Refrigerator Repair: Replacing The Condenser Fan Motor
One of the most important things you need to do keep your refrigerator running well is to know how to do your own refrigerator repair. If your refrigerator doesn’t seem to be cooling as well you may need to do your own refrigerator repair to replace the condenser fan motor.
•New condenser fan motor
•Laminate or thin wood for moving the refrigerator
•Box and socket wrenches
Step 1–Check the Motor
As with all electrical appliances you want to start by unplugging your refrigerator and move it into your workspace. Use the laminate or wood to protect your floor and allow the refrigerator to slide easily.
Take the cover off the motor compartment and then use a soft brush to clean the dust off the equipment inside. After that, vacuum the area to clean up any loose debris that might cause trouble while you’re working.
Check to see if the fan blades move easily. If it stutters or won’t move then you will have to replace the fan blade. If the motor isn’t working at all, replace the entire motor.
Step 2–Find the New Part
There are several places you can get a new condenser fan motor. You can get one from the company that made your refrigerator, or you can get the part from your local appliance store. You can also go online and order the part from a surplus store. You need to make sure you have the make and model of your refrigerator written down so that when you make your purchase, you know that you have the right part for your refrigerator. It’s also a good idea to compare prices online or call around to make sure that the supplier you choose is not over charging you. Condenser fan motors cost in the price range of $40 to $60, but price varies drastically from model to model.
Step 3-Remove the Motor
It’s easy to remove the motor. You just remove the wires from the terminal block with your needle-nose pliers. Then take your screwdriver or socket wrenches, depending on the fastener and remove the mounting screws that attach the fan assembly and the bracket to the metal piece inside the motor area. Take the assembly from out of the motor compartment very carefully. Then you can take the fan blade off the motor by undoing the nut that attaches the fan to the motor. Take the fan blade and its rubber washer off the motor shaft.
Step 4–Replace Mounting Brackets
The next you do is to take the mounting bracket from the old fan and put it on the new fan motor. Attach the rubber washer and the fan blade on the new motor. Put the nut on and then install the fan assembly and reattach the wires to the terminal block.
Step 5–Complete Installation
Once you’ve check to make sure the wires are clear of the moving parts, recover the opening, and then you can plug the refrigerator back in and test it.
The price of a fan motor is obviously far less than a new refrigerator and replacing it is simple. This replacement can save you a lot of money and headache. Once you get started, you’ll realize that there’s no reason to replace your refrigerator when all you need are a few simple tools and a half an hour of time.