How to Replace the Condenser Fan Motor in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator



This DIY repair guide gives instructions for replacing the condenser fan motor in a top-mount refrigerator. The condenser fan motor blows air across the condenser coils to remove heat from the hot refrigerant coming out of the compressor. The cooled refrigerant then moves into the evaporator. If the condenser fan motor doesn't run when activated, the air in the refrigerator becomes too warm. If the condenser fan motor isn't working, replace it with the manufacturer-approved replacement part that fits your refrigerator model.

This repair procedure works for Kenmore, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana, JennAir, GE, Samsung, LG, Gibson, Crosley and Haier refrigerators.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required:

  • Condenser fan motor

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

Tools Required:

  • Nut driver set
  • Wrench set
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable 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 or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

How to Replace the Condenser Fan Motor in a Top-Freezer Refrigerator

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2: Remove the rear compartment cover

Pull the refrigerator away from the wall.


Remove the screws from the rear compartment cover and then remove the cover.

Step 3: Remove the condenser fan motor

Remove the front base screw from the fan motor bracket.


Pivot the bracket toward the compressor and remove the rear bracket base screw.


Tilt the fan motor bracket toward the condenser and remove the upper mounting screws that hold the condenser fan motor in the bracket.


Tilt the motor bracket toward the compressor and remove the fan motor from the bracket.


Unplug the fan motor wire harness and pull out the motor.


Pull off the fan blade.

Step 4: Install the new condenser fan motor

Install the fan blade on the new motor.


Plug in the motor wire harness.


Position the new motor on the motor bracket and reinstall the upper mounting screws.


Reinstall the base bracket screws.

Step 5: Reinstall the rear compartment cover

Position the rear compartment cover on the back of the refrigerator and reinstall the mounting screws. 

Step 6: Restore electrical power

Plug in the refrigerator and push the refrigerator back into place.