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GE GTH18EBTWW refrigerator broken evaporator fan power wire

dcguy

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Model Number
GTH18EBTWW
Brand
GE
Age
More than 10 years
Hello,
I have a GE GTH18EBTWW refrigerator with a broken evaporator fan power wire.

About 2 weeks ago there was a build up of ice in the freezer that caused the evaporator fan blades to break. The evaporator fan motor was also noisy and vibrating a lot from being unbalanced, so I ordered OEM replacement parts for both fan blades and fan motor.

A few days ago I opened up the back panel of the freezer to attempt the repair/replacement and discovered that the orange power wire for the evaporator fan had broke as well, it snapped right at the "port" where all the wires come out. As is, it is too short to splice or solder the wires together and I wasn't sure if the port cover piece was removable by twisting or prying with a flat tool. Is this port cover piece removable? Or do I have to resort to drilling or cutting a piece out of the port cover to try to pull more of the wire out to repair?

Also, would something stupid like tapping the evaporator fan into another power wire work? Attached is a wiring chart I found for this model.

Thanks for your time.
dc
 

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jeff1

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Hi,

and I wasn't sure if the port cover piece was removable by twisting or prying with a flat tool. Is this port cover piece removable?

It will probably be foamed into place and not removable.
Definitely try running a new wire over from one of the orange wires on the other side and hooking it to the fan motor.

jeff sr.
 

Rabbii68

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Hello,
I have a GE GTH18EBTWW refrigerator with a broken evaporator fan power wire.

About 2 weeks ago there was a build up of ice in the freezer that caused the evaporator fan blades to break. The evaporator fan motor was also noisy and vibrating a lot from being unbalanced, so I ordered OEM replacement parts for both fan blades and fan motor.

A few days ago I opened up the back panel of the freezer to attempt the repair/replacement and discovered that the orange power wire for the evaporator fan had broke as well, it snapped right at the "port" where all the wires come out. As is, it is too short to splice or solder the wires together and I wasn't sure if the port cover piece was removable by twisting or prying with a flat tool. Is this port cover piece removable? Or do I have to resort to drilling or cutting a piece out of the port cover to try to pull more of the wire out to repair?

Also, would something stupid like tapping the evaporator fan into another power wire work? Attached is a wiring chart I found for this model.

Thanks for your time.
dc
This just happened to me tonight but it was the black wire … didn’t know what to do either
 

jeff1

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Hi,

This just happened to me tonight but it was the black wire … didn’t know what to do either

Same model#?
Same wire diagram as the one the op posted?
Black wire going to what?

jeff sr.
 

Rabbii68

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Black wire going to fan motor… snapped right at that same point and couldn’t slice into it or get any more out
 

jeff1

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The only black I see up there goes to the evaporator fan motor. I'd drill a small hole in the freezer back and run a new wire up from the black on the condenser fan motor and run it up the outside back and into the freezer to power the evaporator motor. Cover the hole with some permagum to seal it up.
Fun wow!

jeff sr.
 
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