Question about Samsung RS2630WW Side by Side Refrigerator
Samsung RS21w USA style fridge freezer panel problem. The freezer is too cold and the fridge is showing 19 degrees. The light is working ok in the fridge but it is not getting cold. The panel is showing 'locked' and will not let me lower the temperature to make it cooler. HOW DO I UNLOCK THE PANEL SO THAT I CAN ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE? The only options on the panel are: "VACATION", FRIDGERATOR TEMPERATURE", QUICK FREEZE" & "FREEZER TEMPERATURE".
About two weeks ago, I had what sounds like the very same problem with my RS2545 purchased this past summer at Costco. The refrigerator began freezing everything, even after setting the temp to its maximum (46F if I remember correctly). The solution was to defrost the coils on the backside of the refrigerator comartment (behind the panel as described above) which had become encased in ice! Since there are some sensors within the coil structure that were also insulated with the ice, they could no longer detect temperatures below 32F and, I believe, caused the overall temperature mechanism (for detecting overall refrigerator temperature) to malfunction. The refrigerator has been working fine since then, though now (two weeks later)the freezer seems to be running warmer than it should (maybe in an attempt to defrost itself).
A siezed fan in the refrigerator may have caused the buildup of ice on the coils in the first place, which is also a suspicion. The process of defrosting the coils may have also allowed the fan to defrost as well. What I don't want (or expect) is to have to perform this procedure eveery few months to keep the unit working properly. I now keep a closed container of water in the refrigerator in the hopes of preventing refrigerated items from freezing in the future - as did happen this time!
Posted on Jan 05, 2008
Thank you for your suggestions. Pressing the 2 lower function buttons for 5 secs did unlock the fridge. The fan did make a loud noise but this was intermittent. I've had to call out a repair specialist - it turns out that it was not the fan but the thermometer that had seized up this time round. Now that it has been replaced - everything is back to normal. In the past we have had to replace the fan - seems to be an issue with this type of fridge.
Posted on Sep 24, 2007
If the fridge has been making more noise than usual, like the sound of a plastic fan grating against something then the fan has probably seized up with ice. This will cause the fridge temperature to rise. It is located at the back of the fridge behind a plastic panel at the bottom where the water cooler pipe and bottle are. You need to partially remove this panel just enough to be able to aim a hairdryer down the back of it to defrost the fan.
Posted on Sep 20, 2007
Hold down the 2 lower buttons for 5 seconds to unlock the display panel
Posted on Sep 20, 2007
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