January 18, 2016

Troubleshooting an Er If error code on a refrigerator video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Troubleshooting an Er If error code on a refrigerator.
Troubleshooting an Er If error code on a refrigerator.

If you see Er If on your refrigerator, it means you have a very specific problem. Sometimes, when moisture builds up in your refrigerator, it can short out your freezer's ice fan. The ice fan blows air through ducts in the door to cool the icemaker compartment.

Unfortunately, when the ice fan shorts, it usually damages components in your refrigerator’s main electronic control board, too. You’ll need to replace both parts to resolve the issue. This video from Sears PartsDirect shows how to fix the problem if your refrigerator is displaying an Er If error code.

For additional refrigerator repair help, check out our DIY Refrigerator Repair section for repair guides, articles, videos, answers to the most frequently asked questions and troubleshooting tips.

Tools and parts needed

Replace the ice fan

Hi, this is Wayne with Sears PartsDirect. Today we're going to talk about an Er If error code on a refrigerator.

The Er If error code indicates that you have a broken ice fan. The ice fan blows air through ducts in the door to cool the ice maker compartment. In some situations, excessive moisture can cause a short in the ice fan's circuit board. When the ice fan shorts, it can damage components in your refrigerator's main electronic control board.

You'll need to replace both parts to resolve the issue. We're going to replace the ice fan first.

Unplug the refrigerator. Open the freezer door. Push in the two tabs to remove the top wire drawer. Pull out the bottom freezer drawer basket. Remove the rail covers and then remove the front rail screws.

Pull off the front door along with the white rails. Remove the screws on both sides of the drawer. Pull out the lower side rails and gear assembly. Remove the upper shelf rail screws and pull out the upper shelf rail. Repeat this on the other side.

Remove the screw that holds the evaporator cover in place. These two screws hold the ice fan in place so the ice fan will be loose when you pull out the evaporator cover. Remove the ice fan screws. Pull the evaporator cover forward and disconnect the fan wire harness and then you can pull the old ice fan out.

Install the new fan in the evaporator cover and reinstall the screws.

Now we just need to put it all back together.

Plug the fan wire harness back in. Push the evaporator cover into place and reinstall the mounting screw. Reinstall the upper wire drawer rails. Reinstall the lower drawer side rails and gear assembly. Reinstall the freezer door. Reinstall the rail covers. Drop the freezer drawer basket back into place. Reinstall the top wire drawer. 

Replace the main electronic control board

Now we'll replace the electronic control board on the back of the refrigerator.

With the refrigerator still unplugged, remove the mounting screws and pull off the cover. Disconnect all of the wires from the old electronic control board. If you take a picture, you'll know how to reconnect them later. Release the locking tabs and pull the old control board out. Snap the new electronic control board into place. Reconnect all of the control board wires. Reinstall the cover. Now it's safe to plug the refrigerator back in.

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Symptoms common to all refrigerators

Choose a symptom to see related refrigerator repairs.

Main causes: leaky door gasket, defrost system failure, evaporator fan not running, dirty condenser coils, condenser fan not running
Main causes: blocked air vents, compressor problems, condenser or evaporator fan not working, control system failure, sensor problems
Main causes: jammed ice cubes, broken ice maker assembly, dirty water filter, kinked water line, bad water valve, freezer not cold enough
Main causes: water valve leaking, frozen or broken defrost drain tube, overflowing drain pan, cracked water system tubing, leaking door seal
Things to do: clean condenser coils, replace the water filter, clean the interior, adjust doors to prevent air leaks, clean the drain pan
Main causes: damaged door seal, faulty defrost sensor or bi-metal thermostat, broken defrost heater, bad defrost timer or control board
Main causes: control board or cold control failure, broken compressor start relay, compressor motor failure, defrost timer problems
Main causes: blocked vents, defrost system problems, evaporator fan failure, dirty condenser coils, bad sensors, condenser fan not working

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How to replace a refrigerator temperature control board

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Time required
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Replace the water valve that feeds water to the ice maker and water dispenser if it no longer controls the flow of water.

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Troubleshooting an Er If error code on a refrigerator video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to fix your refrigerator if it's displaying an Er If error code.