Frigidaire fridge Evaporator Fan not Working but able to turn by hand

Model: FGHN2844LF3

•My freezer is cooling, albeit not to the ideal temperature, and my refrigerator is not getting cold. The freezer stays around 11-19 degrees, the fridge stays around 75-78.

•the refrigerator temp is displaying SY, freezer temp displaying EF which I’ve read is an evaporator fan issue but also could lead to control board??

•I unplugged the fridge for 48 hours to see if when it turned back on it pointed to the defrost portion being the problem. It still didn’t work!!

•I removed the evaporator fan cover and the fan is able to be turned by hand but it’s not turning on its own. I did see two small 1 second periods where it tried to turn on it’s on but it’s definitely not turning consistently.

•the freezer light wasn’t turning on so I exchanged a fridge bulb with the freezer bulb to see if it was burned out or more of a control board issue and that light now turns on but I plugged the original freezer bulb in the fridge bulb spot and it works there too??

•the refrigerator “chirps” excessively when it’s turned on.

•it occasionally makes loud POPs and knocks. Sometimes the pops are as loud as a gun shot it seems but they range. It has done this for the duration of us owning it, so we’re not concerned about that if it did the cooling part. Just adding so I don’t miss any diagnostic details.

•the ice maker broke a month after we purchased the fridge (7 years ago) and we didn’t have it fixed because we had a stand alone ice maker. I only add this detail so that I can give all of the problems to see if they add up together. (That’s broken now too so it feels like I’m in an appliance graveyard.)

•the high temp alert beeps more than it seems it should even when the fridge is “working.” (Potential diagnostic detail)

please help,

I would like to know for sure about the evaporator fan before replacing it as I’ve read that sometimes it can end up not being the issue. I also don’t have a multimeter but could purchase one if it would help me greatly. Also, I am not a professional appliance repairman, but I have been able to fix our washer and dryer thanks to YouTube and google. I am confident I can fix almost anything but also am stay at home mom trying not to get electrocuted.

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The evaporator fan motor turns off when the door is opened. You can nanually open and close the door, holding then letting go of the switch to make sure the switch is working. Can you get the light to go on and off? If so than the switch is good. The chirping sound was the evapoter fan motor.

Replace the fan motor and it should be fine. The noises are caused by defrost heaters They heat and the ice is warming, and breaking loose causing the noise


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Without a multimeter or a substitute you really don’t stand much of a chance of diagnosing electrical issues:

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The SY EF means check the wiring or evaporator fan. But it can also lead to the main board. After jiggling the wires to look for loose connections and going over the main board with a soldering iron to repair any cold solders, further attempts to diagnose with a multimeter is an expertise in futility. Without actually testing, you’re just guessing and that means buying parts which may or may not solve the problem.

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Meggy B さん、ありがとうございました!

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