Freezer fan was noisy; refrigerator compartment did not cool well

ApplianceKenmore Refrigerator

Model106.70177990

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Bill From Waterloo, IA

Apr 23, 2014

I did not have an ice maker to deal with, so that simplified things. Unplugged fridge. Used socket to remove two hex-head screws and removed freezer floor. Removed two hex-head screws and removed back panel. There is a plastic air diverter attached to the back panel. I did not need to remove this separately, I kept it attached to the freezer back panel. The bottom of the diverter fits into a hole on the floor of the freezer. I did need to knock some accumulated ice off to free this up. After removing back panel there is a ground wire attached to the panel, so unclip that from the panel so you can get the panel out of the freezer. The Kenmore has another bracket that the fan is attached to. This might be a different set up than other brands. This bracket has to be removed because the fan is attached to the back of the bracket. There are also some slots on the top of the bracket that act as a harness for some wires. I used electrical tape to wrap around this set of wires to hold them together then slipped them out of the slots. This makes it easier to thread back into the slots during reassembly. Remove four hex screws, unclip the fan electrical leads (be sure to note which lead goes where in relation to the fan), and remove the bracket. Remove old fan, replace with new fan. The arms holding the fan to the bracket are adjustable, so be sure your fan lines up well with the bracket and that the fan blades don't come in contact with the bracket when spinning. When things are lined up, tighten the fan arms securely. Now just reverse the process and reassemble the components. It took me a while longer to complete this job because I took the time to remove all the built up ice in the freezer (the result of a poorly-running fan and inefficient defrosting?). There are passages from the freezer to the fridge compartment that were iced up, and a pan under the evaporation fins at the back of the freezer that was iced over. This pan held a drain hole that was plugged with ice. I dug at that with a screw drive until that was unplugged and poured some boiling water down the drain hole just to get any linger ice out. The water going down the hole ends up in the removable plastic catch pan that is located under the fridge, behind the removable grill. Fridge and freezer are now quiet and cold! Beats the heck out of paying $900 for a new fridge.

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Freezer Evaporator Fan Motor with Blade

Part Number: PS557956

$60.14
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