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Evap Fan not working... need help


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#1 Demon

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 11:24 AM

OK, after looking through the forums for a little while now I thought it would be best to post this one as I had not seen anything close.

Background: Kenmore 596.5864290 Side by side with water/ice in door... REAPLACED Evap-fan motor part # 10513803

Story: OK, came home yester day and grabbed for a cold soda and to my surprise it wasn't... cold that is... anyway, popped open the freezer door and my Ice ain't Ice... more of a pool of ice in the bottom where the evap coils are. OK, so now I got big ol mess, lucky mom stopped by because wife and I were up to our necks with a mess from all the melted crap. Get everything out and cleaned up. Pull the back cover off and click it on and no fan.... AHHH HAAA!!! :shock: Next day run to parts store, go home, return to parts store with numbers that I left on desk. (useless info I know but hey) Get my new motor and head home.. should have nice frosty soda in no time!!! WRONG! :yikes: New fan popped in, twist the knob, compressor fires up and nada... fan ain't turnin... Double check wires, ground, all bolts.. NADA!!! :yikes:

I figure it must be a relay or maybe a switch problem but have no clue where to look or anything and can't find a diagram anywhere to show where to look..

Thanks in advance for any help.



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Posted 16 August 2005 - 12:47 PM

Sounds like you're stuck in defrost, but re-check the model number - I can't get anything up on the one you gave (should have 8 digits after the 596.).
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 12:53 PM

Looks like Maytag frig with the Kenmore name on it, but could not bring up that model number to see what is in there, can you recheck this please?
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 12:55 PM

Hummmmm, would the compressor not be dead in defrost?  He said the compressor was running......
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 01:04 PM

I am sorry, my fast fingers missed a diget there... 596.58642890, and yes I do belive that it is a maytag in disguise... The compressor is kicking on and the coils are icing up when it is turned on but fan won't turn to circulate the nice coldness ;)

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 02:47 PM

[user=2834]Demon[/user] wrote:

REAPLACED Evap-fan motor part # 10513803


Before you replaced the evap fan, did you check to see whether or not the fan motor was getting voltage?

Post a legible and properly oriented copy of the wiring diagram for your fridge (it's cleverly hidden in the fridge-- look around, you'll find it). On some of these, the evap fan circuit is completed through the defrost thermostat.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 02:56 PM

2 problems with that ;( one I have no way to scan the diagram, 2 it's a bit tore up from being under the fridge... but it does connect to the defrost timer and terminator both then to the temp control. I hope this helps with the figuring out of what/where I should look

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 02:58 PM

Also, had a couple pretty bad storms here but no severe surges, but we did have several temporary outages.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 03:15 PM

Ohm out the defrost thermostat. Make sure it's at freezer temp first. If it's open, replace it-- that was probably the original problem.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 03:32 PM

I am slightly confused, at freezer temp?

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 03:53 PM

Don't let it warm up when you test it or it will always read open and the test won't mean anything.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 03:56 PM

ahh ok so test it with everything off as it is now, and has been for the last day and a half.


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Posted 16 August 2005 - 04:08 PM

[user=2834]Demon[/user] wrote:

ahh ok so test it with everything off as it is now, and has been for the last day and a half.


Now, let's compare your reply with my unambiguous instructions:

Don't let it warm up when you test it or it will always read open and the test won't mean anything.





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Posted 17 August 2005 - 07:37 AM

[user=2834]Demon[/user] wrote:

ahh ok so test it with everything off as it is now, and has been for the last day and a half.

Um, no, that would be room temperature.  Perhaps you could take it to your mother's house and put in in her freezer for an hour or two then test it?


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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:50 AM

We had the same problem with our refrigerator. After the second time, Sears replaced the sub kit, defrost. I believe by our receipt that the part number is 46464R0161088.  Our fridge would work then it wouldn't. Since they've replaced the part we haven't had any problems.


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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:55 AM

I forgot to tell you that Sears charged us $40.28 for the parts, I won't even mention the labor costs!! Well, anyway the sub kit for the defrost is what you need. Hope this helped.




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