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What to Do If the Refrigerator Fan Is Not Working?

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The average refrigerator uses 81 cents of electricity a day. However, if your refrigerator fan is not running then the cold air from the freezer is not being circulated efficiently and this cost could be doubled or even tripled. A fridge with a fan not working could even cause foods furthest from the cold air intake to become spoiled and make you sick. 

If you have a refrigerator fan that is stopped, you can look at this list and find the most common causes and actions you can take to fix these causes.

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Reasons for a Fridge Fan Not Working

The freezer fan not working to get cold air to the refrigerator can cause loss of food due to spoiling, sickness due to consuming bad food, and even an increase in your utility bill as the fridge continues to try to pump cold air with no circulation from the fan. It is in the best interest of your health and finances to diagnose the cause of your fridge fan not working. Some of the most common reasons why a refrigerator fan stopped working are: 

Fan is Blocked

The fan is a physical component that is constantly spinning when on. If the freezer or fridge are so jam-packed with items that the fan is somehow blocked, it will not spin and cause the fridge fan to stop circulating freezer air into the cabin of the refrigerator. This may help you to troubleshoot a refrigerator fan motor not working

Faulty Fan Motor

The motor that spins the fan blades of the refrigerator can become broken if struck or even faulty with time or leaking from the fridge. If the fan motor is faulty, the fan will stop working even if not obstructed and still connected to power. 

Thermostat Control Issues

The refrigerator fan will stop working if the temperature in the fridge is correct. However, if the thermostat that reads the temperature has issues, it can cause the fan to stop working. You will need to gain access to and test the continuity of the thermostat and possibly replace it. 

Actions to Take How to Fix a Fridge Fan

If you have diagnosed the problem or still need to check, the following list will give you the steps that you can take to find the problem causing the fridge fan to stop working and then fix the problem

Remove the Obstruction

It sounds simple, but if you have food stuffed in every nook and cranny of the icebox, you might have accidentally blocked the fan from spinning. Simply, move the food so that it is not touching the fan. 

Test and Replace the Fan Motor

The fan motor is located behind the fan itself. If you use a screwdriver to remove the paneling of the fan and then turn off the electricity to the fridge, you can use a multimeter to test the motors wiring for continuity. If you get infinity readings coming from any of the connections, the motor is faulty and needs to be replaced. 

Replace the Thermostat

The thermostat is located on the bottom of the control panel of the refrigerator. Remove the control panel door with a screwdriver and find the metal casing held by a bracket which is connecting the thermostat to the fridge. If you test the two wires coming into the thermostat for continuity with infinity readings, remove the thermostat and replace it with another. 

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When it comes to appliance repair, our team has been in this business for many years. Our TSSA licensed technicians can get the job done and we always strive for the best customer service. The refrigerator is the heart of the kitchen and needs to be functioning properly. Take the guesswork out of troubleshooting your repair and trust our team of friendly experts to fix your fridge. 

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Appliances that need repair can be dangerous and costly. Luckily, our team of qualified appliance repair technicians can get the job done for you. Take a moment to contact us with any issues you may have by going on our quote page or by calling 1-888-242-0777. When you get in touch with FIX Appliances CA you can be sure that our service to our customers is our top priority!

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