The fan does not appear to be running....I did have a fan replaced about a year ago...that time ice built up in the fan area of the freezer...yes, there is frost beginning to collect on the back of the freezer.
I can do that...the freezer is empty except for an ice cube tray that i put in to see if it actually will freeze....is it possible that my fan went bad again as well?
Thanks...that make sense to me....not that I know much about this stuff....I apreciate your help....
Dear Appliance Doc
okay...I have replaced the thermostat as suggested....my refigerator is 40 degrees at the coldest setting and my freezer is begining to have a frost build up....any suggestions.
okay, you lost me....the thermostat is pretty easy to replace...hard to scew that up, so I'll say yes, installed correctly. I'm not sure where the heater is....on the back of the freezer are coils, how do I...1. recognize the heater and....2. check for contiuity.
okay...i have taken this a part an there is no heating coil....there is the coil that the coolant runs through the freezer...this last advice doesn't make sense to me...where are we miscommunicating?
not sure what to do next....
okay..I gues you see my expertise is limited....however, I did find a glass tube with a fine wire inside behind the coolant coils; I assume this is the heater coil your previous e-mail is referencing.....I tested this with the continuty meter and it is fine....any further advise.
I'm back...I have replaced the thermostat and I have replace the defrost timer....I have turned the little knob on the bottom of the thermostat timer to go into defrost mode. I have checked the heater coil, in fact, I can see the heater cooler glow, since I set the time to go into defrost.....i still have the original problem...the refridgerator does not cool below 42-45 degrees....frost is still building up as it did originally.
What should I try next.
Installation is pretty much idiot proof....just plug it in...it can only go one way, so that shouldn't be the issue.....I do understand that I am a novice. It's a 10 hour timer, if the timer doesn't work, would it either stay in defrost mode? or would it go out of defrost mode in what ever time frame it is supposed to stay in defrost mode and then in 10 hours, not kick back in to defrost mode?....I have to ship the part back and get a new part so, can't do that until Monday, so I'm looking for a practical way to test your theory.
okay....I did put it into defrost mode since the frost built up over the past few days...I took the back panel of the freezer to see how much build up there was behind the panel...that's how I saw the heating element begin to glow. I assume that the element will not glow once it kicks out of defrost....if it continues to glow beyond 45 min, I assum I should shut it off so I don't burn out the element....is that true or does it not matter.
ok just thought I follow up and do a quick lessons learned....my condenser fan was bad....I learned that i could test the fan with a simple conduction tester....as you advised, i purchased a new thermostat, did not fix my problem; I purchased a new defrost timer, did not fix my problem; I reordered a new defrost timer because you said i must have go a bad defrost timer...the new one did not solve the problem either - you told me there is no way to test the defrost timer....that is not true...the defrost timer can be tested with a continuity meter - i tested the new defrost meter and it is fine...I went back and tested the original defrost timer it too was fine.....I was out of parts to replace based on your advice so i finally replaced the condenser fan as I asked from the very begining and my problem was solved....I am very dissappointed in your guidance....although, on the bright side, i know alot more about refridgerators now...not really sure what to think of this service....this was not really a good experience...other than having a bunch of new parts that I probably didn't need.
well what I know is the fan was not operating; I tested it. It failed the test. I replaced it and my refridgerator cools and my freezer does not frost up. I understand you are working remotely and hve to make decidions based on what I tell you. I'm not an appliance guy....what is frustrating is there were ways to test the parts I replaced and ways to test the fan.
That is the lesson learned for me.