How to Replace a Damaged Evaporator Fan Blade in Your Samsung Refrigerator

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The Evaporator fan blade in your Samsung French door refrigerator model RF263TEAESR/AA circulates cold air throughout your freezer. If the blade is damaged and no longer working, your freezer will not drop down to the temperature you set on the thermostat. Removing the old blade and replacing it with a new part is not a difficult repair job and should only take a short period of time.

How to Replace the Evaporator Fan Blade in Your Refrigerator

Unplug your refrigerator before starting the repair. Safety goggles and work gloves must be worn to protect yourself from injury.
  1. Open the freezer door and remove the top drawer by sliding the rails on each side of the drawer towards you. Then pull up on the shelf to extract it from the freezer
  2. Before taking the bottom basket out, you’ll need to open the refrigerator doors. Next, lift up the back of the basket and slide it slightly towards the back of the freezer before pulling it up and completely removing it. Now you can close the refrigerator doors.
  3. Using a 10mm socket with a ratchet, undo the bolts holding the freezer door onto the rails. There should be two bolts on each side of the door. Once you’ve taken the bolts out, lift the freezer door off the rails and place it somewhere safe.
  4. With the door and baskets out of the way, you’ll need to pull out the connecting rod., which runs in-between the rails. Once the rod is removed, you can push the rails back into the freezer compartment.
  5. Now it’s time to take out the ice maker. Snap off the front cover of the ice maker to gain access to the two screws securing the part to the top of the freezer. Once the screws are out, pull forward and then down on the ice maker to release the tabs holding it in place. With the part detached from the freezer’s ceiling, disconnect the wire harness and remove the ice maker from the appliance.
  6. Finally, it’s time to remove the back panel. The panel has two screws holding it in place. Using a Phillips screwdriver, unthread both screws. After the screws are removed, carefully pull the panel away from the back wall of your freezer, and unplug the three wire harnesses connecting the panel to the inside of the freezer. Now you can pull the panel completely out of the freezer compartment.
  7. Place the panel on a towel covered table. On the panel, you’ll find four screws that hold the motor assembly in place. Unthread all four screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Once all four screws are removed, lift the motor assembly up and pull the evaporator motor fan blade off its shaft.
  8. Before discarding the old blade, be sure to remove the spring located at the center of the blade with needle nosed pliers.
  9. Place the spring onto the new blade. Now you can attach the blade to the evaporator motor assembly. Once the blade is secure, turn the motor over and reattach it to the panel.
  10. The time has finally come to reassemble your freezer compartment. Start by reattaching the back panel. Then reinstall the ice maker. Once the ice maker is secure, slide out the rails and put the connecting rod back in. Now all that is left is attaching the freezer door and placing the bottom basket and top-drawer back into place.
  11. Plug your refrigerator back in and enjoy your properly functioning freezer.
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