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PartSelect Number PS11743253
The body of this evaporator fan motor has two wires extending from the body, one blue one, and one white one. This evaporator fan motor is located in the back of the freezer, and circulates air over the refrigerator coils. These coils will convert the heat into cool air, which is then circulated.
This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Luckily, this Maytag refrigerator is only used for sodas and beer and so I had time to tinker with it. By the way, I am a 64 yr old retired woman. First of all, I took the back off and vacuumed everything. Then I emptied the freezer, removed the ice-maker, and removed the back panel. It was solid ice around the thermostat area and down in the vent between the freezer and refrigerator. A little time and a hair dryer resolved the ice problem. I thought the problem was the thermostat, so I ordered a new thermostat from PartSelect.com for the freezer, and it came a couple days later. I installed that (it just snaps in) and ran it overnight, but no success. After reading many blogs on the internet, I checked the fan motor, which blows the air from the freezer to the refrigerator, to see if it was getting power with a small voltmeter. It was, but was not working. I ordered a new fan motor from PartSelect (I was a little confused by series number, but finally found which one to order), and it arrived a couple days later. Taking out the fan required removing a couple of screws and unclipping the wiring, then pulling the old fan off the old motor and putting it on the new motor, then putting everything back the way it was. As soon as I plugged it back in, the fan started blowing right away, so I knew that I had resolved the problem. I bought a thermometer for checking freezer and refrigerator temps, and they are perfect with the settings for both on "5". So now I consider myself a Maytag repairman, uh, woman.
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This frig didn't have an ice maker but in its place was a shelf. Removed two philips screws and shelf unhooked and was removed. Removed four screws from back plate in freezer. Pulled plate out and tilted down to remove one wiring clip for fan and two spade clips for light fixture. Pulled back plate out and removed two bolts holding fan to back plate. Removed fan blade and two more bolts holding motor in bracket. My frig was repaired once before by a repair man and he cut the clip off of the wiring harness. Cut clip off of the new fan motor and wired the fan to the frig wiring using blue fan wire to blue frig wire and white fan wire to orange frig wire. Reassembled in reverse order being sure to wait until fan motor was back in the back plate before placing fan blade back on motor shaft. I did some research on the internet and was told that the fan should stick half way out of the backing plate. If you push the fan all the way on until it hits the little ridge inside of the hole that should be it. I also read that the little Panasonic fan that comes in this frig is a piece of junk and you will probably have to replace it again in a few years but I didn't read that part until after I ordered the part. I was told you can order a Johnstone motor Part # S58-099 that would be more dependable but you have to reverse the fan rotation to get it to work. I tried to order this panasonic fan from local appliance store but they wanted $100.00 and they would have to order it. I got it here for less and it took the same amount of time. Parts were exact match of what was in there. I was happy from the service I got from this company.
Thanks to someone else who had shared their repair story, we followed what she said she had done. Of course, we cut the power first, disconnected the ice maker, took the back off of the freezer compartment (from the inside), disconnected the defective fan motor. The fan blade just pulls off, you don't need a new one just because you need a new motor. Although the new motor came with a plug, there did not seem to be anyplace to plug it in. It was broken once before (5-6 year old name brand frig shouldn't have broken once, let alone twice....I anticipate more motors in my future, but at least I know how to fix it and where to get the part from), and the repairman had put the wires together and taped them up with electrical tape. My husband had no choice but to strip the wires and do the same, the wires are colored, so it is easy to connect them back again. It worked instantly. It works beautifully now. I have to add, in spite of the fact that I chose the most economical delivery choice, my part still arrived the very next day (a.m., at that!). I will say that I am very happy with PartSelect service and the information provided on their site which enabled me (my husband) to fix our refrigerator at a fraction of the cost of the last time it needed repair. Absolutely would refer to anyone, and use again myself (although, hope I don't need to!!)
Checked the electrical circuits to find out if there was power to the fan motor. there was and the motor would not run. Further testing found the motor DOA. Pulled freezer compartment apart, removed the Ice maker, unscrewed the four screws that hold the evaporator cover on the back of the compartment, and removed mounting bracket for the evaporator fan / motor. there is a two wire molex connector that you pull apart, two wires on the compartment light and everything is free. Swap out the motor and reverse the procedure.
