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Refrigerator fan not working

Common reasons your refrigerator fan not working

The most common reasons your refrigerator fan is not working are a defective electronic control board, damaged evaporator or a locked compressor.

  • 68%

    68% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 7%

    7% of the time it's the
    Evaporator

  • 6%

    6% of the time it's the
    Compressor

  • 19%

    19% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common refrigerator repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these refrigerator parts may fix your problem.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    A broken electronic control board in a refrigerator can result in various problems, like power loss, cooling deficiencies, and water leakage. This is because the board functions as the refrigerator's brain, overseeing essential tasks such as regulating temperatures, operating fans, managing defrost cycles, controlling the icemaker, and overseeing dispenser functions. When the board malfunctions, it can disrupt communication among various components, including automatic doors if present. A malfunctioning board might produce clicking or chattering sounds and emit a burning smell. Given its potential impact on multiple components, it's prudent to have a Sears Home Services professional examine the board through diagnostic tests to determine if replacement is required.


    Evaporator Replacement

    A damaged refrigerator evaporator can diminish cooling efficiency, resulting in elevated temperatures in both the refrigerator and freezer sections. These higher temperatures can contribute to food spoilage and ineffective preservation of frozen items. Frost or ice accumulation on the evaporator coils can obstruct their ability to absorb heat efficiently. Inside the refrigerator, excessive condensation may lead to leaks. Furthermore, a damaged evaporator may produce unusual noises like hissing or gurgling sounds during the refrigeration process.

    Compressor Replacement

    When a refrigerator compressor is locked, it can display various symptoms. The most prominent sign is a lack of cooling in the refrigerator section, resulting in higher temperatures and food spoiling. The freezer may also struggle to maintain the desired freezing temperatures, leading to no ice production from the icemaker or dispenser. Additionally, you may notice that the compressor is unusually quiet or fails to emit its typical humming sound during operation. In some instances, the compressor may attempt to start but fail, resulting in repeated clicking noises. The compressor's inability to circulate refrigerant properly can disrupt the defrosting process, resulting in ice buildup in the freezer. Furthermore, a faulty compressor could cause a sudden influx of melting frost into the drain line, leading to blockages, inadequate drainage, and potential water leaks.

    What to expect when you experience a refrigerator fan not working issue

    What is the solution to a fan not working problem?

    Addressing most fan not working problems usually involves replacing the electronic control board, evaporator or compressor. However, there are many potential causes, so an accurate diagnosis is crucial to fixing the problem.

    Suggestions for a refrigerator fan that is not working

    Many things can prevent a refrigerator fan from working. Avoid replacing unneeded parts by having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of refrigerator failures.

    What to watch for with a refrigerator fan not working diagnosis

    Successfully diagnosing malfunctions in modern appliances can be a formidable task for individuals lacking comprehensive knowledge and training. Attempting to address refrigerator issues without employing precise diagnostic techniques may lead to ineffective repairs reliant on guesswork. The past decade has witnessed significant advancements in appliance technology, resulting in the integration of complex electronic components that pose considerable challenges for troubleshooting. As a result, do-it-yourself repairs on contemporary appliance models have become increasingly complex.

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