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    • Part Number: AP3120994
    • MFG Part Number: 833697
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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My icemaker stops, the side of the door gets hot. The refrigerator is not as cold. A pool of water on appears on the floor. The condenser fan motor will stop running. The fan turns freely. Most times I can just give it a slight push and it will run for quite a while without stopping. The symptoms will go away until the fan stops running again. Does the fan motor have to be replaced? I can't find the exact model number but the closest is MSD2554ARA.

Marty for Model Number Maytag refrigerator/freezer MSD2554AR

ANSWER Hello Marty, Let me explain the operation of a refrigerator so it's understandable. Think of it this way. Refrigeration does not make cold. It removes heat. The heat that is removed is carried to the hot coils. If the heat cannot be dissipated, the system cannot get any cooler. When a condenser fan motor stops, the heat that should have been dissipated into the room is trapped in the sealed system and will begin to recirculate. This "backing up" of the heat in the sealed system will first show up, (in a refrigerator), at the yoder loop. This is the part of the sealed system that is looped around the doors to prevent the cabinet from getting cool enough that humidity in the room air can condense on it and cause rust and a puddle in the floor, (like a glass of iced tea on a picnic table will sweat). Any time a fan motor on a refrigerator stops, this is a major glitch in the refrigeration process and the fan motor TJ90SM5109 will have to be replaced to restore normal operation. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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