Do-It-Yourself Repairs for Condenser fans in Refrigerators

Your refrigerator is one of the most used household appliances. It’s no wonder that with all the use, common refrigerator parts like refrigerator door seals to broken drawers inside are the most requested appliance replacement parts. Sometime the problem is a bit more complex, like when a faulty condenser fan needs replacing.

condenser-fansIf your refrigerator is not cooling properly, check to see if the condenser fan is running. Condenser fans are usually in the back of a refrigerator; however, some are found near the bottom rear of the appliance.

Here are some things to look for when diagnosing a faulty condenser.

To check if the condenser is working, feel the condenser unit. If it feels warm to the touch and there is motion within, then the condenser is operating, and the fan motor is working too. The problem arises when the fan motor is jammed or broken.

Now, check the condenser fan to see if the blades are moving freely. Unplug the refrigerator, and spin the blades. Sometimes pet hair and other debris can build up in the fans, gumming up the fan spinning freely. Clean the blades as needed. Also check to see if wires are loose. If you’re in an old home where mice live, check if the wires have been nibbled by mice. In the absence of these issues, it’s usually a faulty fan motors. You can buy one from your local appliance parts outlet.

Once your condenser fan is purchased, unscrew the back bracket and remove the fan blade from the motor. Fit the new fan into the unit, make sure that no wires are touching the unit, and close the bracket safely.

For most refrigerator owners, a key role is to own a refrigerator that has few moving parts. The less moving parts, the easier it is for maintenance. But when you need common household appliance parts, contact Appliance Parts Company for all your household appliance parts needs, for refrigerators, washer/dryers, stoves, freezers and A/C units.

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