Removed 2 screws holding left side of ice tray. Removed 4 screws holding back of freezer compartment in place.Pulled center plastic air duct out of freezer.loosened two screws holding fan mount on either side of central fan hole.Pulled top of freezer compartment back down to expose fan and mount.Removed fan mount screws and unplugged fan.disassembled fan mount and removed fan blace from motor.reassembled mount and motor being sure rubber bushings are in place.Put fan blace back on new motor (slip fit).Remounted fan mount on freezer back and plugged in.Reassembled in reverse order.This time I kept the old motor (2nd one in 3 years) so I can identify the replacement easily by photo.
Replace the condenser fan motor.1. Empty freezer2. Loosen nuts that hold the back panel of freezer3. Disconnect light and other wires (unplug plugs)4. Remove the panel with motor from freezer5. Replace motor, take the fan from old motor6. Reassemble Awsome
First, I killed the power to the refrigerator at the main power panel. (Safety First) Fridge had it's own breaker so it was easy. UNPLUG the fridge if you are not sure how to kill the power. Then I took out ice cube trays and rack along with freezer shelf. The ice cube rack has two screws underneath into the fridge side body which need to be taken out. Freezer shelf comes right out.(no fasteners) To get to the evap fan motor easily you need to remove the rear freezer panel. There are four hex head screws that come out with a 1/4" socket. There are two screws at each top corner and another two about half way down on each side. I used a small socket wrench, but a nutdriver would be better to remove the screws. Because of this, I also had to remove the lens which clips on/off and light bulb at top right corner to get to a screw. Just gently squeeze the plastic lens together at top and bottom and it will pull out then unscrew the light bulb. Gently pull the top of the rear panel towards you until you can see the evap motor. It has a special bracket attached to rear panel with two screws which need to be removed with the SAME 1/4" socket. For access to the fan motor bracket screws, while the panel is pulled out gently and carefully remove the plastic center vent panel which is clipped into slots in the rear panel, similar to the light bulb lens cover, except sideways. This panel directs forced cold air into the freezer and into a slot to the fridge below. Disconnect motor elec. connection.(snaps-together) Unscrew the two motor bracket screws and one grounding wire screw. Remove bracket with motor. Carefully pull off fan blade. Separate motor and bracket and be careful not to lose front and back rubber bushings. Re-assemble with new motor into bracket with rubber bushings. Re-install fan blade and re-install bracket with two screws onto center of rear freezer panel. Connect grounding wire screw and snap-together elec. connection.. Re-install center plastic vent panel and push back rear freezer panel while aligning center panel with slot below. Re-install four panel screws. Re-install light bulb and lens to panel. (if you had to take them off). Re-install ice cube rack (2 screws) and freezer shelf (align and push in) Turn on breaker or plug back in. YOU"RE DONE. My fridge now works better than new.
I first removed the freezer shelf, then the back internal freezer wall by removing the 4 screws with my nut driver. Then removed the fan cover, by releasing the clips (6). Then unscrewed the fan mounting brackets (same nut driver), then released the fan. The connector on the replacement fan was different to the original, so I cut both connectors off, and reattached the 2 wires with wire nuts.I then reassembled everything, and all is well. The refrigerator was successfully repaired
First I tried to remove the plastic cowling surrounding the evaporator fan, but I just couldn't get all of the fasteners to let go. So, I removed all of the screws that held in the back of the freezer compartment. Once the back was loose, I was able to tilt it forward and then remove the fan cowling. The fan motor was then easy to remove and replace. (I verified that the motor was the problem by checking the voltage in the blue and white wires that feed the motor - the voltage was at zero when the refrigerator temperature switch was set to zero, but went to 120V when I moved the switch above the zero position.) I then replaced the back of the freezer compartment and the refrigerator is cold as it ever was.
We only knew what the problem was from a repair tech coming out. He was cool so he told us to order the part ourselves and install it. Easy as pie! A plug in part. We saved over $150.00 bucks doing it ourselves!
I unplugged the fridge. I removed the back panel. Took apart the fan motor housing unhooked the wire harness. Then reassembled the new motor to the housing rehooked the harness. I put the back panel back together and replugged in the fridge and the fan came right on.
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