February 20, 2015

How to replace a freezer evaporator fan

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer evaporator fan

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace an evaporator fan in a freezer. The evaporator fan in a freezer blows air across the evaporator and through the freezer cabinet to cool the freezer. If the fan stops working, the freezer warms up. Replace a broken evaporator fan with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This repair guide and video shows how to replace the evaporator fan in Kenmore, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Whirlpool, GE, KitchenAid, Gibson, Crosley, Tappan and Amana freezers.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Nut driver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
45 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
45 minutes or less
How to replace a freezer evaporator fan repair guide video.

Replacing a freezer evaporator fan video.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect the electrical power

    Unplug the freezer or shut off the circuit breaker for the freezer.

    Tip: Move highly perishable food to a cooler or other cooled space. The freezer will be without power for about 45 minutes, which shouldn't affect most frozen foods.
  2. 02.

    Remove the evaporator cover

    Remove the drawers and shelves from the freezer.

    Remove the screws from the evaporator cover at the back of the freezer.

    Pull the evaporator cover out of the freezer.

    Remove the freezer drawers.

    Remove the freezer drawers.

    Remove the evaporator cover screws.

    Remove the evaporator cover screws.

    Pull out the evaporator cover.

    Pull out the evaporator cover.

  3. 03.

    Remove the evaporator fan

    Unplug the evaporator fan wires.

    Remove the mounting bolts that hold the evaporator fan in the bracket.

    Pull the evaporator fan out of the freezer.

    Unplug the fan wires.

    Unplug the fan wires.

    Remove the fan mounting screws.

    Remove the fan mounting screws.

    Pull the fan out.

    Pull the fan out.

  4. 04.

    Install the new evaporator fan

    Remove the spring retainer from the fan blade.

    Pull the fan blade off of the old evaporator fan and install it on the new evaporator fan assembly.

    Position the new fan on the bracket and reinstall the mounting bolts.

    Plug the fan wires into the wire harness plug.

    Remove the fan blade spring retainer.

    Remove the fan blade spring retainer.

    Pull the evaporator fan blade off.

    Pull the evaporator fan blade off.

    Install the fan blade on the new evaporator fan motor.

    Install the fan blade on the new evaporator fan motor.

    Install the new fan in the bracket.

    Install the new fan in the bracket.

    Connect the fan wires.

    Connect the fan wires.

  5. 05.

    Reinstall the evaporator cover

    Position the evaporator cover on the back wall and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Reinstall the evaporator cover gasket.

    Reinstall the drawers and shelves inside the freezer cabinet.

    Reisntall the evaporator cover.

    Reisntall the evaporator cover.

    Reinstall the evaporator cover gasket.

    Reinstall the evaporator cover gasket.

  6. 06.

    Restore electrical power

    Plug in the freezer or turn on the house circuit breaker to restore power.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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