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Old 06-09-2011, 02:01 PM
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Here are your parts
Replacement parts for FRIGIDAIRE FRS26HF5AB3 Frigidaire/refrigerator |

Here is the tech sheet.

You do not have a defrost timer. The unit uses an adaptive defrost control (Item 23 in Section 5)

First you have to find out what runs and what does not.
Compressor, condenser/compressor fan and the evaporator fan.
Also is the compressor on all the time or is it cycling on/off?

If it is cycling then it could be a thermostat problem.

If on all the time remove the cover from inside the freezer so you can inspect the coils.

If there is no frost por just frost in one area you have a sealed system problem.
Note: This test must be done after the unit has run a couple hours. If checked right after a defrost cycle there will be no frost.

If they are heavily iced/frosted over you have a defrost problem.
Do not let them defrost

If yes.
Manually force a defrost cycle, see the tech sheet. The fans and compressor will turn off.
Now check the defrost heater to see if it is on.
Be careful you do not want to burn your fingers.
If the heater is on then the timer needs replacing, re: it is probably stalling during it's rotation so is never getting into a defrost cycle.

If not on.
Unplug the unit.
Remove the wire for one side of the heating element (Item 14 in Section 6) from the wiring and measure it for continuity, usually around 20 ohms or so.

If the heater is OK
Remove one wire to the defrost thermostat (Item 21 in Section 6) and measure it, should be 0 ohms when frozen. Note that it opens just above freezing so must be frozen to check it. Also inspect it, if it is bulged at all replace it even if it measures OK.

If both the above are OK then odds are the defrost board is toast.

If you do not own a meter, I would suggest you purchase a one. You can get a decent digital multimeter for under $20.00. You do not need fancy though it is nice if the leads are a couple feet long.
If it saves ordering one unnecessary part it has paid for itself and you end up owning a useful tool.
Most places will not let you return electrical parts so if you order it, you own it.
A couple things to watch when measuring ohms and continuity
1. Always remove power from the machine otherwise you could blow your meter.
2. Always disconnect at least one side of any device you are checking. This eliminates the possibility of measuring an alternate/parallel circuit path.
3. When checking for closed contacts and continuity use the lowest scale (Usually 200 ohms). Then try higher scales. This scale is 0 to 200 ohms so if the device you are measuring is 300 ohms this scale would show an open circuit which it is not, you are just measuring outside the scale's dynamic range.

There is a good STICKY at the start of this forum about it's use.
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