Very loud noise in lower section of refrigerator

ApplianceKenmore Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers

Harry From Casper, WY

Nov 20, 2007

13 out of 13 people found this instruction helpful

I could hear a noisy rattling sound coming from the freezer section of the refrigerator. It sounded like a bad fan or loose part. I noticed the sound would go away if I turned the freezer section of the fridge OFF.

I opened up the freezer section and put the frozen food in a cooler and turned OFF the freezer. The back wall has several hex head screws that I was able to remove by using the small nutdriver portion of a "Husky" brand 6-in-1 screwdriver. I had to first remove the icemaker and disconnect the quick release power connector to remove the back panel.

After removing the back panel and fan vent, it was easy to access the fan. It was very apparent that the bearings in the fan were worn out. Removing two more screws released the entire fan and housing.

The replacement part from arrived quickly. had the lowest price that I could find on the Internet, and it was not available from Sears. Go figure!

The part number matched the Sears part number and was a direct replacement both mechanically and electrically in size and power requirements.

All I had to do was remove the wired spade connectors from the old fan and insert the new fan assembly. The connectors were an exact match and the whole process of replacement took about 15 minutes. More time was spent moving the frozen food and ice maker. I used pliers to help remove the spade connectors and nylon wire clips as they were on pretty tight.

Be careful not to damage the delicate fins of the condenser.

After replacing the fan assembly, I installed the back panel, ice maker, frozen food, and turned the freezer back on. The whole process took less than an hour. The refrigerator now runs quietly like it is supposed to.

I have to say, this is the second part that I have ordered from (the first part was to replace a water pump for a wash machine) and it has been a very good process. I wish working with Sears was this easy.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

USE WPL 12013209Q (Now subbed to Evaporator Fan Motor Assembly)

Part Number: PS2004191

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