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Hi, one of the blades of my condenser fan broke off and now it's making a high pitched squealing sound.

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Old 05-30-2010, 07:29 PM
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Hi, one of the blades of my condenser fan broke off and now it's making a high pitched squealing sound. I did a little research and it seems that I have to buy a whole new motor even though the problem is just the plastic fan, is that correct? If so, how difficult is it to replace, it seems to be just a couple of wires that clip in but I'm just wondering how hard it's going to be to do since it's in such a tight space, also where would I buy the part?


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Old 05-31-2010, 05:20 AM
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Your model number does not come up.
Most Kenmore numbers are XXX.XXXXXXX with all X's being numbers.

Should not be hard to replace once you locate the correct part.
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please delete duplicate

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correct model number 253 5718 2600

I was able to get the motor off, which was pretty simple only two screws and a plug. Now the hard part. Getting the blade off the motor.



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There seems to be some kind of tongue and groove hook behind the fan blade, do I need some kind of special tool to release the propellor or can I do it with a screwdriver or pliers? I don't want to damage it so I'd like to know the correct way before I try.

one other question - I placed a plug in fan behind my fridge for the time being to keep my condenser cool, that should be an adequate substitute correct?
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I got the fan blade off the condensor motor but it wasn't easy, basically had to cut it off, hoping the replacement will just snap right on because there doesn't seem to be much of a way to connect it. Noticed that the refrigerator partition started getting warmer without the condensor fan motor connected, so I put it back in without the blade and that seems to have helped I wonder if the blower that blows air from the freezer to the fridge is somehow connected to the compressor motor. The fridge is very slow to get back to 40 degrees even at the coldest setting, is this a new problem or is it because I have a fan that is constantly cooling the coils instead of intermittantly. Worried that some how the vent from freezer to fridge is blocked but it seem to be blowing air, although weakly and at only 42 degrees.

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I got the fan blade off the condensor motor but it wasn't easy, basically had to cut it off, hoping the replacement will just snap right on because there doesn't seem to be much of a way to connect it.
Yes, it looks like the fan blade just pushes onto the fan motor's shaft.

Noticed that the refrigerator partition started getting warmer without the condensor fan motor connected, so I put it back in without the blade and that seems to have helped I wonder if the blower that blows air from the freezer to the fridge is somehow connected to the compressor motor. The fridge is very slow to get back to 40 degrees even at the coldest setting, is this a new problem or is it because I have a fan that is constantly cooling the coils instead of intermittantly.
Your problem is probably that your temporary external fan is not doing as good a job as the actual condenser fan. It should run OK once you get the new fan blade installed. Often it will take 12 to 24 hours for a fridge's temperatures to stabilize. Having the fan motor installed without a blade will do nothing.
The fans are sort of interconnected with the compressor in that they are all on when the compressor is on and during a defrost cycle they are all normally off.

Worried that some how the vent from freezer to fridge is blocked but it seem to be blowing air, although weakly and at only 42 degrees.

I would not worry about it till you get the new fan blade installed and give it some time.
Also be sure to clean the condenser coils under the fridge and check that the front kick plate is clean.
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thanks for the reply, the fridge is indeed back to normal this morning, just waiting on the part which is due to arrive tomorrow, of course now I'm feeling a little ambitious and thinking about ordering a top bearing for my refrigerator door that has a crack in it and makes a knocking noise anytime I open it. Removing the door shouldn't be too difficult just two screws at the bottom correct? Well, let's get this fan blade fixed then we'll worry about that...
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Are you sure it is a crack and not actually made like this?

Often a noise while closing the door is caused by a broken cam (plastic piece) on the lower hinge, either the one on the door or the one on the hinge pin.
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oh boy I missed your message and already ordered the high bearing. on the diagram on the Sears site they don't show anything called a cam so I assumed the high bearing was the piece take a look at the diagram

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Looks like part number 22 is the door's lower cam and 22B is the upper bearing.
Note: That there is also a cam on the lower hinge they work together to hold the door on a downward slope and keep the door closed.

Here is is the lower door cam
Part number: AP2115808

Part number: AP2115808


Here is the lower hinge cam
Part number: AP2116504

Part number: AP2116504


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