How to Replace an Evaporator Fan in a Side-By-Side Refrigerator

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In your refrigerator, the air is blown through an evaporator fan in order to cool the food in your freezer and refrigerator. However, if the evaporator fan has gone faulty and is no longer working as it should, you will notice significant warming in both sections of your side-by-side refrigerator. The cold compartment may produce condensation and you may notice a buildup of frost in your freezer. If you believe your evaporator fan is faulty, here are the steps to take to replace it.

How to Replace an Evaporator Fan

Start this repair by emptying your side-by-side completely and unplugging it from this power source. After disconnecting the water, you will also need to wait for any frost build up in the freezer to melt off. You can help this along by scraping some of the thicker build up off.

In the freezer compartment, remove all the shelving and the shelf support. This will give you access to the back panel that can be removed. Once the back panel is removed, you will have access to the evaporator panel. In order to reach the fan, which is located behind it, you will have to remove this panel.

Now that you can access the evaporator fan, you need to detach the mounting clip from the assembly, remove the fan blade, and disconnect the wire harness. After which, you should be able to pull the fan out and install a new evaporator fan.

Once the new fan assembly is installed, reattach the evaporator panel and cover it again with the back panel. You may now reassemble the freezer compartment and turn your side-by-by side on. You will need to give it ample time to cool down again before returning your food inside. You can use a thermometer to check if you are now receiving correct temperatures again.

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