Question about Sub-Zero 690 Side by Side Refrigerator

2 Answers

Subzero 590: freezer works, refrigerator not cooling

Tried vacuuming the coils to no avail.Turned unit off for a full day (moved food to a backup fridge).

Turned off both freezer and fridge (using dials inside fridge). Cycled the master switch at the top of the unit -- that works -- fan in front of coils comes on/spins an lights work in both freezer/fridge.

Turn on freezer portion with dial in fridge (set to 5), and I can hear the system startup (and I can see it getting power - put a meter on the condenser).

Turn freezer off again and turn on refrigerator - no sound of life. Put meter on that condenser and I'm not getting any reading.

Ideas on what it could be and rough cost to repair? Assuming it's worth repairing given the price of a replacement! Unit has a date code of June 1991.

Thanks!
Martin in New Hampshire

Posted by on

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    The frezzer is working fine, but the refrigerator is approx 65 degrees. My model is 690 dual refrigeration. Just wondered of anyone knows if it would be the condensor, Coils or ?????

×

Ad

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 102 Answers

This is a Sub Zero and many technicians do not realize that these units most all run on 2 separate systems. 2 cold controls 2 compressors 2 evaporators. They share a condenser and condenser fan motor. What you are describing is most likely a bad cold control. It is pretty common for these to get some age and go bad. If you are very savvy with repairs yourself then if you access the compressor area and feel that the compressor on the right is cool and the compressor on the left is warm then you know that the ref. compressor has not been running. UNPLUG THE UNIT OR CUT THE BREAKER OFF. Remove the shelving from the fresh food section and the cover to the lights and the panel below the lights and lean the back panel forward to access the cold control. You will see 3 wires to the cold control. The green wire is the ground wire of corse. Unplug the other 2 wires remembering their location on the control unit. Take a jumper wire and jump these 2 wires. If when you power the unit up the right side compressor comes on then you know that your fresh food cold control is bad. Replace fresh food cold control.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

  • Contributor
  • 30 Answers

Considering the age of this refrigerator I wouldn't bother with it. But that's just my opinion. First, you have to turn both sections on for it to cool in the refrigerator side. The compressor that cools the freezer also cools the fridge. Second, you haven't mentioned whether or not the fan inside is running. If it is not running then you may have a simple solution. Replace the evaporator fan motor. If the fan runs but no cooling comes out after 20-30 minutes of running then you've got bigger problems. It wouldn't be worth the expense to repair.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya Repairman can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Repairman (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Fridge temperature too hot won't go down with temperature controls


This looks like there is a problem with thermstat in the fridge. We had a fridge that would not cool and we found it to be the thermastat problem. You have to replace the thermstat on the fridge. Not 100% sure but a high possibility.

Mar 23, 2014 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

1 Answer

Fridge works intermittently


Some Of These Fridge Freezers If You Open The Door For The Freezer There Is A Switch Between The Fridge And Freezer Door Mine Done The Same And I Had To Replace That Switch It Turns The Fan On When Door Is Closed And Off When Open

Nov 04, 2013 | Refrigerators

1 Answer

My BEKO AB910 is freezing the food in the bottom two shelves of the fridge section. MY wife commented it was making a louder noise than usual the day before this phemonena started. Any common faults...


My fridge did the same. What I tried, first check the airflow vents to see nothing blocking them. Then I put in a thermometer, as I had increased the temperature dial a month previous. Cold air drops, so the temp was 36-38 F as checked in the morning. I turned down the freezer a tiny bit and upped the refrigerator dial a tiny bit. This corrected the problem for me.

Oct 22, 2013 | Kenmore 64802 Top Freezer Refrigerator

1 Answer

Maytag side by side. Coils froze solid, no cooling in fridge or freezer. Replaced heat coil and thermostat assly., as well as adaptive defrost control (circuit brd.). Still don't seem to be able to...


Hi Rob,

The problem in your case is most probably with the defrost thermostat.

It can be found on the evaporator i.e. freezing coils , it's round disc like with two wires.

If you get this replaced with a new proper working unit ,

Also make sure you replace the defrost timer as well if the problem persists.
Hope this helps ..:)










Jun 24, 2011 | Refrigerators

1 Answer

GE side by side mod 7FX20JR can't read the rest. Quit making ice and freezer side just cold. Fridge side only little cold. Cleaned out freezer-had to throw most food away. unplugged unit. Cleaned out...


Sorry to hear about your problem. Sounds like you have a defrost issue. Hence your unit is not defrosting. All of this apply's if your freezer side has ice on it. If not. you have other issues
Here is a list of some things that can go wrong.
1. Defective heat coil
2. Defective defrost timer
3. Defective defrost sensor
You should call a service company to resolve your issue.

Since I tried to help you, Please help me and Rate/Vote on the response. Thanks

Dec 22, 2010 | GE (PSS26MSRSS) Side by Side Refrigerator

1 Answer

WHIRLPOOL TOP FREEZER ET1WTKXKQ01. NOT COLD ENOUGH & KEEPS RUNNIN


remove the back wall leave the unit to run half hour open and see if coil have frost all the way from the top of the coil to the bottom if the coil is full you have adefrost problem could be your timer defrost thermostart or heater

Mar 31, 2009 | Whirlpool ET1WTKX Top Freezer Refrigerator

1 Answer

I have a 2 year old SMEG FAB 32 Fridge/Freezer and the freezer section has suddenly lost temperature. Upper frdige section is fine but freezer not. I have emptied, kept door shut, turned dial up but no...


I have a 2 year old SMEG FAB 32 Fridge/Freezer and the freezer section has suddenly lost temperature. Upper fridge section is fine but freezer not. I have emptied, kept door shut, turned dial up but no success.

Any suggestions on what the problem might be?

Wouldn't expect problems on a SMEG just 2 years old.


You could have a bad thermostat or the refrigerator could be low on Freon, make sure you clean off the exposed coils on the back of the fridge and underneath to free it from dust and dirt – use some type of a blower for underneath and the coils you can vacuum off or wipe off the coils, if not call a service tech to have a look @ the refrigerator – it might have a bad compressor

Apr 14, 2008 | Refrigerators

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sub-Zero 690 Side by Side Refrigerator Logo

2,271 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sub-Zero Refrigerators Experts

Charles T Nevin
Charles T Nevin

Level 3 Expert

4070 Answers

Sal De

Level 3 Expert

2667 Answers

John Tripp
John Tripp

Level 3 Expert

4655 Answers

Are you a Sub-Zero Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...