How long should Refrigerator Evaporator Fan Motors Last?


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SMS

I replaced a bad motor on a five year old Whirlpool refrigerator. It was
a simple replacement, but it doesn't seem like a fan motor should last
only five years, especially when it's in the freezer and not getting hot.

The motor wasn't in stock at the local appliance parts place (who wanted
more than $60 to order it). I ordered it off of Amazon for $30.64 +
$5.28 shipping. It came in three days. Not a big deal since the owner
(mother-in-law) had a second identical refrigerator that was in a
downstairs in an empty in-law unit, so I just took that motor to use in
her fridge.

Now I'm wondering if I should buy a spare motor to have when the next
one goes out, since the two fridges were bought at the same time, and
now the fridge upstairs has the 5 year old motor.
 
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hr(bob) hofmann

I replaced a bad motor on a five year old Whirlpool refrigerator. It was
a simple replacement, but it doesn't seem like a fan motor should last
only five years, especially when it's in the freezer and not getting hot.

The motor wasn't in stock at the local appliance parts place (who wanted
more than $60 to order it). I ordered it off of Amazon for $30.64 +
$5.28 shipping. It came in three days. Not a big deal since the owner
(mother-in-law) had a second identical refrigerator that was in a
downstairs in an empty in-law unit, so I just took that motor to use in
her fridge.

Now I'm wondering if I should buy a spare motor to have when the next
one goes out, since the two fridges were bought at the same time, and
now the fridge upstairs has the 5 year old motor.
I had a freezer air circulating fan go out, but the freezer was 30
+years old at the time. Five years seems pretty short. Did you try
oiling the motor after you removed it from the freezer???
 
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notbob

I replaced a bad motor on a five year old Whirlpool refrigerator. It was
a simple replacement, but it doesn't seem like a fan motor should last
only five years, especially when it's in the freezer and not getting hot.
We recently replaced a fan motor in a 7 yr old Whirlpool. Near as I
can tell, Whirlpool no longer makes even a mediocre product. Her
nearly new GE, which the Whirlpool replaced, died in 5 yrs. My old GE
was over 25 yrs old before the evap motor needed replacement. Today's
appliances are all junk.

nb
 
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bob haller

Seldom do they fail in five years from my experience.  Most will go
15+.  I'd not buy a spare.

Of course, anything can happen and one can go out in a week.
new fridges are much more energy efficent and have a life expectancy
of around 8 years....
 
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micky

I replaced a bad motor on a five year old Whirlpool refrigerator. It was
a simple replacement, but it doesn't seem like a fan motor should last
only five years, especially when it's in the freezer and not getting hot.

The motor wasn't in stock at the local appliance parts place (who wanted
more than $60 to order it). I ordered it off of Amazon for $30.64 +
$5.28 shipping. It came in three days. Not a big deal since the owner
(mother-in-law) had a second identical refrigerator that was in a
downstairs in an empty in-law unit, so I just took that motor to use in
her fridge.

Now I'm wondering if I should buy a spare motor to have when the next
one goes out, since the two fridges were bought at the same time, and
now the fridge upstairs has the 5 year old motor.
I had a Sears-Whrlpool-made fridge that was about 20 years old when I
noticed the air wasn't coming out the bottom. It took me weeks to
pull out the fridge to learn the problem. It was a mouse stuck in the
fan, a dried dead mouse. I just pushed out with something and I
expected the fridge would fail because of running too hot for weeks,
but it didn't. About 5 years ago, the same thing happened. Again it
ran without the fan spinning for weeks, and it was another dead dried
mouse.. And 3 years ago, when the fridge was 30 years old, the
thermostat failed. I replaced that with one from ebay, but the fan
motors are still fine and the fridge runs fine after 33 years, and has
no broken parts, except for the door gasket which is in place but has
a "cut" on the ouside, for part of the perimieter.

So what I tend to be saying is you don't need to replace that motor as
soon as it breaks, but otoh, I have an old well-made fridge and I hear
all the new ones are junk. I guess you could stop the fan for an hour
or two and use a remote thermometer to see how much the temperature of
the condensor coil increases.

Is my fan a legacy from when fridges would really overheat without
one?

(Of course I live alone so I don't use it as much as a family would.)
 
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notbob

Is my fan a legacy from when fridges would really overheat without
one?
No, yer fan is a legacy from the era when appliances were made to last
30 yrs. I think mine was about 30 yrs old when I moved and had to
salvage it, but it still worked great. In its entire history, it had
only required 1 defroster fan and one defroster timer, about $50
total. I also knew of 4 other refrigerators jes like it in town that
were also still going strong, two on my block, alone. My mom has gone
through 2 new refrigrators in the last 15 yrs. Crap!!

nb
 
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