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Hi. I have a side by side 2004 Frigidaire fridge that I am hoping to fix with some guidance. I

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Old 01-06-2015, 11:51 AM
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Default Freezer & Fridge not cold - coils cold, evap fan works but not running
Model Number: FRS26rlec   Brand: Frigidaire   Age: More than 10 years   

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Hi. I have a side by side 2004 Frigidaire fridge that I am hoping to fix with some guidance. I returned from a 10 day vacation to find the top of the freezer compartment warm with thawed items. The fridge wasn't making the usual sounds although lights were working.

I removed the back panel to find snowy frost on the top of the evap coil assembly, but not enough to block the evap fan. The evap fan is not turning on, but I have bench tested it and it runs. Compressor is running - I also tested that and got the appropriate ohm reading. Also tested the starter relay and got resistance. The compressor fan runs as well.

The evap coil assembly does get cold when the fridge is plugged in, so I have chalked the problem up to the fact that the evap fan isn't distributing the air.

I think the fan is powered through the thermostat sensor (clipped to the evap coil) I tested it and didn't get any resistance, so I have ordered a new one. I hope that once installed, the evap fan will run and the fridge will be fixed. If it still doesn't work after this, then my next guess is to check the defrost board.

Anyone else have other ideas of what could be causing this? Trying to avoid spending $1000 on a new fridge.

THANK YOU


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Old 01-07-2015, 04:09 AM
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The given model number seems to be short several digits.
Please check it.

The evaporator fan is probably controlled by the defrost board.
I cannot be 100% sure without the complete model number.
It also controls the compressor but this is a separate output so I would say that the board is bad.

The thermostat clipped to the evaporator coil controls power to the defrost heater. The defrost time is a set time usually around 30 minutes but if the frost has been removed in lets say 15 minutes the thermostat opens killing power to the heater. The cycle then continues with the heater off.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:52 AM
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Sorry model # is FRS26RLECSC. I removed the board last night to find it fried. Probably occurred when power came back on after a power outage. Got a new board installed and the fridge is up and running. Thanks!
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