.  The fan won't turn on unless the defrost thermostat is closed.  So, if you're just starting up a warm fridge or it's just coming out of defrost, the fan is delayed a few minutes.

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2011, 12:07:00 AM »
They want to wire it this way to get the evap really cold before starting the fan. GE has a similar wiring scheme.
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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2011, 01:44:33 PM »
So, in order to test if it is working properly.  I need to test the defrost thermostat and see if it is closed when the evap coils are cold.  Right?  If it is closed then I shouldn't get any continuity reading?  am I on the right track here?

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Re: Amana Fridge evap fan not spinning
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2011, 01:52:15 PM »
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I need to test the defrost thermostat and see if it is closed when the evap coils are cold.  Right?

Yes, that is correct.


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If it is closed then I shouldn't get any continuity reading?

If it's closed then you will get a reading of 0 ohms, just like if you touched the two meter test leads together.

Make sure when you check the defrost thermostat with your ohm meter that the refrigerator is unplugged and at least one lead on the defrost thermostat is disconnected.