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Freon tube cold still only 50 degrees
Ok, your unit working properly after you have defrosted it is the big clue here. The refrigerator is cooled by a passage between it, and the freezer that a fan blows the cool air through to cool the fridge. If the evap coil is plugged with ice because the defrost system is not doing its job then it blocks the path of the cool air. If the fan can not blow the cool air into the refrigerator section it causes the refer side to warm up. Once you defrost the ice out of the evap coil it unblocks the cool airs path and the fan can once again blow cool air into the refer.
You really should have a tech look at this for you. The testing is pretty technical and it just is not practicle to try and teach you the theory you need to know to properly perform the diagnostics.
FYI the defrost method will work for as long as it takes for the coil to ice over again. This is dependant on th emoisture content of your home, how many times you open the unit etc.
FYI I edited my last post as you weere reading it .
Also the units refrigerant is not low. If it were the unit would exibit other symptoms.
The repair will not cost you more than about $150.00, if even that. It is not an expensive repair. The possible parts are less than $50.00. Not sure what they charge for labor but it cant be more than $80.00 for the service call.
If your Smitty is anything like This Smitty (me) the repair will probably be less than $100.00.
You can always take the hair dryer to it if it ices up again. I know its a pain in the back side but it will keep your food from spoiling till you decide on a new unit or a repair.
FYI I highly recommend that you avoid Lowes, Sears, nd Home Depot. Quality is sub standard!
The parts are what 'a defrost unit' I can order that if needed. I only need someone to refill the refrigerant coolant right? Still 30 degrees. I just need to check behind the service panel to make sure that isn't filling up, right? No problem with a pain in the behind, all I'm doing is vacumning my leaves anyway. Michigan unemployed autoworker. oh by the way your doing a good job. I don't know why you'd have the job if you didn't thou.
Thank you for the compliment.
There is nothing wrong with your refrigerant (coolant) level.
The only problerm you have is with your defrost system. There are multiple componants that comprise the defrost system. Timer, heating element, bimetal switches etc. One of the componants has failed and the system is not defrosting. That is what needs to be tested.
In order that someone be able to properly test the system they first must understand refrigeration theory, electrical theory, and the mechanical aspects of working on your unit. This is something that is beyond the scope of this venue. It requires hands on classroom teaching and cant be done over the internet.
As for being unemployed that is how I ended up here. Im a carpenter/foreman by trade and Im sure you know why Im outa work. Thank goodness for the appliance repairs I do here localy and JA. Id be on the streets without them.
Sorry to hear about that. Life can slap you pretty hard when it feels like it. At one point in mine I went from prosperous small business owner to the streets in less that 4 weeks. Between a flood (my whole shop is in SF bay somewhere now) and one of those "her" that you never discuss while drinking it was fast and hard.
But I survived 3 years on the streets. We had a saying "You learn to live with, "without".
Rock soup most nights, but everyone got a hot lunch @ Salvation Army 6 days per. Sundays someone always had a pot of beans cooking.
As for HVAC maintenance you need a refrigerant cert. I prefer not to. Too much BS to deal with the EPA and the gas recycleing companies that want to charge you an arm and a leg to take the gas to be recycled (and they make a killing selling it back to you too!). Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX thanks.
Besides I live in a small community and there just isnt that much call for it. Im lucky to get a few appliance repairs a week. The odd home repair and JA keeps us with a roof over our heads.
Life goes on. And so do I.
up to 32 at least the food won't freeze. Sorry about the slap in the face . At least I can retire after 21 years any time I need the money.
Great. Sounds like the unit is setteling down nicely. Let me know if you need anything else
Alright the access panel is plugged up again. I asked you how to open that up and I got no answer. You may not get paid if someone doesn't answer this.