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Sub-Zero freezer 600 series - flashing 'vacuum condenser'. I've taken the vents off and cleaned areas, however, the message light does not come off. And the freezer has formed ice on the back walls.

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Our is doing the same thing, except we do not have ice forming on the back of the freezer. We were told by a refrigeration repair company that if ice is forming on the back of the freezer then the compressor is bad.

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My freezer drawers are very warm All food defrosted smells horrible even after cleaning. Should I clean condensor, temp is not cooling?


It is likely the condenser fan is not functioning, or the condenser is dirty. You may need to open the compressor access panel to check. If you can hear the compressor running, and the condenser feels warm, the fan should be running. If it isn't, it probably needs to be replaced. Another symptom is the area around the doors feels warm.

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The condenser is the 'radiator' located under the unit near the compressor. If it's clogged it will cause this. Make sure, also, that the fan at the condenser is operating.

If you've not yet cleaned the condenser, do so with a vacuum both sucking, and then blowing, to clean it well. BE READY FOR A DUSTY MESS!!

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My 632 is flashing EC 40. What is the problem?


Here's a list of all error codes for the 600-series Sub-Zeros.
http://fixitnow.com/wp/2006/06/29/error-codes-for-the-sub-zero-600-series-refrigerators/

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The ice cube indicator is blinking


From the manual:

The Control Center monitors refrigerator and

freezer temperatures as well as the ice maker

system. If there is a temperature or ice maker

problem, you'll be alerted by a flashing

SERVICE indicator light. This same SERVICE

light will also flash if the condenser needs

cleaning. Before calling for service, please

check and see if your condenser area needs

cleaning. Refer to Condenser Cleaning,
page 22.

CONDENSER CLEANING

In all Built-In models, the condenser is located

behind the grille. First, remove the grille. Then

using a soft bristle brush, vacuum to remove

dust and lint from the condenser. NOTE: To

avoid bending the condenser fins, be sure to

vacuum in the direction of the fins (up and

down). Clean the condenser area every three

to six months.


CAUTION

Before cleaning the unit, shut the electricity

off at the control panel. When you

clean the condenser, wear gloves to avoid

injury from the sharp condenser fins.

Failure to clean the condenser could

result in temperature loss or mechanical
failure or damage.

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Can you assist with this problem? The freezer of my Sub Zero model #690 is not freezing hard enough and a light blinks that says "service" next to the temperature control button. I don't have a...


Dear claymier,


I'm sorry to hear that your unit has a 'Service' indicator flashing. This message is displayed when the unit has had to run for an excessive period of time. This means that your unit is having difficulty cooling and as a result is running more often than normal.

My first suggestion would be that you turn off your unit and clean your condenser. Cleaning your condenser on a regular basis will help keep your unit running efficiently. While your compressors run, air is drawn through the condenser area where dust and/or pet hair can collect. Our recommendation is to vacuum this area at a minimum twice a year. Failure to do so could result in temperature loss, mechanical failure, or damage. Turn off the unit when you clean the condenser. This will reset the 'Service' indicator.


You will find instructions on how to vacuum your condenser in your Use & Care Manual. We also offer a video that provides clear instructions on our website, which you can view by following the enclosed link:


http://www.subzero.com/livingkitchen/lifestyle/videogallery.aspx


After trying this, if your unit is still having problems keeping temperature or if the service light has come back on, I would recommend that you contact a Factory Certified Service company. To find a Factory Certified Service Company in your area please use the link below. Enter your zip code, select 'Service, Repair and Parts

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