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Old 04-05-2011, 07:55 PM
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I've had two different refrigerators go bad (the first was a two year-old whirlpool & second is an 11-year old GE) with seemingly the same problem. Fridge gets warm then freezer run cool. Both times I've checked the coils and both times they are frozen over. I've read the forums on the possible problems and I'm assuming that in both cases the culprit is the motherboard but I'm concerned that the root of my problem is not with the refrigerators but rather with the electrical wiring to the wall socket. Our house is about a 150 years old and we bought it from a flipper who seems to have taken quite a few short cuts when rehabbing the house. Could faulty wiring be burning out the motherboard or causing some other sort of problem?


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I've had two different refrigerators go bad (the first was a two year-old whirlpool & second is an 11-year old GE) with seemingly the same problem. Fridge gets warm then freezer run cool. Both times I've checked the coils and both times they are frozen over. I've read the forums on the possible problems and I'm assuming that in both cases the culprit is the motherboard but I'm concerned that the root of my problem is not with the refrigerators but rather with the electrical wiring to the wall socket. Our house is about a 150 years old and we bought it from a flipper who seems to have taken quite a few short cuts when rehabbing the house. Could faulty wiring be burning out the motherboard or causing some other sort of problem?
Frosted Flakes,

Yes, an improper power supply, could create your problem, especially with a "mother board"or PCB assembly.

Your modern day electrical products9especially those using printed circuit boards) are designed to operate on a 120 Volt, grounded and polarized power supply and needs to have less than a 10% voltage drop, with the circuit "under a load".

At first it sounded like you had the rare 2 refrigerators with defrost problems, but, you should check your power supply before you go further, I would.

Good Luck,
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An electrician, who is a friend, told me that I should consider dropping in an appliance surge protector rated for 1800 watts, do you think this will help?
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An electrician, who is a friend, told me that I should consider dropping in an appliance surge protector rated for 1800 watts, do you think this will help?
FrostdFlakes,

It can't Hurt, and most likely can or will help.

Once your powerred up, let us know which refrigerator you decide to use and we can start diagnosing, and get it up and running.

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To protect the refrigerator, you need a 1000 joule surge protector for power surge protection. If your refrigerator is getting low voltage, it will make the compressor hard starting and most modern compressors will eventually fail due to this.
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