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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Brand new freezer not starting
You may have plugged your freezer into a bad receptacle, which is not providing the proper voltage. (usually due to a loose wire or bad contacts in the receptacle.) After letting the unit sit for at least 10 minutes, plug it into a different outlet (preferably on a different breaker). You can use a heavy gauge (like 14 or 12 gauge) extension cord for the test. If it starts and runs, fix your original receptacle / breaker / wiring. If still the same results (compressor not starting), call for warranty service.
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
If the little green lites show up , you do not need a circuit board . If you get a hum or buzzing noise when pushing for CRUSHED ice , then the auger motor is frozen up . Remove the ice bin and use a hair dryer directly on the forks which turn the dispensor . The heat will transfer into the motor , defrosting the armature . Try closing the freezer door ocassionally and pushing the arm to test if forks turn .
Posted on Aug 09, 2009
SOURCE: Plug it in, it starts,
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Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.
If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.
If your refrigerator is running but warm, then…
Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...
Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair
Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor
Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay
Posted on Sep 12, 2010
SOURCE: I have a GE ESS25LGNA
Frost free refrigerator models utilize a drain to take the water melted off the coils to the evaporator pan. This pan collects the water in the bottom of the unit and uses the heat of the compressor to increase the evaporation rate. If this drain becomes clogged with ice or debris it will back-up and eventually over flow. This overflow usually collects in the bottom of the fresh food compartment below but can also leak onto the floor.
To correct the problem, you must locate the drain and inspect it for blockage. Often, you'll find it frozen, but it's usually always solid debris blocking the flow of the water that's CAUSING it to freeze: and that must be removed from the drain or it WILL happen again.
After unplugging the fridge from the AC power, go ahead and pull the unit out where you can access the back. This is also a GREAT opportunity to clean dust off of the condenser coils and compressor, which will GREATLY lower your energy costs! (Use a Vacuum with brush attachment)
Depending on the model of refrigerator in question, the drain port can be located in several places. The most likely location is just under the freezer, which is actually the top of the fresh food compartment: The tube usually comes out there, and down the outside of the refrigerator; (On Back) However, it can also be under the coils behind the false back and/or side walls. At any rate, when looking for it, keep in mind that its' sole function is to drain water away from the evaporator coils when the unit is defrosting itself; Therefore, it's almost ALWAYS just under the freezer at the end of a "channel" that directs all of the water into it.
Cleaning the Drain... Depends on what's causing the clog.
If it's iced up, the quickest way to thaw it is with a hairdryer. It takes just a minute with the hairdryer set on max.
Before you get happy and close everything up though, ALWAYS check the tube for debris.
About 95% of the time, I've found something in a frozen drain line. Remember: It wouldn't have been frozen in the first place if the water had been able to drain off!
After checking the pan under the freezer for debris in the pan and exit hole, you'll need to check the tube itself. The best test is just to blow through it like you would a straw. If it's clogged, you'll feel some resistance.
To clear a clogged pipe: There are numerous ways, but the most efficient is to use a can of electronics duster. (ONLY the kind that comes with a nozzle extension tube) WITH A PAIR OF CLOTH OR LEATHER WORK GLOVES ON BOTH HANDS!: Stick the nozzle extension down into the drain tube. Wrap one hand around the top of the tube and the nozzle to form as tight a seal as you can, and press the trigger. The clog should be blown right out: if not repeat as necessary. Reconnect it all, then pour a little water through it and check for leaks. Hope this helps!
Posted on Oct 06, 2010
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