FIXED RT21LMXJW01 Roper stopped working. 20yr old, light still works..

Mike OB

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Model RT21LMXJW01. Garage fridge and wondering if worth trying to fix. Not sure where to start. Replacing motors and if so, which one first?? Any thoughts are appreciated,
 

Jake

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Thanks bigbuck!

Hi Mike,

Is the refrigerator dead silent and won't come on to run and cool at all? Only the inside lights work?

Jake
 

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It actually started working again. I took the fan motor out from the freezer section but when I went to put it back in, I blew something. Didn't unplug it when I went to plug it back up. I'm not 100% sure which wires go on which terminals.

There are 2 protected ones that go on the bigger ones, a smaller one that goes in the middle and the ground (I forgot where that was attached).

I took this apart a couple weeks ago. I'm not sure if I fried anything when I "popped" it putting it back in. Seems to be working on without that fan.
 

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Ok Mike,

Here's the evaporator(freezer) fan motor for your model:
WP4389142 Evaporator Fan Motor


There is a HOW TO video in the part link that shows how the wires connect.

Jake
 

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That's perfect. Only issue is when I went to put it back together, I didn't unplug like an idiot. I did get a pop, sparks and tripped the breaker. The terminals look fine but one the the female ends of the wire connect is kinda black. Do you think I fried the motor? Thanks!!
 

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Possibly, you'd need to ohm test the motor for continuity, do you have a multimeter?

Or bench test it with a old lamp cord. It doesn't matter where the terminals connect to on a AC motor.

Just don't put a live 120 line on ground.:)

Jake
 

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Got it all put back together and it's running like a champ! Thanks for the help!!
 

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Excellent Mike, glad to hear that.:)

Thanks for the update!

Jake
 
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