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Traulsen URS 48 DT Freezer in Freeze/Thaw Cycle/Fridge Side O.K.

We purchased our Traulsen Ultra Side By Side Freezer/Refrigerator (incl ice maker) in 1993. We were away for 3 days over New Years and returned to find that all the food in the freezer section had thawed. The ice cubes in the ice maker drawer had fused together in a lump.  Refrigerator section was normal temperature. We tried reset and fiddling with the two temp dials, as well as turning the two switches on and off. After a couple of minutes or maybe more, we noticed the temp in freezer beginning to drop AND the fan was working. We were relieved, until 4 hours later, the temp began to rise again and the fan was off. It appears the freezer is doing a very dramatic temp up and down cycle. Any suggestions or ideas? We are in a rural area and have asked the local appliance man to come out Monday but he didn't sound like he really had ever dealt with such a high end fridge/freezer (it was rated as a commercial unit when we bought it and we gather from info we  found on the site that they don't support such units any more.  It is 15 years old BUT it cost $10,000 back in '93 so we hope we don't have to replace the whole unit. Thanks in advance for any help!

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  • bjgibb Jan 05, 2009

    Thank you for your quick response AND two good suggestions which I will run past our appliance service man when he comes here this afternoon. I am not sure where the thermostat is or the defrost timer is so perhaps he can locate and check. I will report back later. Thanks again.

  • bjgibb Jan 17, 2009

    As promised, for any Traulsen owners in the future, who may experience my problem - the compressor relay and the defrost timer were replaced (cost $45 Can and $Can respectively) and everything is working normally now!

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I'm not intently familiar with this particular brand, but here's some ideas to check. If the thermostat sticks on, the freezer coils can freeze, blocking air flow and jamming circulation fan. This will cause the temp in freezer compartment to rise. When the ice on the coils thaw, the compartment starts to cool again, but the cycle will continue. Another thought is if this unit has a defrost timer that could be defective. Without seeing the unit, it's hard to determine the exact cause.
Hope this helps.

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