How To Clear And Fix Frigidaire Refrigerator Error Code SY EF

If you own a Frigidaire refrigerator you may have encountered the SY EF error code. This error code means there is an issue with the evaporator fan motor = System Evaporator Fault.

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Frigidaire Refrigerator Error Code SY EF is a common error code that appears on Frigidaire refrigerator’s control panels.

The error code SY EF stands for System Evaporator Fault and it indicates that there is a problem with the refrigerator’s evaporator fan motor and possible circuit failure.

This could be due to a wiring issue or the evaporator fan motor not working as intended. The fan blades are possibly not turning on the evap motor. Check the fan blades for any obstructions that could be preventing it from spinning properly.

The evaporator is responsible for cooling the refrigerator, and when it malfunctions, it can cause the refrigerator to stop cooling properly.

The SY EF error code can also be accompanied by beeping sounds or a flashing display on the control panel.

This error code prevents the fan from working correctly, which can cause the temperature in the refrigerator to rise. So getting this fixed is very urgent.

NOTE: This error code can often be either SY EF, 5Y EF, SY EF,  5Y EF, SY CE or 5Y CE. They are very similar error codes but often the error is seen on the Frigidaire refrigerator as a 5 or an S.

Frigidaire Refrigerator Beeping Error code: SY EF


When Frigidaire Refrigerator Error Code SY EF appears, you’ll notice that the refrigerator is not working correctly. The evaporator fan will not circulate air, causing the refrigerator to warm up.

You may also notice that food that was once frozen is now thawed or that your ice maker is not working. The error code may also cause the refrigerator to make unusual noises as the fan blades may be hitting something and have an issue. If you notice these symptoms, it’s super important to take action to diagnose and fix the issue. Here is a picture of the motor we are concentrating on so when you open the fridge up you can find the motor that is most likely faulty.

evap motor frigidaire refrigerator to fix sy ef errorEvap Motor Most Likely Faulty


Unplug the refrigerator from the power source for a few minutes. This step can reset the control board, which can sometimes resolve the issue.

If the error code does not reset, check the wiring and connections between the control board and the evaporator fan. You’ll need to remove the back panel of the refrigerator to access these components.

Ensure that there are no loose or damaged wires, and all connections are secure. Many times as an appliance repair tech, we see the components are not faulty, but the wiring harness is not connected properly. So check that the wiring harnesses are secure and the wires are not disconnected in any way.

If the wiring and connections are intact, the issue may be with the control board or the evaporator fan. You can use a multimeter to test the voltage running through the circuit and determine which component is causing the issue.


You may be able to fix Frigidaire Refrigerator Error Code SY EF yourself.

  1. Unplug the refrigerator and remove the back panel. Check the wiring and connections between the control board and the evaporator fan.
  2. Ensure that all connections are secure and there are no loose or damaged wires.
  3. If the wiring and connections are intact, the issue may be with the evaporator fan or the control board.
  4. Test the voltage with your Multi-meter and determine which component is causing the issue. If the issue is with the evaporator fan, you can replace the fan motor yourself.

evap motors for refrigerator - frigidaire - fix SY EF errorRefrigerator Evaporator Motors (Frigidaire)

If the issue is with the control board, you may need to replace it. However, if you are not familiar with appliance repairs, it is best to contact an appliance repair technician for assistance. Contact our appliance repair personnel using the comments below. We can help you fix the issue!

This common SY EF error code indicates a problem with the evaporator fan motor. Check the fan blades for spinning properly. Check the wiring connections between the evaporator fan and its power source to ensure that all connections are secure. If these steps do not resolve the issue, it may be necessary to replace the evaporator fan motor entirely.

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