Bought a chescold finch 3 way fridge but no instructions - help
Just bought a chescold finch 3 way fridge but no instruction manual. It has 2 dials the top one has max, min and a gas flame. The bottom one has numbers o to 7 with a lightening strike between 0 and 1.
Then there is the lighter to light the gas. Can anyone explain how the dials work?
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Re: bought a chescold finch 3 way fridge but no...
The max/min gas flame is for adjustment of temperature when using the fridge on gas. The next one with 0 to 7 is possibly the electrical thermostat. I am not familiar with this exact model. One of the dials will be able to be pressed in. The idea is to press and hold this button in for about a count of five, then push the lighter strike. You will hear a click noise which is when a spark is delivered to the burner area. Some fridges have a small window or guage which shows if the flame has lit. You may have to look down the chimney. You keep holding the press button down after having depressed the lighter strike button for about five seconds. This allows gas to flow to the burner while the thermocouple heats up. Once the thermocouple (which is a small copper probe sticking almost into the flame) heats up, it will keep the gas valve open and if you then release the button, the flame will continue burning. The idea is that if the flame were to blow out, the thermocouple would cool and in turn act as a safety by shutting off the gas supply. Hope this is enough info.
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If the gas is not passing the press down valve your valve is faulty and should be replaced you should also replace the thermo coupler which goes down to sense the flame in case the flame goes out it shuts off the gas. You should not attempt to replace this valve yourself and should get a qualified gas engineer.
To be honest it sounds to me like your fridge may be ok?
To extract the heat from within the fridge interior a compressor (motorised pump) moves gas around a series of pipes around the cabinets insides. This movement of gas causes heat to be picked up and taken away externally to the outside world. When the fridge temperature reaches a predetermined level (around 5C) the compressor shuts down and all is quite. The sound of running water you hear is the coolant gas changing state from gas to liquid and running through the coolant pipes. If the fridge is doing it's job and keeping the content cool then I wouldn't worry. One of the reasons you are probably noticing this sound is because it is a table top fridge. Built in fridges make the same noises but you don't really hear them so much because of the cupboards screening the sound.
If this was my fridge
1 I would give it a soft kick with my right foot/ your left
2 nothing happens
3 empty the fridge
4 push the off switch
5 should the unbeliveable happen that the frozen part would start to melt
6 then I put some boiling water in a wash basin in the fridge and a few towels on the floor-we don´t want water on the floor, do we?
7 when all the "frozen places" have disapperaed .
8 clean the fridge´s insides
9 push the on button and close the door properly
10 wait for 30 min open again and see if the places that are supposed to be frozen arn´t frozen
11 if they are put the good things back into the fridge
12 and have a good cup of coffee
Two reasons for not cooling
1 The gas has leaked out. You have to request the technician to check the same.
2 Thermostat switch/dial is not put on cool. Put it on the max cool or the highest number if numbered
I turned the fridge and freezer off using the circular dials, I then turned the unit off at the mains. Left it for a few minutes and then turned the power back on. I then turned the circular dials to "max" and then depressed the super cool and super freeze buttons to turn this facility on. This time they came on normally (not flashing) and no alarm sounded. The fridge and freezer then started to get cold. Once the unit had been running for several hours I then turned the dials to the 3/4 mark and depressed the super cool and super freeze buttons again to turn them off. Over night the fridge and the freezer appear to be working properly so I hope that my problem is solved. Maybe the unit just needed to "settle" before being switched on?
The hinges at the top and bottom have screws. These may be hidden under a plastic cover which can be pried off. The water and wiring, will have disconnects at the bottom of door. Take the top ones off and lift the door up.