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Old 07-22-2012, 03:19 PM
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First noticed ice cream was soft serve instead of rock hard like usual. Cleaned coils as best I could from the back with a long handle duster but they didn't look too dirty. I gave it a chance to cool down overnight. It ran continuously, got down to temp briefly but then warmed up again. Since then I have had to turn it off as I can't afford the electric bill for continuous power drag. Lost all the food. Cleaned unit. Turned it back on and gave it three hours to see if it could cool. Only went from 85 F / 85 F to 85 Fridge, 80 Freezer in three hours. When it's on it sounds normal. Will I be able to hear if there is a fan problem? Any wisdom? Last fridge lasted 30 years. This is a $2000, five year old fridge. Please tell me this is an easy/cheap fix.


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Old 07-24-2012, 11:25 AM
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Can expert please respond?
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:41 PM
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Will I be able to hear if there is a fan problem?
Not necessarily.

Check to be sure that the compressor is running. You can usually hear it but you should also be able to feel it vibrating and it should be warm.

Also is itr's fan running? It should be on whenever the compressor is on.

Is the evaporator/freezer fan running?

Please tell me this is an easy/cheap fix.
Cannot say still need more info but it does not sound good.
If all the above items are running continuously and you get little or no cooling then it could be a sealed system problem.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:53 AM
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OK. I didn't disassemble the freezer but when I open it the fan noise is obvious. It is probably producing the most noise of all. Though, I can't see it. I felt the compressor. It is warm with not much noise. It's fan is working. Fridge side walls vibrate slightly. Also noticed the air flow to the fridge is barely there although not sure how much force there should be. Temps: freezer 80, fridge 85.
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Since you feel the compressor running, you will have to remove the cover in the freezer so you can inspect the evaporator coils.

If they are heavily iced/frosted over to the point where the evaporator fan cannot pull air through them, then you have a defrost problem.

If there is no frost or frost only in one area (usually where the freon enters the coils, then you have a sealed system problem. This will be an expensive repair as you need a pro.

Often it makes more sense to put the dollars towards a new unit.
Since this could end up scrapping the unit, it is very important that you are sure that the compressor is running all the time other than defrost cycles as you do not want to diagnose this wrong.
Also be sure that the unit has run for a couple hours without a defrost cycle.
If you check the coils shortly after a defrost you will mis-diagnose.

If the coils have a fairly even coating of frost, this is normal and it may be just the evaporator fan or something else.
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Should also mention I can hear the freon gurgling but no hissing.
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The unit has been off for almost two weeks. I didn't think it was possible to have frost at this point. I will run it for a couple of hours and monitor the compressor activity.

The condenser is not warm after an hour of running.

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Compressor ran continuously.
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Can someone help me with a some ball park quotes? I live in Riverside, CA. My church has asked me to obtain a quote for the repairs so it can get permission to cut the check. But I can't get a quote without incurring a service call charge which I cannot pay upfront.

My guess is I either need a freon charge or I need compressor replacement. Can someone give me a quote for these services, hopefully for my area? If not I don't know how I am going to get the quote to get the repair done?
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