Your refrigerator plays a big role in the kitchen. It provides ample storage space to keep your foods fresh, making life easier. Fortunately, most refrigerators are long-lasting. But just like most home appliances, it might get damaged and need repair. When that happens, you have to repair it immediately. Otherwise, your food will spoil, leading to losses. The motor fans are responsible for cooling the fridge. It is important to know how they work and what to check if they are damaged.
Types of Refrigerators Motors
You will find two types of motors in refrigerators: condenser fan motor and evaporator fan motor. These two are responsible for cooling the food in the fridge. If they get damaged, your fridge may turn on, but it will not cool the food stored.
The Condenser Fan Motor
The condenser fan motor is located outside the fridge. Its role is to draw air from the rear or front of the fridge and cool the compressor and condenser coil. But if it malfunctions, the compressor can overheat and shut down. The motor size usually depends on the size of the fridge. But generally, motors vary in voltage, size, and rotation. All this information is found on the motor. When buying a refrigeration unit, check for this information as it will come in handy when ordering replacement parts. Rotation is also vital for the function of the unit. It can be clockwise or counterclockwise.
The fan blade is an integral part of the motor. It resembles the motor in that it is either clockwise or counterclockwise. Usually, the fan blade’s rotation will be stamped on the blade. When scheduling for condenser fan repair or replacement, ensure you get a fan blade of similar rotation.
The Evaporator Fan Motor
The evaporator is usually inside the fridge. Its role is to help distribute cool air throughout the fridge. Your fridge can either have the open winding evaporative motor or the closed type evaporative motor.
In the open winding evaporative motor, you can see the copper wires as they are exposed. Open winding motors are often reversible. That means you can move from clockwise to counterclockwise and the other way round.
On the other hand, a closed winding motor is encased, and the rotation is usually stamped on the motor. If the motor fails, it must be replaced because it cannot be repaired. It is also important to let an expert handle evaporator fan repair to ensure you do not ruin anything while trying to DIY.
As with any appliance, the most important thing to remember is the serial number and model of the equipment. These two will allow you to know which replacement parts your refrigerator needs.
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