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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 45 min.

Parts Required

  • Evaporator fan

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Nut driver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

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.

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

How to Replace a Freezer Evaporator Fan

Step 1: Disconnect the electrical power

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

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Restore electrical power

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