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Our refrigerator/freezer will stop working (not cool or freeze) then days later will begin to work again.

It starts off by making a strange noise. Like a long hum and a click. As if the compressor is attempting to come on but can't. It will do this for a couple of days then it will no longer cool or freeze. The fan is working, but blowing hot air. Then about 3 days after it has stopped it magically starts working again..and will for about 2 weeks. We have cleaned the coils as suggested in the manual, but it did not do anything to help it. Is it possible that the thermostat is going out? Our refrig is only 2 years old. We bought it brand new when we bought our house. What can we do to fix this problem?

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  • cyber7blue Nov 18, 2007

    I have the same problem. It started making an unusual noise from the freezer a couple of days ago and then it stopped working. There was a long hum and now we hear clicking sounds frequently. It no longer cools or freeze. The fan is also working, but blowing hot air. We have followed the troubleshooting section in the manual, cleaned the coils, checked the water filter on the base grill, checked the air flow mechanism behind the freezer, checked the control box and reset the defrost timer, but it still did'nt do anything to help it. There were no obvioius parts broken. We have a strong feeling it might be the compressor because of the frequent clicking sound, but would like to find out how to test it. If there's a leak from the compressor, how do you detect that? It does have the blue indian logo. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2007

    Sounds like the same thing to me as what mine is doing. I have the refrigerator with freezer on the bottom. The freezer stops freezing. I was told by dealer to turn the unit off completely and then turn it back on. It works for about two weeks, then starts again. I am now on the third load of food that is being ruined. I had a service repair man come out and at the time the freezer was working. He told me he could not service it until it stoped working so he could find out what the problem was. This happens on the weekends, nights, mornings. He replaced the computer board for $200.00 and told me he would not guarante it. It went out again two weeks later. What am I suppose to do? Have the guy live with me. When I called the last time it was a weekend and he was out of town. How am I suppose to get this issue fixed. The refrigerator is only two years old and I am out $200.00 and still have a broken refrigerator.

  • enthuiest Jan 20, 2008

    I also have exactly same problem? can you share how your refrigerator pronblem got fixed?

    thanks!

  • Gennady Prosmushkin Jun 23, 2008

    I have the same problem Looks like the thermostat problem. It can not be reset right away cause there is a capacitor which holds corrupt memory. After about 24 hours it resumes working. It mu theory. I am waiting for a repaireman foi now.

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It's either the start device on the compressor or you have a bad compressor. You'll have to pull it away from the wall and take the bottom back panel off to check the compressor. It will likely be real hot to the touch from what you described happening. If there is a little white colored box on the left side take that off and remove the wires, etc. and shake it... if it rattles and debris falls out then that's the problem. It's fairly common and they make a kit to replace it with a better designed part that's real easy to install yourself. If your compressor has a label on it with a blue indian head symbol, then you're out of luck as that brand pretty much sucks and is destroyed by heat. It would mean a new compressor and then you'd be lucky if the new one even worked from the factory. Avoid those Tecumseh compressors at all cost.

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It IS the compressor. My Maytag had a Tecumsei (sp?) and it would work and then not work ...this went for over three years. I finally googled it to death and found out all sorts of information. I called Maytag and they denied it. I fought with them. Finally they sent someone out. The guy who fixed it told me I had a Tcumsei and they are famous for dying after the first year.

This really ticks me off. I spent hundreds of dollars on prior repair people coming out not to mention the cost of all the spoiled food for our family. It always seemed to die right after I went food shopping!

There should be a class action suit for this.

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FYI anyone with this problem be aware Maytag denies it is a problem. Call and insist it is a product defect, or they will attempt to charge you. if you have already paid, demand your money. class action is around the corner on this one, as they have had problem on other models that use the same basic design, and have been forced to make repairs at their expense

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Guys it is likeley the issue is the supply voltage to your house is too low and the compressor has been designed too lean so it cannot generate the torque to start the compressor. This causes the small overload "klixon" to open protecting the compressor from fusing. This effect can be noticed when the compressor HUMMs for 3 seconds and then the klixon goes "click"

To fix this make sure your mains voltage is no lower than 230V AC+10% or -5% else claim damages from the supply authority with the reaaosn being compressor start failure due to stalling induced by low voltage .

Tecumseh make very good compressors and are probably incorectly manufactured for the application by the appliance amnufacturer ie over charged with gas by a few grams.

The cheapest way to fix it is to get a fridge techician to recover the gas weigh it and make sure it is exactally what is on the fridges compliance tag. The other way is to drop a bigger compressor in.

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I think they should have a recall on this piece of ..... refrigerator . I will never buy a fridgeraire again.it **** 1 and a haLF YEARS OLD BULL

Posted on Jan 16, 2011

WE have the same problem...I think the only solution sadly is to get rid of the LG and buy a better fridge....sad too because they are suppose to be environementally efficient but not for long and then they end up in landfills because they basically stink.

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

Don't buy anything frigidaire, we spent over 3k on appliances for our home. The dishwasher lasted 6 months, has been repaired several times in 3 years and has never worked properly since it was 6 months old. The stove needed a control panel after 18 months, we had no oven while this part took weeks on backorder. Our refrigerator lasted until a month after our 3 year warranty expired and is now having these same issues as described. Just our luck we have the compressor with the indian head logo. The best appliances we bought were our whirlpool washer and dryer and our 1985 roper refrigerator that was kept as a spare, but never fails! My family will never invest in frigidaire and I suggest you reconsider as well. They no longer make the quality products they once did. I don't think it was poor luck that all of my frigidaire appliances crapped out before or just at the 3 year mark.

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Do not put of the fridge when it is not in use.... BY doing this sensitivity of thermostat is reduced... which result in incorrect switching of compressor

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SOURCE: Our refrigerator/freezer will stop working (not cool or freeze) then days later will begin to work again.

It's either the start device on the compressor or you have a bad compressor. You'll have to pull it away from the wall and take the bottom back panel off to check the compressor. It will likely be real hot to the touch from what you described happening. If there is a little white colored box on the left side take that off and remove the wires, etc. and shake it... if it rattles and debris falls out then that's the problem. It's fairly common and they make a kit to replace it with a better designed part that's real easy to install yourself. If your compressor has a label on it with a blue indian head symbol, then you're out of luck as that brand pretty much sucks and is destroyed by heat. It would mean a new compressor and then you'd be lucky if the new one even worked from the factory. Avoid those Tecumseh compressors at all cost.

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