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charlie11

06:46AM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 08/13/05
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I am having trouble with my side by side frige/freezer. The evaporator fan in the freezer doesn't aways work properly. So the bottom of the freezer and refrigerator stays cold but because the fan isn't working properly the top gets warm. I took off the panel in the freezer to check it out. I turned the fan by hand, it's not frozen or seized up. After i put the cover back on, once the freezer is thawed, the fan will work for a couple of hours, or a day. Not sure what it could be, not sure what controls the powers the fan, maybe a bad thermometer of something????? thanks.

DanO

02:36PM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** not sure what controls the powers the fan **

Me neither since you haven't identified which appliance is in question, not even its make. They're not all the same.

If you post the brand name AND model number (see the following link), we'll see if we can suggest anything.

- Model Number Tag Search

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/parts/tagsearch.cgi

I will warn you that intermittent problems are often the hardest to isolate unless you can test for them *at the time of failure*.

JFYI

Dan O.

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ellis76

01:41PM | 10/23/07
Member Since: 10/22/07
3 lifetime posts
I'm having the same problem mentioned in the posting I'm responding to. At first I thought it was just the defrost timer but I replaced it and I'm still having problems. The bottoms of both the freezer and refrigerator are cold while the tops are not. In fact my Ice in my Ice Maker melts and then refreezes on the bottom. I believe it is either the Evaporator Fan or Defrost Thermostat but I'm not sure. Is there anyway to check before I buy both parts. The type of Refrigerator that I have is a Whirlpool Side by Side Model # ED22CQXFW01.

DanO

06:35PM | 10/23/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** The bottoms of both the freezer and refrigerator are cold while the tops are not. **

The only way that could occur is by poor air circulation throughout the cabinet.

** I believe it is either the Evaporator Fan or Defrost Thermostat but I'm not sure. **

While the evaporator fan not working would certainly hamper air movement (see the following link), NO cold air at all would usually get into the fridge compartment to cool there in such a case. I think you likely have some other air flow problem.

Have you actually seen that motor not running when it should be?

- My frost free refrigerator is not cooling properly. What might be the problem?

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=659

A defrost limit thermostat failure would only prevent the defrost system from functioning resulting in an excessive frost buildup on the evaporator (cooling) coil. Is there evidence of excessive frosting of the evaporator coil?

While that could restrict proper air flow, the same condition would result with a defrost timer or defrost heater failure (see the following link).

- How does a frost free refrigerator's defrost system work?

LINK > www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=658

BTW. The defrost thermostat has nothing to do with the evaporator fan motor on your model.

I think someone needs to do some actual investigation to find out what is actually hampering the air flow through the appliance.

** Is there anyway to check both parts. **

The fan motor used on your model (see the following link) is a conventional type and should run whenever it is receiving 120 volts. The defrost limit thermostat's operation is explained at the link above.

- Whirlpool ED22CQXFW01 Evaporator Fan Motor

LINK > www.appliance411.com/data.php?rc=921541

JMO

Dan O.

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ellis76

09:40AM | 10/24/07
Member Since: 10/22/07
3 lifetime posts
From what I could tell the Fan Motor does not come on on it's own. In fact the only was I was able to get it to cut on was by manually turning the fan and then it only lasted for a few minutes. I actually ran it through a defrost cycle by triggering the defrost timer and it never came on, but the defrost heater did and was able to defrost the coil.

The coil did not have excessing frost build up probably only about a third of it at the top had frost on it and it quickly melted when I tripped the defrost timer.

There is definitley no cool air coming through the top vent; the cooling in the lower part of the fridge is not cold but simply cool. Could this cool air simply be bleed over from the Veg/Meat trays at the bottom?

The coldest part of the whole appliance is the bottom of the freezer where it continues to freeze goods.

Is there anyway for me to check the airflow?

DanO

11:17AM | 10/24/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** I could tell the Fan Motor does not come on on it's own. **

If the fan motor IS getting power but NOT running, it is defective and needs to be replaced... as long as there is nothing just hampering the fan blade's movement.

** Could this cool air simply be bleed over from the Veg/Meat trays at the bottom? **

Those trays should get their cooling from the air circulating through the fridge compartment. I guess some minimal air could just be coming through the lower return air vent?

JMO

Dan O.

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ellis76

08:59AM | 10/25/07
Member Since: 10/22/07
3 lifetime posts
Thanks!

DanO

06:10PM | 10/25/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
Let us know how you eventually make out.

Dan O.

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