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The Fan Is Not Turning in My Frigidaire Refrigerator

Frigidaire consistently receives high Energy Star and Better Business Bureau ratings for its high-quality refrigerators, but even a reliable brand like Frigidaire is susceptible to occasional problems. If you suspect that the fan in your refrigerator is not turning on, a variety of troubleshooting tactics can save you the time and cost of contacting a service technician.

Types of Fans

A broken refrigerator fan compromises food safety.

All Frigidaire models are equipped with at least two fans. The compressor that is responsible for producing the cooling properties of your refrigerator also generates a significant amount of heat. A fan near the compressor prevents overheating so that the cooling process is efficient and effective. On the interior of your refrigerator is a second fan that pulls cool air up into the general food area and circulates cool air within the refrigerator box to regulate interior temperatures. Some Frigidaire refrigerators also come with a self-defrosting cycle that melts frost off of the coils; a fan near the coils pulls the heat away from the food storage areas to prevent disrupting interior temperatures. A problem with any of these fans can result in a defective Frigidaire.

Identifying a Fan Problem

Several conditions indicate a fan problem. Newer Frigidaire models are equipped with a temperature alarm that beeps when the temperature increases above a certain degree, depending on your temperature settings. Fluctuating or high temperatures may indicate that your circulator fan isn't effectively moving air. Heat near the top or bottom of Frigidaire refrigerators is not uncommon, but excessive heat that emanates off the refrigerator is an indicator that your compressor fan is not working. Fans also make noise, so if you notice that your refrigerator is quieter than normal, it's likely that a fan is malfunctioning.

Do-It-Yourself Fixes

After you've identified which fan in your Frigidaire refrigerator is not working, repairing the fan on your own is an option. One possibility is that the defroster fan is not clean and therefore unable to function. On most Frigidaire models, the defrosting fan is located beneath a panel on the back of the freezer. After removing the panel, vacuum the fan and check it for frost; if the fan is frosted over, wipe away the frost with a cloth, and replug in the refrigerator to test the fan. Compressor fans are more difficult to access as they are on the bottom of the refrigerator, but replacement fans are available for purchase for around $60 as of 2010.

Professional Repairs

All Frigidaire refrigerators are sold with a limited one-year warranty that covers service for the model, and many stores also offer extended warranty plans at an additional cost. If your Frigidaire is covered under warranty, consult the manual and call the customer service hotline to arrange for a professional to examine your refrigerator. A professional repair may take more time to arrange, but a trained technician can accurately identify the source of your fan problems and provide an efficient repair without the risk of a do-it-yourself fix.

About the Author

Hannah Wahlig began writing and editing professionally in 2001. Her experience includes copy for newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as book editing. She is also a certified lactation counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Holyoke College, and Master's degrees in education and community psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

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