UnBoxing Day - How to fix a refrigerator

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UnBoxing Day - How to fix a refrigerator

Postby Tzan » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:07 pm

My evaporator fan was making a ton of noise for a few days.
I searched around and found the part I needed and a repair video, which is posted at the end.
I ordered the part on Monday at 11:30 am and received it around 3:30pm on Tuesday, UPS normal shipping from Albany NY.

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I have never done any work on a refrigerator before, but the video looked simple enough.
View with the back panel removed.
The new motor is on the left.
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Fan removed.
In the video the guy says, remove the fan, and he just gently slides it off.
Uhm, no. I had to pull with all my nerd strength, trying to be careful not to rip off a fan blade.
The fan has no smooth parts around that inner bit. Both front and back have sharp fangs of plastic from the molding process I suppose.
So in order to remove the fan you need to try to impale your fingers on the sharp plastic to avoid ripping off a fan blade.

You can see the ground wire attached to the bracket.
It has a hex head and I only had an adjustable wrench which wouldn't fit.
So I needed to make a trip to Lowes. 45 in store minutes later I wasted $15 on some set, most of which I didn't want.
I was mostly concerned that the driver shaft wasn't long enough. But it was ok.
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Victory!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWGdWvQp1Bo
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Re: UnBoxing Day - How to fix a refrigerator

Postby The Shadowscythe » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:26 pm

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Re: UnBoxing Day - How to fix a refrigerator

Postby Overwatch_Elite » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:23 pm

So your refrigerator wasn't running?
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Re: UnBoxing Day - How to fix a refrigerator

Postby Tzan » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:38 pm

It worked fine.
But the evaporator motor was making a very loud noise.
That's the motor that spins the fan and circulates the cold air.
It was intermittent, very annoying and probably just a matter of time before it stopped.
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