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Freezer is defrosting and keeps buzzing on and off. I assume it is the defroster kicking in. This seems to happen when I buy groceries. I have Thanksgiving dinner in my freezer (a lot of money there) and it is thawed. I need to find out how to disable the defroster or re-set it. I have tried to turning the freezer off for an hour, I have moved it several feet from the wall and removed half the items inside. I don't know if somehow I am blocking a vent when I load the groceries and it is causing this, but when I removed half the groceries I made a point to make sure nothing was touching the back walls where the vents are, and there is ample space around every shelf. I also, emptied the ice tray. The unit was cleaned last time this happened. I have in the past been able to remove everything and unplugged it for several hours and corrected the problem. But I can't afford to do that this time.

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  • christyfalli Nov 26, 2008

    This unit has a computer, a defrost thermostat connected to an adaptive defrost unit. I have concluded that is is an issue with the adaptive defrost, although I haven't pulled my fridge out to see if the coils have froze up, I will be doing that in a bit. I think it has something to do with the defrost unit. The diagram says to press the fresh food switch 5 times in 6 secs to activate the defrost and then do the same to deactivate it. That didnt help. From the diagram ("which I am rather illiterate in reading") it appears the adaptive defrost module and thermostat are above the top shelf near the freezer. So I will avoid putting things on that shelf in the future.....

    So I am resorting to defrosting the entire thing and will see tomorrow if it will return to normal. Which has worked on the past occasions this has happened. If not I will call a repairman to check the thing out I hope I don't have to buy a new fridge this close to xmas....

  • christyfalli Nov 26, 2008

    The unit is a FRS26HF6BW1 Frigidaire 26 cu ft side by side Refridgerator with filtered ice/water.

  • christyfalli Nov 28, 2008

    I let the Fridge completely defrost and started her back up and is back working fine.

  • christyfalli Apr 28, 2009

    well, this thing has been such a pain. had the service guy come out guess what it was working when he plugged it up stupid freaking thing. so it lasted until now and is doing it again. I had 2 come out they both say replace the compressor. ( I think they see poor girl and easy money! ) But that doesn't make sense to me as it eventually seems to start back up at sometime or another after ruining all my food of course

    I think that it is the PTC Starter. Does anyone know if this might sound correct?

    I checked the relay that plugs into it and it looks ok not burned no shake noise. (I don't have a volt meter and wouldn't have a clue how to use it if I did) I am worried about taking the ptc out myself. It's jammed in there with tons of copper tubing around it that I am afraid to damage. I tried just pulling on it like the relay but it didn't budge. I can't see any screws and according to the replacement parts it plugs into "pins" on the compressor. Can I pull it off without damaging the compressor? Does anyone know if it has screws. The part number is 218721119. Any suggestions on removal please... Also, I plan to replace both the PTC and relay. Any helpful information you might suggest is welcomed greatly!

    I was also told it could be the defrost thermostat or thermostat. Anyone else dealt with this? I love this fridge and don't want to have to buy another... help a poor girl out!


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Buzzing noise is bad compressor. Tries to start and can't so it trips the overload. Compressor may be under wty- call Frigidaire to see.

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