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How To Test the Condensor Fan

The condensor fan is located behind the refrigerator and blows air over the condensor coils, although not all refrigerators use a condensor fan. The condensor fan is important for transfering away heat from the coils. Without a working condensor fan, it is more difficult for the coils to shed heat and may result in poor cooling in the refrigerator/freezer.

Caution: Please read our safety information before attempting any testing or repairs.

Before testing the condensor fan, unplug the refrigerator to avoid an electrical shock hazard.

In order to access the condensor fan, it may be necessary to remove an access panel to reach it. Start by cleaning the fan of any dust or debris. If the fan blade is damaged, it can be removed from the fan motor shaft and should be replaced.

Spin the fan blade, it should move smoothly and freely. If the fan does not move smoothly, replace the fan motor.

If the fan motor cannot be accessed for testing, remove the motor now. The fan motor is held in place with screws and possibly a mounting bracket. Remove the bracket and the screws and pull the motor back away from the housing.

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