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Repair Center  How to Replace the Condenser Fan Motor on a GE Refrigerator

Why Read This Article?

  • Learn how to fix a faulty refrigerator
  • Replace a condenser fan motor in a GE refrigeator
  • Save time and money by fixing your appliances yourself!

Article Breakdown

Repair Information:
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Frequency: As needed Removing the condenser fan motor
1. Unplug the refrigerator

2. Remove the back panel
3. Loosen and remove the bracket screw
4. Disconnect the wiring harness
5. Pull the condenser fan assembly away from the fridge
6. Remove the upper bracket
7. Remove the motor
8. Remove the wiring harness
9. Clean the fan and bracket
Installing the new condenser fan motor
1. Install the motor

2. Secure the top bracket
3. Reinstall the wiring harness
4. Reinstall the condenser fan assembly
5. Secure the assembly
6. Reconnect the wiring harness
7. Clean the condenser coil
8. Replace the back panel
9. Plug in the refrigerator

Video

Tools & Materials

  • Screwdriver
  • Vacuum or Air Compressor
  • Rag

How to Replace the Condenser Fan Motor on a GE Refrigerator

October 25, 2013
In this repair article, Mark will walk you through the steps of removing and replacing a condenser fan motor in a General Electric refrigerator.
If your fridge is running loud or just not getting as cool as it once did, the condenser fan motor may be to blame. In this article, our tool-guru Mark will help walk you through the process of replacing the condenser fan motor on a Genereal Electric refrigerator. It's a simple repair that anyone can complete with the help of this article.

  Don't forget to order the parts used in this article by clicking here.   Removing the condenser fan motor

1. Unplug the refrigerator

You'll need to first slide the refrigerator away from the wall, then unplug it from the wall.

 

2. Remove the back panel

The condenser is located behind the lower back panel of the fridge. Simply remove the screws that are securing this panel and set it aside.

 

3. Loosen and remove the bracket screw

We've found that it's easiest to remove the entire condenser assembly together. Find and remove the condenser bracket screw.

 

4. Disconnect the wiring harness

Use your thumb to press in the tab on the harness to remove it.

 

5. Pull the condenser fan assembly away from the fridge

You can now freely pull the complete assembly out of the fridge.

 

6. Remove the upper bracket

Remove the two screws on the top of the upper bracket pull it away from the motor.

 

7. Remove the motor

Press down on the fan and pull the motor upwards to remove it.

 

8. Remove the wiring harness

Carefully detach the wiring harness and set it aside.

 

9. Clean the fan and bracket

It's always a good idea to clean the bracket with it removed from the fridge. Use an air compressor or vacuum to clean the grime and dust from the bracket and fan.

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Installing the new condenser fan motor

1. Install the new motor

Your new motor should come with replacement rubber bushings. Slide one of these over the spindle on the new motor and press the motor back into the fan.

 

2. Secure the top bracket

Place the other rubber bushing on the top of the motor, followed by the top bracket, and secure it with the two screws.

 

3. Reinstall the wiring harness

This should snap back into place the same way it was removed.

 

4. Reinstall the condenser fan assembly

 Slide the complete assembly back into the fridge the same way it was removed.

 

5. Secure the assembly

Line up the tabs on the coil with the condenser bracket and secure the assembly with the screw.

 

6. Reconnect the wiring harness

Snap the wiring harness back together.

 

7. Clean the condenser coil

Use an air compressor or vacuum to remove the dust and grime on the coil.

 

8. Replace the back panel

Slide the panel back into position and secure with the screws that were removed earlier.

 

9. Plug in the refrigerator

Simply plug in the fridge to complete this repair.

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Conclusion Congratulations! You've now completed the replacement of the condenser fan motor in your GE fridge. Repairing your appliances at home will save you time, money and give you the knowledge necessary to start fixing anything around your house. Now turn that fridge as cold as possible and enjoy your refreshing beverages!   To browse all of our refrigerator parts, please visit our refrigerator parts page!   [Back to Top]
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