Question about Frigidaire FRS3R4EW 33" 22.6 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator w/ 4 Button Ice/Water Dispenser & Cle...
Could it be the defrost thermostat if so how do test
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Freezer Troubles
Skap, the question is whether the evaporator coils are completely frosted up or just the top section. Frigidaire has had a lot of issues with restrictions which would cause just freezing on the top half. I will attach some pictures. Your unit has an adaptive defrost. I believe that you can advance it into defrost by pressing the light switch 5 or 6 times. If you pull the bottom grill, there should be a tech sheet with the instructions behind it. Usually when this adaptive defrost unit fails, you will not have a freezer fan, for it runs through this adaptive defrost board. Your heaters are calrod and usually do not fail. They can become unplugged due to ice build-up. You can check to see if you have 120V getting to them after putting the unit into defrost. If not, check the defrost thermostat (bi-metal). If it's bulged, it's usually a bad sign. Defrost the unit with a hair dryer while unplugged. You have to remove the back freezer panel to get at the bi-metal, defrost the unit and check the drain pan.
Posted on Sep 11, 2006
also check defrost timer,defrost thermostat. In
most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board.
If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
The bi-metal or also called a limiter or defrost thermostat is wired in series with the main heater.
When the timer switches the machine from the running mode to the defrost mode, it shuts off all cooling and turns the main heater on. This could be anywhere from 21 minutes to 35 minutes. The bimetal is a thermostat. It shuts the main heater off when the coil reaches approx. 50 degrees. Without it, the machine would get extremely hot, defrosting all the food, and in some cases even begin to melt plastic parts in the freezer compartment. It's also a safety device, in case the timer went into defrost and failed there. Without it, it would totally destroy the machine, even to the point of creating a possible fire hazard.
Posted on Jun 12, 2010
Testimonial: "Thanks for the info. When I took the freezer section apart I had to use a hair dryer to remove the insulation as it had chunks and sheets of ice attached and imbedded in the evaporator coil. All meat though especially in bottom of basket had defrosted and ruined. I turned timer to defrost and heater coil began heating up. Fridge and freezer not cooling as cold as used to. Looks like bimetal thermostat and heater working. Could it be bimetal thermostat not turning off soon enough. But why would evaporator core be freezing but ice container which is on front door of freezer is thawing ice and will have water in it from melting. "
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Posted on Sep 23, 2010
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