|Item Weight||8.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.2 x 3.1 x 3.2 inches|
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|Item model number||WR60X10141|
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GE WR60X10141 Refrigerator Evaporator Fan Motor Assembly, 1/8 X 2-1/2 Inch, 115V, 3 watts
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Has your evaporator motor gone out? This Evaporator Motor (GE WR60X10141) from Exact Replacement parts is used on General Electric and Hotpoint refrigerators. This motor has a 1-5/8 in. shaft and quick disconnect.
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General Electric WR60X10141 Refrigerator Evaporator Fan Motor Assembly is a Z-style, and is found commonly on GE and other brands refrigerators.
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I used the YouTube video for reference. It took a few minutes to disassemble the parts in the freezer area so I could reach the fan. It didn't appear that I had an ice buildup problem but I decided to let the existing frost to melt while I took a look at the fan. I removed the fan mount assembly and there didn't seem to be anything wrong with the fan motor at the time but I suspected it might need a little oil on the bushing/bearing. I also suspected that the evaporator fan motor might need to be replaced because of bushings/bearings that had worn loose. Before deciding to buy and replace the entire evaporator motor I wanted to see if the bushing was simply freezing up and needed lubricant. I put a few drops of Teflon based oil on the fan motor spindle and let it soak into the bushing/bearing area.
After about twenty minutes of letting the freezer defrost I reassembled the fan motor with its mount and the rest of the items back into the freezer. I plugged the freezer power back into the electrical socket and the refrigerator turned on. I didn't hear any excessively loud noise but the loud sound from the evaporator fan had been intermittent before so I waited and listened. It seemed as though my effort had mostly solved the problem of the fan noise...kind of. The fan would still not sound right at times but it make the noise as frequently nor as loud as it had been before.
The noise from the fan in the freezer had improved but it still was a little noisy at times. This continued for six months until the late spring and early summer this year when the freezer fan condenser motor started sounding extremely loud again. After some searching and cross checking to make sure I had the right GE (Hotpoint, etc.) fan motor part I looked here on Amazon and ended up purchasing this exact evaporator motor part WR60X10141. The fan evaporator fan motor was shipped the next day from the seller and I received it very promptly just a few days later. During this time my original evaporator fan motor would continue to cycle from a little noisy to very noisy and back to a little noisy.
A week after receiving the new fan evaporator motor part that I purchased on Amazon I decided it was time to change it out. Just for good measure I put two drops of Teflon oil on the lower part of the motor spindle at bushing and let it soak into the bushing/bearing. I repeated the procedure to disassemble the items in the freezer area. I moved the food in the freezer, unplugged the refrigerator and followed the YouTube instruction video. This time I had to remove the fan blade and disassemble the fan motor housing to replace the old fan motor with the new one. There are two rubber motor mounts that hold the motor and absorb any vibration while the fan spins. These rubber motor mounts can be replaced but mine seemed to be in good condition. Just for good measure because the front motor mount had probably been worked a lot from the vibration of the previous motor I decided to swap these rubber motor mounts by moving the back mount to the front and front mount to the back of the motor.
Before you replace the old motor with the new one and before you remove the fan from the motor spindle you should take notice of the fan's positioning on the metal motor spindle and how far the spindle sticks out from the fan when the fan is mounted on it. It will help with this next tip. During reassembly I decided to slide the fan blade slightly father back (between a sixteenth of an inch to an eight of any inch) more than it had been mounted before I removed the fan. This would give the fan a bit more room away from the metal evaporator cover and fan vent hole in front of it. I left about a quarter inch or slightly more of the metal fan motor spindle exposed in front of the fan blade part itself which was just a slight bit more space than it had before.
I suspected that when the fan had made the noise before that it might have been hitting the hole in that metal cover that it blows air through. Moving the fan slightly farther back on the motor spindle also seated the fan itself a little closer to the fan motor mount (and closer in distance to the fan motor) which according to basic physics should make the entire assembly a little more stable and have less tendency to want to wobble and wear out the motor bushing/bearing. For those who replace this part and watch the YouTube video beforehand you will understand why I am recommending this slight adjustment from how the fan was originally placed on the metal motor spindle. This adjustment is simple but don't push the fan too far back or it will be too far from the hole for the fan and the fan could strike the motor mount assembly itself. When you push the fan back onto the spindle just make it a little bit farther back (between 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch) towards the motor than it was before your removed it.
Conclusion: This is a fairly easy project to do. If you suspect your noisy evaporator fan motor needs to be replaced make sure you have the right fan motor part number for your model of refrigerator. During my online search I noticed that many different sellers are selling this same part for similar GE and Hotpoint models. You can pay up to eighty dollars for this part through major online vendors. Some are certified GE parts that cost the seller more money and I suspect may just be the exact same motor replacement part manufactured in China. While it may be identical the official GE part might be mandated for their own warranty repairs or it is possible that GE may or may not do additional quality testing on the motor before they put the exact same motor in an official GE box. My part came in a simple little brown box and this much less expensive costing replacement motor (at time of purchase less than $25) that I received from the advertised seller SupplyEdge was brand new and looked absolutely identical to the motor that it replaced and that included the WR60X10141 model number and etched markings on the back. The Amazon vendors by far seemed to have the best prices for this evaporator motor and just as it was my experience the other most of the other Amazon reviewers said the part was shipped and received promptly. I recommend this product as an excellent replacement part. I would also recommend that everyone follows the YouTube instruction video for reference. Simply do a search for "GE refrigerator evaporator fan motor replacement" or "GE refrigerator fan noise".
I dialed up my old buddy McGuyver to ask for help but his car was broken down. Not wanting to loose the large investment I had just made in frozen pot-stickers I emptied my freezer into a cooler and started taking out screws to see if I could get to the cause of the noise. It was the fan motor behind the back panel of the freezer.
I'm not sure if this is a replacement part was made in the same place my pot-stickers were or if it's from the original manufacturer, but it looks exactly like the original one that was in my refrigerator and after a month is still working fine and relatively quietly. When Dr. Who does show up there will be no need to ask him to take me back in time to stop me from buying it (not that he would because of the whole prohibition on crossing your own timeline and such.)
Please note it is the motor only, you need to reuse the original brackets, screws, and carefully transfer the plastic fan blades off of the original motor in your refrigerator over to this one. The entire replacement only took a few minutes and wasn't difficult. Doing it yourself will certainly save a ton over paying a repairman.
Thins fixed the issues and was easy to replace. I think it is actually more quiet than the first day I bought my fridge, but it had been so loud before replacing who knows.
Very happy I went with this model and not the newer one that seemed to have more mixed reviews. Been installed about a month and still running smoothly.