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Our Whirlpool AFG 7080/IX was suffering from the chattering problem I've seen reported elsewhere on the web. This finally resulted in being permanently stuck on -24 for about 36 hours, after which the temp would rise rapidly. If you noticed it, you could fix it by repeatedly switching the freezer off and on until you heard the compressor kick in, and putting it on fast freeze for another period. If we were away for the weekend, we could get home and find the temp at 11! and have to throw everything away. Had it checked by an electrician who said it was probably the PCB - so have just bought a new one and partly fitted it. I bought the whole front panel control unit. I have two questions: 1. How do you fit the new front panel, where the top door hinge fits into it? I managed to unscrew the one side, then had to destroy the old panel on the hinge side to get it off. I presume the door has to come off, but don't know how to do it. This is why I say the panel is "partly" fitted - it is connected up and sitting on top of the freezer! 2. Since fitting the new panel, the temp is now stable at -18 (this is what I have set it at) BUT the alarm is continually beeping. The red light is not on and I can mute the alarm by pressing the button, but after about 1 minute it starts again. It has been going all night! ANy ideas?

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  • tom5230 Sep 13, 2008

    1. Re: Fitting panel. Have tried the parts finder website, but can't find the model there. Tried AFG , AFG7080 etc and also the number off the plate inside and the site can't find my freezer. Is this maybe because it is a U.S. site and they don't sell this model in the States? Any more ideas?

    2. Re: Alarm buzzer. Switched off and unplugged for 10 minutes. Came back on then after 1min, alarm started again. Where is the sensor and how would I check if it was faulty?

    Thanks

  • tom5230 Sep 13, 2008

    Still haven't been able to get a diagram for this, but I will figure it out one way or another. Good news is that I've stopped it beeping! Realised that because I had the new unit balanced on top of the freezer, rather than in situ, it might be thinking that the door was open. Moved it (more or less) into place and the beeping stopped! So there must be some sort of proximity detection (magnetic?)in the control panel that is activated when the door is opened.
    Thanks for the help anyway.

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1 insert model number here to get exploded views for your fridge, this should help you in mounting the panel.

2 If the alarm keeps beeping, try first unplugging power cord for five minutes. If it does not reset check all wirings, unless the thermic sensor sensor or the new panel have gone faulty, it must be a wiring problem.

Let me know if you have any further query.

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    Ginko Sep 13, 2008

    1 It is the biggest worldwide distributor, and usually it has in database even parts for european or australasian model.
    On model number see Need help finding the model number on your appliance.
    Eventually post all the number in the tag.
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    Hi, the thermostat, or thermic sensor, is located inside the fridge on the panel at the side or at the bottom of the fridge. See this generic diagram.
    By the way, if temperature is fine and stable at -18, the thermostat is ok, when it is faulty you get temperature displayed erratically and fridge not cooling.


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