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Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz
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Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz 4389144

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PartSelect Number PS557957
Manufacturer Part Number 4389144
Manufactured by Whirlpool
Product Description

Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz Specifications

This part 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. Fan blade not included.
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Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz

Replacing your Whirlpool Refrigerator Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz
Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Noisy | Fridge too warm | Freezer section too warm | Fridge and Freezer are too warm
This part works with the following products:
Refrigerator.
This part works with the following products:
Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper.
Part# 4389144 replaces these:
AP3137520, 921541, 4389144, 2149299, 2162404, 2188303, 4389144, 4389144VP, W10131845, W10312647
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Noisy operation (from the inside)
Unplug, then on the freezer side, remove the drawers, then remove the screws holding the sheet metal cover, remove the rails (for the drawer) that interfere with removing the sheet metal cover. pull the wires off the motor. There is a big plastic piece that holds a small plastic piece that holds the motor. Remove the plastic piece that holds the motor/fan (you might be able to swap the motor by removing the little plastic piece that holds the motor, or you can remove the bigger piece and then remove the small piece that holds the motor). Pull the fan blade off (to reuse), swap the motor. NOTE - the new motor wire terminals may be on the opposite side of the motor vs. the old motor - that is not a problem - there is plenty of room for the wires. After the motor is installed put the fan blade back on, reinstall the removed plastic pieces in the back of the refrigerator. Now, I'd suggest a quick test. Make sure the new motor works and the fan blows before you button it up. Once you know it works, power it off, and put the sheet metal cover back on, reinstall the basket brackets, put the baskets back in place, close the door, and turn it back on.
Other Parts Used:
Fan Grommet Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz
  • Frederick from APEX, NC
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Evaporator Fan Motor quit working; top shelves of freezer got too warm
After viewing online videos of the repair process, it was very easy to replace the evaporator fan motor - just remove the back panel of the freezer compartment for EASY access to the evaporator motor. I received the new motor a day earlier than I thought I would. I took 15 to 20 minutes to replace the old motor. The only problem was the wiring on the new motor was on the opposite side of the motor as compared with the old motor. I was able to rotate the new motor enough for the new wiring to connect. VERY HAPPY with the results. A word of caution: the motor mounting brackets are plastic - go easy when trying to remove the brackets.
  • Adrian from REXBURG, ID
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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It was making a noise
Take out shelves and back shelf pins and remove long cover. Disconnect wires and take old part out and installed new part. Then reversed and put everything back together. It worked perfect. No more noise
  • AUDRA from GRIFFIN, GA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Upper 1/2 of freezer not cold. Upper half of refrigerator not cold
Removed all drawers in freezer. Removed screws from slides for drawers on left side of freezer. Removed evaporator coil cover screws from behind where freezer drawers and shelf’s are. Removed wires from motor. Removed blade. Pressed black clip on both sides and removed motor. Reverse this process and put unit back together. Now fridge works great.

On the door cams. Just remove the top hinge on door. Replace upper and lower parts and replace door.
Other Parts Used:
Door Cam - Black Thimble Top Lower Door Closing Cam Evaporator Fan Blade EveryDrop Water Filter Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz
  • Wade from STERRETT, AL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers
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Upper halves of Refridgerator and Freezer were too warm.
Unplug fridge, remove shelves, remove back cover, unplug old motor, remove adapters from old motor, put adapters on new motor, install new motor, replace cover, replace shelves, plug fridge back in, give it 24 hours to stabilize thermally.
  • Joshua from GOFFSTOWN, NH
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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noisy fan motors
remove the condenser fan mounting bracket, install new motor on bracket, then install bracket in refrigerator. Only issue is the smaller your hands the better, it is a tight fit, but not too hard to do. The evap fan motor is behind the back wall of the freezer. Empty the freezer and remove the back panel. Remove the fan blade and pull the 3 connections loose. Replace the bad motor with the new one, connect electrical connections back up and you are done. All parts were in stock and shipped in 3 business days. This is the second time I have used this site for repairs, I highly recommend them for any appliance repairs.
Other Parts Used:
Condenser Fan Motor Kit Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz
  • Larry from ARAB, AL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Socket set
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Noisey Evaporator Fan Motor
removed freezer shelves, removed back panel with screw driver. removed wires from fan motor, removed fan motor from mounting bracket, removed fan from motor. installed new motor in mounting bracket, installed fan on new motor,installed wiring on new motor. turned power on to check operation, installed rear panel and shelves. total time for job about a half hour
  • Les from Pine Beach, NJ
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Refrigerator/Freezer not cooling
Disconnect power to refrigerator. Removed all food from Freezer. Removed all Shelves and shelf clips. Used phillips screwdriver and removed 6 screws from lower rear panel covering evaporator coil. Removed panel. Pulled plastic fan blade off top of motor shaft. Unclip top front of black motor retainer clip which then allowed the rear clip to unhook. Removed clip. Then removed 3 wires from fan motor, noting proper location for replacement. Slide the fan motor out to the left. Installed new motor. Reinstalled clip, hooking rear side first. Then rehooked the 3 wires. Slide fan blade back on top until secure. Tested everything at this point before reassembling rear panel. Then replace rear panel, replace the 6 screws, replace shelf clips and shelves and replace food. Very easy to do and saved about $150 over a service call to troubleshoot and re-visit to install after getting part
Other Parts Used:
Evaporator Fan Motor - 120V 60Hz Fan Grommet
  • Walter from Cairo, GA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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evaporator fan motor
turned off the fridge ,removed the backwall plate in the freezer, replaced the motor. hint take your time taking off the blade fan the replacement is 20.00
  • William from Las Vegas, NV
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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fan noisey, then stopped--no cold air circulation.
Side by side 25cf unit. removed contents from freezer, removed shelving, removed ice maker, removed shelving brackets, removed rear wall that serves as cold air duct, unplugged three electrical leads, pried off fan blade using putty knife to spread the prying force, removed fan motor by unlatching plastic mount ears.

