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Replacing a Condenser Fan Motor in Your Whirlpool Refrigerator

Keeping food cool is the primary function of a refrigerator, and when it is not doing that then it is a big problem. However, there are quite a lot of causes that will stop your refrigerator from cooling. One such cause is that your condenser fan motor has gone out. If your refrigerator does not have the coils on the back, then it needs the condenser fan to pull air through the bottom panel to keep your refrigerator cold.

Typically the rule of thumb is that if your refrigerator isn’t being cool at all or isn’t running, your problem is likely bigger than a burnt out condenser fan motor. If your refrigerator cools but just doesn’t get cool enough, the fan could be to blame. This can be confirmed with a multimeter, however.

Before you begin, you will need to:

  • Disconnect the power to your refrigerator
  • Disconnect the water hose from the inlet valve
  • A Phillips screwdriver
  • A Flathead screwdriver
  • A nut driver
  • A replacement condenser fan motor #W10239053 (This model will work in other brands of refrigerator, but be sure to look up specifically what replacement part other brands will need, just in case.)

How to Replace a Condenser Fan Motor

After disconnecting the water and power, you will want to have your refrigerator pulled out enough so you can comfortably reach the back bottom panel. Using your Phillips, unscrew the back panel and then disconnect the wire harness so you can fully remove it.

The condenser motor will be attached to the condenser fan. You will want to start by gently removing the fan blade. Next, depress the locking tab with your Flathead to remove the wire harness from the motor.

Now you will want to remove the screws holding the motor on with your nut driver. The motor should now pull free. Position the new motor on the mounting bracket and remount it using the screws. Attaching the wire harness and the fan blade, which will allow you to reassemble the refrigerator.