Common Issues with Refrigerator Fan Motors

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Aside from other common refrigerator problems that you may have with your ice maker or possibly a leaky refrigerator, and other issues that our customer have is with the refrigerator fan motors. There are two types of motors that your refrigerator may have; an evaporator fan motor and a condenser fan motor.

Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan motor has two purposes. First the fan forces warm air across the evaporator, which then forces the refrigerant in the evaporator to boil and turn the liquid into a cold gas. This is where your frost is created on the evaporator. The second purpose is to use the same air that is now cold to push through the duct work that supplies cold air to both the freezer and refrigerator.

Condenser Fan Motor

The refrigerator condenser fan plays an essential role in the refrigeration cycle, but not all refrigerators have one. Refrigerators that have their condenser coil mounted on the back of the cabinet do not have one. Refrigerators that have their condenser coils mounted in the compressor compartment use fans to force air through the coil to help transfer the heat of compression to the environment. Troubleshooting is simple but requires a digital multimeter. The condenser fan motor has the purpose of removing heat from both the compressor and the condenser. This allows the cool and the boiled refrigerant back to a liquid state. It then runs back through the compressor to start the process over again by pumping the liquid refrigerant back to the evaporator to be boiled into a cold gas.

The problem with both of these fans are the result or the manufacturers having to meet the requirements of our EPA to lower the usage of power on the amps to operate what they call energy star appliances. The fans went from operating from 110 v fan motor to now operating from just 9 to 12 v DE power, the result is a shorter life of these two components. In the last five years our refrigerators have become very complicated to diagnose because they are operating from electric circuit boards to operate all functions.

It is now more important than ever to find a reliable, trustworthy refrigerator repair service that offers repairs at a reasonable price that consumers can fit in their budget in such a fragile and unstable economy. We at Able Appliance have always offered a FREE service call with repair and fast reliable service to the entire Kansas City metro area.

Contact us today to schedule a service call for any local refrigerator repairs you may need in your home or business!