Installing new motor is reverse of the above sequence. Very, very easy. Make sure you have the fridge turned off so power to the motor is cut off. Allows the light to remain on in the freezer, so you can see what you are doing.
  • Gary from Acworth, GA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Barbara
September 27, 2017
My drain pan is filling and overflowing on the floor. Will replacing this part fix the problem? Is this what causes the water to evaporate during defrost cycle?
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Hi Barbara, Thank you for your inquiry. If your drip pan is overflowing, this may be caused by excessive humidity or there is not enough heat exchange from the compressor. The heat from the compressor is what evaporates the water in the drip pan. There may also be an issue with the a clogged or frozen drain line or a condenser fan issue. You may also have to check the defrost timer as well. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Robert
October 25, 2017
Freezer is cold but refrigerator is warm and water is collecting under the vegetable/meat bin. What part would I need to solve the problem?
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Hi Robert, Thank you for the question. The first thing to check would be the fan at the back of the freezer. If this fan is not running the air would not circulate properly. If the fan is running you can check the rubber gasket around the door. Make sure there are no gaps or defects. If it is letting warm air in it can effect the temperature and cause sweating inside the appliance. If the coils have a ice build up or frost, you may need to replace the Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat. If there is no frost build up I suggest testing the Thermostat Assembly. It is also a good idea to check the Air Diffuser Assembly to make sure it is opening and closing, letting cold air from the freezer over to the Fresh Food section. Hope this helps!

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John
March 25, 2019
I have a kenmore coldspot 106.57282791. Noticed today that fridge was only cool, not cold.The freezer was at 17f, fridge at 46f. (sigh) could hear the fan come on when freezer door was left open for a minute (while checking things out). shifted control to direct most cold to fridge, and temperature control dial was set on 4 (6 is Max cold). on the fridge side, a small amount of cold air is coming through the diffuser. checked temperature a while later, fridge now up to 50f (guess i'm throwing a lot of stuff out). turned controls to direct Max cold to fridge, and set to coldest. checked about 5 hours later (just now), and fridge temp down to 30c. i've the balance to be even between freezer and fridge for now and see what happens. from those details, any idea if i'm looking at an evaporator fan/motor, diffuser, or other problem?
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Hello John, thank you for inquiring. For this symptom, there are a few parts that may provide a fix. You may want to try replacing the Thermostat Assembly part PS11739232; the Defrost Timer part PS11723171; or the Bi-Metal Defrost Thermostat part PS11750673. We hope this helps.

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Anthony
June 2, 2023
Fan motor making a rumbling noise and the rpm's rise and fall slightly. Can you tell me what might be happening? All else seems to be working.
For model number ED5LHAXWT00
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Hi Anthony, thank you for reaching out. Based on the description that you have provided, we would recommend checking the fan blades first for any damage. If that is not causing the issue, then you may need to check the evaporator fan motor, part number PS557957, as it is most likely faulty and may need to be replaced. We hope this helps!

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Dan
May 13, 2019
Ref works than stops. Turn temp off or pull plug reset works for afew days shuts off. Sounds like the thermostat is bad or defrost timer. What parts do you suggest i get first
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Hello Dan, thank you for inquiring. For this symptom you will want to replace either the Thermostat Assembly part PS11739232, the Start Relay part PS11770133, or the Evaporator Fan Motor part PS557957. We hope this helps.

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Lee
November 22, 2017
Compressor not getting any power
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Hi Lee, Thank you for the question.If there is no power going to the compressor, I suggest checking the outlet the appliance is plugged into. You can also check the wiring to make sure nothing has come lose or is defective.If the compressor is getting power but not coming on, I suggest testing the Capacitor, Part Number: PS11757023 and the Overload Part Number: PS392659, with a Multi Meter to see if they are defective. Hope this helps!

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Rick St. Charles
April 4, 2018
Fridge emits a loud buzzing which seems to be coming from the evaporator cover vibrating. When the cover is removed and the evaporator fan motor is on, the noise disappears. Have tried putting weatherstripping on the inside edges of the cover, but that didn't help. Thank you for your help. ~rick
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Hi Rick, Thank you for your question. If the noise is coming from the cover when the motor is on, the cover may not be secure or it is possible that the fan blade may intercepting the cover. You will need to inspect the parts to see which ones are causing the issue. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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David
June 30, 2021
Is this the right motor for my refrigerator?
For model number 10659512990
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Hello David , Thank you for the question. We have researched the model you have provided and have found the part you are looking for is PartSelect Number: PS557957. We hope this helps!

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