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Saint Louisan  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:28:32 PM(UTC)
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Hello I've snooped around this forum in the past and it's been awfully helpful. But this issue doesn't seem as simple as I've previously faced and I'm in need of some direction/expertise, So I've decided to register and ask for help.

So the fridge in question is a hotpoint/GE side by side that stopped working Friday morning or that's when we noticed. It was totally dead except for the interior lights, but I could turn the temp controller to max/min and I could hear a click like a relay. So I assumed it was calling for the compressor to start but that wasn't happening.

So after a couple hours of checking for continuity and shorts (too no avail) I called a buddy who also knows 0% about appliances but a little about circuit boards, but he wasn't much help...go figure! He did ask about how the board looked?....it looked fine to me, but then he asked if both sides look good? He was right because when t I removed the board it was blatantly obvious the the compressor relay was blown.

So I replaced the board and problem solved or so I thought. The compressor ran all night and all the next day but never restored things in the freezer to a hard freeze (soft ice cream), the fridge side seems OK though.

I've searched and managed to find bits and pieces of troubleshooting info/videos, enough that I think the defrost thermostat and element is operational but I'm not 100% on that. And I definitely need enlightenment as to test the fans, both condenser and compressor. I'll add that the condenser (the coils in the rear of the freezer) has the lower 1/3 iced with fluffy snow like ice. I'm just praying it isn't a compressor


I would appreciate any pointers or possibly a troubleshooting flow chart.

Thanks for the read!
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denman  
#2 Posted : Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:41:19 AM(UTC)
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I am assuming that the compressor runs all the time except when the unit goes through a defrost cycle.

If the above is true then it sounds like a sealed system problem.

Below is a link, take a look at the example pictures about half way down the page.
http://www.applianceaid.com/ref...r-not-cold-enough.php#ff
Saint Louisan  
#3 Posted : Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:42:52 AM(UTC)
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It seems like it runs alot, so thats likely it......darn it! I was hoping it would've been one of those peasky fans drawing to much current.

Is there anything I can do to confirm this? Without the gauges and proper tools?
denman  
#4 Posted : Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:42:18 AM(UTC)
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My earlier post with the examination of the evaporator coils is the confirmation.

If the compressor is running then frost should develop evenly over the entire evaporator coil surface.
Saint Louisan  
#5 Posted : Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:42:38 AM(UTC)
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Hmm.....bummer! I was afraid of that, regardless I thank you for your time! I'm sure it's just a matter of time till something breaks again and I'll be back.

I just appreciate the resource, without this site I'd have been in the dark from the get-go.
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