Look out, I think dad has had it,
and is "fixing" the refrigerator.
I'm a good Tanji, I will stay out of the way.
Wake me when you're finished.
We have been with-out a refrigerator for a week. Luckily the compressor wasn't the problem, so the freezer has been working, enabling us to moving ice packs back and forth to a small cooler to keep some basic refrigerator items cool. It is amazing how much we rely upon a refrigerator for leftovers, and various components of a meal, that you don't eat all of when you make something, like jarred pasta sauce.
Anyway, last Sunday, I had diagnosed that the Evaporator Fan Motor was the likely culprit for the lack of cooling in the refrigerator compartment, but I doubted myself and had a repairman come out to fix the fridge. This took four days and cost $55, but of course he didn't have the part, and had to order it. With his confirmation of the problem I told him that I would install the motor. Now one week without a refrigerator I checked the status of the order,... the motor is "Factory Back-Ordered," which means who knows when the part will arrive. So I got right online and went searching,... no luck, I also called all the "local" companies,... "Factory Back-Ordered." Finally, one of the guys said that he typically uses a different motor (Maytag Evaporator Fan Kit #12002744) for the replacement and he had one in his hand. I wasn't sure, even though it had all the same specs (115 volts, and 0.14A),... it wasn't the "exact" factory motor for our very expensive refrigerator. He said it would only be $18.00, so we jumped in the car and drove 45min (a few towns away) to get the motor. I was certainly willing to risk the relatively little $$ to take a shot at getting the fridge back up and running. Additionally, I had seen that motor recommended as a replacement during my online research.
The Evaporator Fan Motor for the Kenmore Elite Trio (model #596.73503201) is located behind the back wall in the freezer compartment. It is a simple matter of pulling out the two food bins, unplugging the ice-maker, popping off the plastic vent cap, and then removing a few screws to get the back panel off.
Behind that panel it looks like this, the motor goes in that white bracket hanging from the ceiling of the compartment. Those metal evaporator fins are very sharp.
are both 115v 0.14A even though they look very different.
The motor came right on and started moving
cold freezer compartment air up the duct,
into the refrigerator compartment.
Wooooo Hoooooo !!!