Howling/groaning noise from fan in rear of freezer

ApplianceHotpoint Refrigerator


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Peter From Saint Cloud, FL

Sep 13, 2012

I decided to replace motor and fan, having previously altered/trimmed the fan which stopped the howling but caused a vibration. Unplug from mains. Clear out two top shelves in freezer. Remove light cover. Remove two screws(1/4 driver)at top of steel panel in rear of compartment and let it drop. Remove two screws above light. Pry up section above light/fan housing to access two screws retaining the light/fan assembly, loosen screws sufficiently so that assembly can be lifted and removed. Disconnect wiring plug by pinching in the sides of the plug and pulling out. Pull fan off motor shaft. Remove two screws clamping motor. Cut cable tie and molded wiring grommet to free wiring. The existing light wires can be removed from the old plug by carefully cutting around the old plug to free the pins and then pushing the pins into the new plug. Reverse procedure to assemble.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Evaporator Fan Motor

Part Number: PS1019114

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Evaporator Fan Blade

Part Number: PS1021949

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