ApplianceGeneral Electric Refrigerator
Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
Turn off refrigerator. Remove the plastic air flow cover, styrofoam channel and metal panel inside freezer compartment, remove hex nuts holding motor mount, unplug connector, remove old grommets, remove compression ring, (note 1/4 inch extension of shaft through fan) carefully pull fan blade off motor shaft and put on new motor shaft, leaving 1/4 inch of shaft extending through, replace compression ring. If your new fan motor has a female snap connector and the old motor has a male connector (as mine did) you will have to cut the wires on both new and old motors, splice and solder the male connector onto the wires of new motor, wrap carefully with premium electrical tape (or shrink tubing). Replace the 2 grommets, Reconnect the fan and bolt back into place. Make sure all the bolts around the mount are tight. Replace the metal panel. Manually spin the fan making sure it is free of the shroud. If it binds in the shroud, physically move the motor and mount till it rotates freely. Turn on refrigerator and test fan operation. If it's all good, replace the styrofoam and plastic cover.