Refrigerator's Condensor Fan was stuck

I've been noticing for over a year that the sides around both doors of the refrigerator (top freezer, kitchen-aid, circa 1994) have at times been hot to the touch. I also notice that both doors don't close well on their own. They need some help to make sure they are sealed closed and even then sometimes I can feel some cool air escaping.
So I decided to get someone to look at it and called out a repair service. The guy immediately took off the bottom panel on the back and showed me that the fan wasn't turning. Now looking up what it is I see that it is called the condensor fan. He said that needed to be replaced and quoted me $100+ in labor and $100+ for parts.
So I got down and took a look and saw that there is a piece of thick flexible cardboard that was buckled up and interfering with the fan. So I pushed the cardboard back to where it should be and now the fan is working. He says that isn't going to fix the problem. But his english was pretty bad and he wasn't able to explain why that wouldn't fix it. I think he was trying to say that the compressor was damaged too, pointing out that it was extremely hot to the touch, although that would have meant that I would have been paying more than the $200 he had just mentioned. As I can't speak Azerbijianie and couldn't follow his logic I gave up on him and paid the minimum for the service call and will try to figure this out on my own.
So if the condensor fan was not working because it was stuck and now it is unstuck, is it possible that I will have fixed my overheating problem? It's only been less than an hour since I got the fan turning but the compressor still feels quite hot, but the refrigerator is working and the sides feel okay, but that might be just because I made sure they were closed well. Should I feel the compressor get cooler and if not do I need a new compressor that might have been damaged from having a condensor fan?
\\Samson
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Samson wrote:

Compressor should be hot. Run it. I think you'll be pleased with your "fix".
Jim
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Make sure the refrigerator is leveled so that the door closes by gravity until the magnetic gasket contacts. Check the inside for shelves/drawers that obstruct the door.
If it has an "Energy Saver" switch, this heats the outside of the cabinet so that it does not sweat in hot weather. This may be what you feel. I keep mine "Off".

Have seen several bad fans that did not hurt the compressor. Run it. It probably isn't hurt.

Some dust accumulation in the condenser coils may be impeding the cooling. Blow/vacuum CAREFULLY to remove all the dust you can but do not flex or spread the coils. The cardboard on the rear has to be there to direct the air flow properly.
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No, not until you spend the $200. If you want to cheat the poor service guy out of an unneeded part, at least flush $200 down the toilet.
You will probably be OK for the next few years now.
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I decided to uplug the refrigerator for a couple hours, keeping the ref and freezer doors closed, to see if I could lower the temp of the compressor. The compressor cooled to warm and then I plugged it back in. Now after an hour or so it is hot to the touch. Not so hot that I can't touch it but hot enough so that I can't leave my hand on it. I'm going to assume that's okay.
So when the condensor fan was stuck why was that causing the elements in the walls of the machine to run hot and the compressor to run even hotter than it is now running?
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The design of your fridge probably has the condenser lines routed around the door seal area to eliminate condensation. If the fan was stuck, heat wasn't removed efficiently causing a temperature rise. The fan blows across the rest condenser part of the circuit to remove the heat.
John
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I had the exact same problem with a 1993 KitchenAid refrigerator. It first occurred about a year ago. I opened it up and found the fan blades were covered with dust and it wasn't turning. I removed the fan, cleaned off all the dust, and then decided to try putting it back and see if it would run. It started up, didn't seem to have a lot of power, but still got the job done, and the compressor spent enough time cycled off to convince me that everything was going well, so I just left it there.
Then a couple weeks ago, I was having breakfast and noticed that my orange juice didn't seem to taste as cold as it should. This time I knew right where to look. There was a little bit of dust on the fan, so I removed that and put a couple drops of oil on it. When the refrigerator started, the fan didn't. I found that I could give it a nudge and get it started, but it wouldn't start on its own. So I looked online, ordered a new one for $36, and trained my family to shine a flashlight under the refrigerator, see if the fan is turning, and poke at it with a stick if it isn't. I selected the cheapest option for shipping (5-7 business days, I think) but it arrived the next day. It wasn't the exact same model; it had a higher wattage and more RPM. It puts out a good strong airflow and now everything is working fine.
Just to keep me on my toes, my old refrigerator in the basement has now decided to start tormenting me. I went downstairs this morning, flipped the light switch, and the lights didn't come on. It seems the circuit breaker blew sometime during the night. I turned the breaker back on, and everything seemed to be OK. The refrigerator wasn't running, but it was still very cold inside. It started up later on. The refrigerator is the only thing on that breaker that draws any significant power. My guess is that it's waiting for the July 4 weekend to go into total failure. But that's OT for this thread.
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