Evaporator fan is noisy, then compressor shuts off
i have a Frigidaire Gallery side by side fridge, model plrs267za. Several times there has been a loud sound (almost like a vibrating buzz) coming from the freezer. i believe this is the evaporator fan. Later the fridge starts warming up and the water dispenser stops working. The compressor seems like it is overheated and i think it shuts itself off. After unplugging the fridge for a few hours, it comes back on and works fine for about a week, then it happens again. Can the evaporator fan cause the compressor to overheat?Answer
It sounds like the compressor is overheating and cutting off but the evaporator fan will not cause this. The condenser fan (the fan near the compressor) however will cause this problem. A dirty condenser (coils under the bottom) can also cause this. The only thing is if either of these were the problem it wouldn’t typically work for a week.
The next time it quits working check to make sure both fans are working and see if the compressor is running. Then see if the fans come back on when everything cools off. See on most refrigerators the fans will stay on when the compressor overheats but if the condenser fan quits it can cause the compressor to overheat. Let me know what you find.
Also the evaporator fan will cause it not to cool but it will not cause the compressor to turn off.