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GE Refrigerator Repair Miami

GE Refrigerator Repair Miami

We get a lot of service calls for GE refrigerator repairs. Not because General Electric refrigerators are bad – in fact, they’re quite good.  The reason we get a lot of service calls on these (including GE Profile and GE Monogram styles), is because they are so good, they are very popular.  Still, no matter how good something is made, when it’s working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, eventually something is likely to go wrong and need a little maintenance or repair done to it.  There’s a reason why refrigerators are known as the “hardest working appliance in your house!”

One very common issue we get calls about is that the freezer compartment isn’t as cold as it should be.  Now this isn’t just a GE refrigerator problem – it’s something that happens across all brands, makes and models.  If this is what’s going on with your fridge, there is a simple process you can check to give you a bit of a better idea of what might be going wrong. This will help you whether you want to try a DIY repair, or just to inform our technician before they come out so we can get your refrigerator repaired as quickly as possible for you.

The first thing you want to check is if the back wall inside your freezer compartment is cold.  If it is NOT cold, then there is a good chance that you may have a problem with your refrigerator’s compressor.  You’ll probably need to pull the fridge out remove a back panel (usually made of cardboard or thin metal) to check on the compressor.

If the back of the freezer IS cold, we’ve got another question for you – do you feel any air flowing from the back vents, or do you hear a fan running?  If you answered yes to this, then again, you might have an issue with the compressor or with the evaporator fan. If you answered no, then it most certainly is an evaporator fan issue.

We’ll now have a look at a bit more information regarding your evaporator fan and what might be involved with replacing it, whether by you or a professional refrigerator repair technician.

Evaporator Fan Info

GE Refrigerator Repair- Replacing the Evaporator Fan Motor

Today we’re going to show you how to change the Evaporator Fan Motor on your refrigerator. It’s a really easy job; all we’re going to need is a pair of needle nose pliers, a Phillips screwdriver, and a small flat blade screwdriver, and a quarter inch and 5/16ths inch nut driver. Let me show you how we do it.

Now before we begin this repair the first thing that we’ll need to do is to pull the refrigerator out and disconnect the power. Simply pull the plug from the receptacle. Now our first step will be to open the freezer door, remove any items that are in the freezer including on the ice cube tray, and then we’re going to remove that holder for the ice cube trays. To remove it we’ll need to lift it up enough, push it fully to the left, insert the two pins on the end of that shelf as far in as they’ll go, and then we’re going to bend it slightly to disengage it from a couple of T-pins on the top. Now we’ll want to make sure that that’s warm enough that it will bend easily; if it’s frozen you may run the risk of breaking it. So simply push it over far enough to clear those pins and then you can lift it out and we’ll set that aside.

Next we’re going to remove two Phillips screws that hold the Evaporator Fan Cover in place. Then you can lift up on that fan cover and then tilt it away at the top and gently lift it off of the Styrofoam block that is beneath it and set that aside.

Next we’re going to remove two Phillips screws at the front of the freezer floor. These screws are slightly longer than the two that held the evaporator fan cover in just so you can distinguish between them. Now if you pull the corner of that floor and tilt it up on the front we need to disengage some hooks that fasten to the back of the evaporator cover and slide that out; set it aside.

Now we’re going to remove this Styrofoam block; take caution when pulling that up out of there. It just fits into the floor of the freezer as a friction fit; we’ll set that aside. Now we’ll remove two Phillips screws in the two upper corners; and then two quarter inch hex head screws that secure the evaporator cover to the fan motor bracket. Now you can lift that Evaporator cover out of the way and set that aside.

Now with the evaporator cover off we have access to the components so our next step will be to disconnect the fan motor; depress two locking tabs on the side of the wire connector, disengage that. Then with our needle nose pliers we’re going to remove the ground wire from the end of the evaporator mounting bracket. And then we’ll remove two Phillips screws that hold that bracket to the back wall. You need to support that motor assembly when taking that last screw out. Now we can take the assembly and sit it on a suitable work surface and complete our repair.

All right, now that we have the assembly sitting on a suitable work surface we’ll begin by removing the fan blade. So with a small flat blade screw driver we’ll go in under that retaining clip and just gently pry that off; keep your finger on top of the shaft so that little ring doesn’t go flying somewhere. Set that aside.

Now with a pair of needle nose we’ll go in underneath the fan blade and gently pry that off of the motor shaft. Set that aside. Now with our 5/16ths nut driver we’ll remove two screws that hold the front portion of that motor bracket in place. Now we can lift the front bracket off of the motor. Remove the motor from the rear bracket. While we have that off inspect the two grommets (both front and rear) to determine if they need to be replaced or not. If they’re torn or ripped or deteriorated they should be replaced at the same time.

Now to install the new motor simply set the button on the back of the motor into that rear grommet, slide the front bracket over top, so that it sandwiches the motor in between, replace those 5/16th screws, including the ground wire. Next we’ll reinstall the fan blade; now it’s probably best to install the retaining clamp on the front of that blade first. It’s a little snug, we’ll start by catching it over 1/3rd of that center hub on the fan blade and with a pair of needle nose pliers we’ll just expand that enough to go over the rest of it. Once you have it started on there we can press it in place. Make sure it slides all the way down on the hub until it hits the little shoulder on the bottom. Then we’ll slide it onto the shaft; you should have about a quarter of an inch of shaft protruding from that blade. Just pry it back until it hits the right spot, and now we’re ready to reinstall the assembly into the refrigerator.

Now to reinstall the motor assembly, take one of those Phillips screws, have that ready, and we’ll put one of the mounting screws in place. Reinstall the other one. Make sure that when you mount that that you don’t pinch the wire that goes to the defrost thermostat.

We’ll next connect the harness to the motor; make sure the locking tabs engage. And reinstall the ground wire to the terminal on the mounting bracket. Next we’ll take the evaporator cover, slide that into position, then we’ll secure it with two quarter inch hex head screws that hold it to the motor bracket. Then we’ll replace the two screws in the upper corners. Next we’ll reinstall the Styrofoam block and again take caution when inserting that into the opening. Now we can put the freezer floor back in.

Make sure that those four tabs engage the evaporator cover. They tuck in behind the cover then the lip of the floor goes across the front. Then we’ll put the two longer Phillips screws in the front of the freezer floor. Then we’ll install the fan cover; slide that down over the Styrofoam block, lift it up enough to engage the two hooks at the top of that cover then hook it into the evaporator cover, slide it down into place; make sure it is engaged at the top and that the two screws for the tabs fit into the freezer floor. We’ll secure those with the two remaining screws.

Put the shelf in for the ice cube trays. There’s two pins that need to go into the upper portion of that slotted hole so it allows the shelf to go tight up against the wall; we will hook two slots in the top, in the T-pins, and then pull those two pins out and set them down into the bottom of the slotted holes. Now we’re ready to load the freezer back up, plug the refrigerator back in, and our repair is complete.

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