how to change the condenser fan motor on the refrigerator. It’s actually a pretty easy job. You’re going to need a few tools, ¼ inch and 5/16th nut driver, a utility knife, a roll of electrical tape, pair of wire strippers, needle-nose pliers, and a small thin blade screwdriver
Tools Required for changing condenser fan motor
Things you need to Disconnect before replacing the condenser fan motor
1. Pull the refrigerator out
2. Disconnect the water supply
3. Disconnect the electrical supply
Simple Steps to take out the condenser fan motor of fridge
remove the cover set
the condenser fan motor is located right here, there is a two-wire harness on this particular model, but check your installations and instructions that came with the part, for the version that you might have. It’s also held in place with three-quarter-inch hex head screws that hold the whole bracket that holds the motor.
Remove 3 screws on the back of the motor
There are also three screws on the back of the motor that we find it’s easier to take three bracket screws out first, remove the whole assembly, and then take the motor off the bracket. The location there is one here at that bottom, one at the top at the very back, and there is one inside closer to the bottom and all three need to be removed.
Disconnect the wire harness plug
Next, we’ll need to disconnect the wire harness plug, there is a little locking tab, just take a small blade screwdriver, insert thereto lift the tab up and separate the harness
Lift Motor Out Care Fully
Now next we’re going to lift that motor through the opening here in the rear and try very carefully not to damage the fan blades. We’re going to remove the fan, it’s on the place with one clips nut and the motor is held to the bracket with three 5/16ths hex head screws
changing the condenser motor of fridge
Now that we have the condenser fan motor and bracket assembly removed from the refrigerator, we can go about changing the motor
take the fan off
Now the first thing I want to do is to take the fan off, a pair of needle-nose pliers take that clips nut, turn it counterclockwise, get it loose and then we can spin it off by hand, glide the fan blade off of the motor and set that aside
remove the motor from the bracket
Next, we’re ready to remove the motor from the bracket. Take note of where the wire harness is, it’s coming out of the two closer arms in the upper position. Those are held in place by a 5/16ths hex head screw, remove all three of the screws of the bracket off of the motor
cut the wire
now we got to going to want to save this wire harness from this motor, because on this particular refrigerator that version requires using a wire harness, so we’ll just cut that off with a pair of wire cutters. Now that we’ve clipped the harness off of the old motor, we want to carefully strip back all about 3/8ths of an inch to 1/2 inch of the installation.
It’s a fairly light gauge wire, make sure that we don’t accidentally cut into the copper; we just want to remove the insulation, so with our wire strippers useable in the #16 gauge wire portion of it. And again be very careful that we don’t cut into the copper, it doesn’t give us a lot of lead room to work with here.
strip the wire back of new motor
Now with our new motor, we do the same thing we strip the wire back, take it were at, and you’ll note on the wire harness that one of those wires will be ripped, both on the piece that we cut off of the old motor and our new motor, that would indicate a rip and one indicates a neutral wire. So,
we’ll tie those two together, press the copper conductors together and install. As tightly as you can get that morette on, do the same with the remaining two wires, so they pushed it firmly together, install our second morette, now it’s a good idea to put a little bit of electrical tape around both of this morette, so that they don’t have any chance of becoming loose
install the motor to the bracket
Now that we have our new connector on the motor, we’re ready to install the motor to the bracket keeping in mind that the motor bracket sits in place more or less in that configuration; we want to keep the wire harness towards this leg. The kit supplies you with three new 5/16ths hex head screws.
install the fan blade
Next I am going to install the fan blade, the supplies with anew speed nut or clips nut, tighten that with a pair of pliers, now it’s a good idea to take the harness a little bit of electrical tape to shorten that up a bit, tape it to one of the arms of the bracket, so that it doesn’t have to run a chance of getting into the blade.
install the new condenser motor and bracket in the refrigerator
Now we’re ready to install the new condenser motor and bracket back into the refrigerator. Before we reinstall the new condenser fan motor
clean out the motor from vacuum cleaner
It’s a good opportunity to take a vacuum cleaner and clean out all of this area, typical that will build up with pet hair and dust bunnies and it’s a good opportunity to clean that out
Install the motor
Now before we install the motor take note that two arms in this bracket are little closer together, those are the two that will be at the very back of the refrigerator, so it is sitting in this configuration.
take care don't damage the blades
Again, take care not to damage the fan blades as we put the motor in place, now you may to strap the screws by hand first once we line up the bracket arms
reinstall the harness
next we’ll reinstall the harness, make sure it locks in place, make sure that the fan is not hitting on anything, we’re ready to reinstall the rear cover.
Next we’ll reinstall the water line
check for leaks, plug the refrigerator in and ourrepair is complete. That just how easy it is to change the condenserfan motor kit on the refrigerator. Thanks for reading our article check related articles