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We recently bought a "beverage center fridge": http://imgur.com/a/rI8Gt

It is brand new. It has been running for a week. It is nice and cold and the condensor seems to be operating as normal: on and off (it is not constantly on). However, the fans under the unit that blow across the condensor never shut off and they are loud. My kitchen sounds like a wind tunnel. My understanding is that these fans should only be on when the condensor turns on.

So my question is, what can cause this failure? This is brand new (no dust or dirtiness), and the condensor is operating on/off as normal, so I didn't think it was the thermostat. So what part can be broken that triggers these fans to be on all the time?

I could live with the noise of these fans if they were on a small portion of the time when the condensor is on, however I'm returning it if this is "by design".

EDIT: model: https://www.wayfair.com/Maxx-Ice-3-Cu.-Ft.-Indoor-Refrigerator-MAXX1010.html

Manual: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ps7on4qvs1dnz1u/73491f5e-38d0-4412-9a89-32b7ad05d5d1.pdf?dl=0

The manual has a wiring diagram but I'm not an electrician and don't know what to make of it. Here's a pic of that diagram: http://imgur.com/a/V9yTE

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  • You should edit into your question the make and exact model number. – Tyson Mar 7 '17 at 0:09
  • @Tyson I thought that would make my question too specific to receive answers, and thought this might be a general problem with refrigerators. – Tommy Mar 7 '17 at 1:11
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    No, it sounds like a problem that we'll need make and model to fix... – ThreePhaseEel Mar 7 '17 at 1:24
  • Nope... this problem is pretty specific to the make/model you purchased.... if it's working correctly. We don't know until you say which make/model has this problem – Tyson Mar 7 '17 at 1:43
  • OK I've added that info – Tommy Mar 7 '17 at 1:55
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what can cause this failure?

The unit has two fans, a "condenser fan" and an "evaporator fan"

The condenser fan should come on only when the temperature drops below the temperature set by the thermostat.

It looks like it is designed for an "evaporator fan" to be running continuously when the door is shut

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Power goes to the lamp (presumably when the door is open) or to the evaporator fan (when the door is closed).

So the answer depends on whether what you are hearing is the evaporator fan or the condenser fan.

Either way, it is a new unit and either faulty or not suited for your intended purpose - so I'd take it back for a refund.

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  • ... what happens if I were to remove or maybe swap out that fan for a less noisy one? – Tommy Mar 7 '17 at 14:25
  • All the same, it's quite possible that the Evap fan is defective & generating far more noise than it should, or (less likely) the owner has very high AC voltage and the fan's being overdriven. Granted, I'm an experienced hacker, but I would try checking the connections to the motor to make sure there's no "Hi-tap" post that shouldn't have been used. (Then again, I'd never buy anything from Wayfair...) – Carl Witthoft Mar 7 '17 at 16:52

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