Tip & How-To about Refrigerators

My refrigerator is not cooling, how can I fix it?

It could be one of several problems -

1) Failed compressor relay
2) Failed compressor
3) Failed component in the defrost system
4) Bad door gaskets
5) Failed door light switch

Questions to answer -

1) Is the compressor (large black domed item with three tubes (one stubbed) at the bottom back of the frig.) warm or hot? If cool, then you could have a failed relay inside the compressor enclosure. Unplug the refrigerator from the wall, locate where the wires go into the compressor terminal box. Remove the clip holding the cover, and pull the relay off the compressor. Inspect for evidence of burning. Replace if necessary and reinstall all covers. You should always hear a clicking sound when the compressor tries to start. If it does not start, and you hear it click again a few seconds later, then it's likely you have a failed compressor.

2) Was the condenser fan running? The condenser fan pushes rejected heat away from the condenser coil. If it's not running, it's hard on the compressor, and the refrigerator does not cool.

3) Was there thick ice buildup inside the louvers of the back wall of the freezer? Heavy ice buildup here is an indication of a failed defrost control or heater and requires further diagnosis to determine the problem. A knowledge of use of a volt-ohm meter is required, along with a willingness and ability to do some mechanical and electrical dis-assembly and test.

4) Was the fan running inside the freezer? Freezer fan should run when the compressor is running, but not during the defrost cycle (or it would slightly heat up the refrigerator.).

5) Look up my "Tips and Tricks" article on testing your door gaskets.

6) Open the door slightly and look inside as best you can. Is the light on or off? Continue to open the door until you see the light go on to confirm the light switch is working.

Following each of the above steps may not help you fix your unit, but will give you an indication of things to look for and describe when you post a request for help when trying top fix you refrigerator.

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C255 defy fridge freezer not working


1. DIRTY CONDENSER - CLEAN THE CONDENSER COILS AND FAN
2. TEMPERATURE SETTING TURNED TO LOW - TURN TEMPERATURE SETTING TO COLDER
3. CIRCUIT BREAKER TRIPPED - POWER SPIKE - RESET CIRCUIT BREAKER
4. COMPRESSOR WON'T START - FAILED CAPACITOR - REPLACE CAPACITOR
5. COMPRESSOR NOT STARTING - BAD RELAY - REPLACE RELAY
6. DEFROST TIMER MALFUNCTION - REPLACE DEFROST TIMER OR COMPUTER CONTROL BOARD
7. FAILED DOOR SEAL - REPLACE WORN OUT DOOR SEAL
8. FAILED COMPRESSOR - REPLACE COMPRESSOR

Apr 17, 2017 | Refrigerators

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it stoped working and well it just doesnt seem to start up again and does it need charging


It should start even if it needed charging. I do not believe foolant levels are the problem here.
Things that prevent the compressor from starting are.
1. Defrost thermostat or thermistors (Near the evaporator coils) The are supposed to terminate the defrost cycle at 60 deg F and tell the control or timer to restart the compressor.
2. Adaptive defrost controls or defrost timers.
3. PTC relay and KliXon Thermal overload protectors
4. Failed compressor windings or bearings.

If the fans are running... suspect the compressor or compressor components PTC / Thermal Overload windings or bearings. If the compressor tries to start but fails to run, it could be the run capacitor. If it just sits there and hums every 4 - 6 minutes it is most likely that the compressor has failed.

Since there was not a make or model number included with this post the answer above is quite generic. Hopefully by using the information above you can determine where the problem lies.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly

Aug 01, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Our kenmore refrigerator/freezer went warm. We


It could be one of several problems -

1) Failed compressor relay
2) Failed compressor
3) Failed component in the defrost system
4) Bad door gaskets
5) Failed door light switch

Questions to answer -

1) Was the compressor (large black domed item with three tubes (one stubbed) at the bottom back of the frig.) warm or hot?
2) Was the condenser fan running?
3) Was there thick ice buildup inside the louvers of the back wall of the freezer?
4) Was the fan running inside the freezer?
5) Look up my "Tips and Tricks" article on testing your door gaskets.
6) Open the door slightly and look inside as best you can. Is the light on or off? Continue to open the door until you see the light go on to confirm the light switch is working.
Your response will give us an idea where to look to find the problem.

Dec 13, 2009 | Cars & Trucks

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Condenser fan always runs so freezer won't maintain temps. What makes the condenser fan run? How can I get that fan to cycle?


Good day,
The fan motor runs when the thermostat asks it to.
If the machine is not at the proper temperature, the fan will run 24/7.
You have a cooling problem with the machine.
here are some areas to check.
1. The fan motor in the freezer compartment. It is behind the rear panel. You should be able to hear it running when you open the freezer door.
2. The defrost system has failed. Once again, open the freezer door, if you see frost built up on the rear panel, Either, the defrost timer, defrost thermostat, or main heater has failed.
3. The compressor is bad, or the start components mounted on the side of the compressor have failed.
4. Refrigerent has leaked out, or the system has an internal restriction.
The last 2 items are best left to a trained repair technician.

Dec 05, 2009 | Frigidaire 20.6 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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My freezer is not freezing and now the fridge is not cooling. Is is worth fixing?


Good day,
If the compressor has failed, then replacement of the machine might make sense, but a refrigerator is a complex device with many components, that can be replaced at nominal cost.
1. The defrost system failed. Usually shows up as frost building up on the rear panel of the freezer compartment. Consists of 3 parts.
2. Circulating fan motor in freezer compartment failed.
3. Condenser cooling fan motor located in the bottom rear of the machine behind the rear cover near the compressor.
4. Compressor not running because the start components failed.
These are mounted to the side of the compressor and consist of
the overload, start relay, and on some models a start/run capacitor.
5. Defective thermostat, not running the machine or not running it enough.
Once these basic items are checked, your question can be answered.

Nov 28, 2009 | KitchenAid KSRG25FKSS Side by Side...

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