2001-07-15 @ 1:30 PM
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, but our computer was marking your emails as junk. We have now corrected this problem.
This is Trish's other half, Bruce. As per your instructions, I unplugged the fridge, the coils were cold, unplugged the connector from the main board and tested the three plug prongs with my digital ohm meter as you described in your email. The ground (round) prong read 0 ohms. Of the 2 spade prongs, one had an "N" beside it (neutral??) which read 22.2 ohms. The other spade had no letter beside it and it read .719K ohms.
I accessed the coils in the freezer side by removing the panel. The top of the coils was very plugged with frost and the bottom had frost but not solid. We have a picture to show you, I will try to attach it to this email. If this does not work, send me another email [email protected]
and I will attach it. I then used a hair dryer to melt all the frost. I noticed the heating element. Was going to test the element for continuity but could not get either wire off and I did not wish to force the issue right now. I put the panel back on.
I accessed the compressor area as I have never cleaned the circular coils. They did have dust on them but did not look excessive. Tried to vacuum, to no avail so brought up my air compressor hose and blew the dust off. Is this the only way to clean the coils properly? I put the panel back on.
The fan in the freezer has always worked.
When the defrost timer heats the element, I assume the fridge does not work at all. If the defrost time stays on too long, would this cause the ice in the freezer to melt and the food to thaw??