Question about Admiral 26 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

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Refrigerator, s/side, too cold, etc

Admiral 21.6 CF, HMG62163 (about 1990-91, s/side) started freezing most foods on lower two shelves as well as in drawers, even with temp at warmest settings. Freezer is running extremely cold, too--ice cream is like a block of ice. Circulation fan seems to run overtime. Can't tell what compressor is doing. Concurrent with the extreme cold temperatures, the water dispenser and ice maker stopped working; I.e., no water to either unit and ice motor (auger) wouldn't turn over. After 2 or 3 days, the ice water worked. Next day the ice maker worked fully. Then water disp started working intermittently for a day or two. Food on lower two exposed cooling shelves still freezes but ice maker is okay for now. Are these other issues thermostat-related? Can you recommend a good troubleshooting or repair manual, or is "The Admiral" ready to be retired? Will dirty grills cause such problems? We've not moved/cleaned under or behind refrig for 9 or 10 years. (We've never been able to adjust flow of cold air to vegetable bins to keep food from freezing. We accepted that as a stupid engineering flaw re baffles, controls, etc., within weeks of buying the unit.)

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  • Darryl Love Apr 24, 2007

    Thanks for your response. I have done that since my initial post and it may have helped, somewhat. At least, the refrig doesn't freeze as badly as it did. I played with the temp settings, baffles, etc., too.

    Let me ask you about this: I took out the temp control to make sure it was working. It gets continuity, as it should, but the switch seems "backward." E.G., there is an arrow pointing toward colder--the opposite way should be warmer and eventually "OFF." But the control actually click off when turned in the direction of the arrow, or "colder." I haven't had time to check whether "WARM" is cold and "COLDER" is warmer--this didn't seem like a possibility. But could the temp control be manufactured "backward?" We've never been able to use the veggie bins since we've owned it, despite the controls. Any thoughts?

  • Darryl Love Nov 20, 2007

    Thanks, jomong.



    And can you believe I still have the cover off the controls, etc., because I never got around to fixing this mess. So, I will replace the temperature control. But, on the thermostat, I may have to go back to the library book to be sure of what I am doing. However, I assume you mean the loop and the small grey metal box it comes out of, which is connected to the switching assembly. Am I correct? If so, thanks for the tips.

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Hi! your problem was temperature control,it is malfunctioning.. replace your termostat.

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Unplug and let defrost. You should also clean the grills off in back and get all cob webs off from underneith. that might help

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