Fridge not cooling - evap fan?
I have a 2005 Kenmore ColdSpot (Whirlpool 106.xx) top freezer model that mostly stopped cooling in the fridge section last weekend (to 55 F) Ė freezer still cooled, but showed evidence of melt and refreeze, with frost built up on ice and foods. No great buildup of ice or frost on coils when I took the rear wall off. I did have lots of ice built up on the evap tray and ice blockage about 2-3 inches down the drain tube in the freezer (but have not had problems with water in fridge). Hoped it was just ice blocking the air flow to the fridge, but I have manually defrosted the whole thing and melted the ice blockage, and 24 hrs later still not much cooling in fridge (50 F) and now even freezer seems a little warmer (could just be that itís empty, though). Also noticed some puddles already frozen in the evap tray again, so Iím thinking the defrost system is working (?) The compressor is running, the fan beside the compressor is running, and the coils underneath are free of dust Ė so thatís not it. However, I donít think the evaporator fan in the freezer is running at all Ė not sure how to test it definitively, but it has shown no signs of life. The fan blades will rotate freely by hand.
I have the Sears guy coming in a week (!) to fix it. Would rather use a local place sooner, but I suppose thereís a chance it could be something still under warranty (compressor only, I think). Any diagnosis thoughts out there, and any chance itís something a novice could fix? Thanks.