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Viking Pro VCBB36 -warming up + alarm

After twice hitting the max button on both freezer and fridge in the span of 15 hours, the fridge is at 45F, and the in the freezer ice is not solid -slushhy.

Genesis: the heat alarm came on . It has done this before, and I have just silenced it. Sometimes, good for an hour, some times for months.

This time, it came on twice in 30 minutes, so I kept my finger on the alarm off button longer. I got three beeps. It really warmed up, and I checked the manual and realized I had put it in demo mode. Fridge temp 63F

I could not undo the demo mode, so I unplugged, waited 2 minutes, and plugged back in.

Next: hit max buttons for both fridge and freezer. After 12 hours, fridge temp is 45F, still a few degrees warmer than it should be at the lowest setting. Freezer still slushy a bit.

Background: we moved the fridge once in the last 6 months. It was tilted about 20 degrees at the top for about 2-3 minutes. Then reinstalled professionally. It just has never been as cold as it was before the move. It used to freeze the food in the fridge if the setting was set at maximum.

Any help will be appreciated as in my neck of the woods, a visit is $1o0, and minimum charges north of $250

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  • Afortiori Apr 23, 2009

    I fixed it myself. Almost. After reading at length about tricks to get this fridge to cool, it was clear I had to call a repair specialist.

    It took the repairman 5 minutes to figure it out. He said he is 95% sure it is the condenser fan motor that is blown, and if not then it is the circuit board. Cost: $600 installed, or $750 if it is the circuit.

    As this company was the only one available for the next three days and ours is a family with kids and high fridge use, I told him to begin.

    What the repair guy did:

    * open the vent on the top, and removed all the electronics, including the buttons which appear in the inside of the fridge
    * remove other hardware behind the vent
    * remove the condenser assembly
    * put the condenser assembly on the ground (it was very hot) and removed the motor behind the fan
    * install a new motor
    * connect everything and put it all back together
    * charge $600

    It took him 1:45.

    The fridge noise is slightly deeper. I guess this fan has been broken for some time (bought home with appliance it in last year). The cooling pump has had to work extra hard to keep the fridge cool with the benefit of a blowing fan.


    Temperature reads 39F with two more levels to go to lowest temperature setting.

    Ice maker began working again, and everything is rock hard solid in the freezer.

    Before the fridge seemed to be running 23/24 hours a day, now there are periods of quiet.

    Having read so many bad things about these refrigerators I asked the guy if this problem was common. And his response was these break with no less frequency than other makers. It is just that people who pay more have a lower tolerance for mechanical breakdowns, and you are hearing the complaints.

    Non-existent. Clueless service staff answer the phone. They look up from the same database of service companies their web page has, and in my case many did not serve my neighborhood.

    open the vent on the top, and look to see if the big fan is turning. If not, that may be your problem.

    Last, one of the kinder technicians who was not available for another five days told me over the phone to check the vent behind the drawers in the bottom of the fridge and see if it had iced up, or if I could see shiny metal. He said, at times when these frost up, you lose power. That was not the case with mine.

    Good luck everyone.



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Over the past several years my heat alarm would come on, first time I called a PROFESSIONALLY, he told me to unplug for 24HOURS, than start it. The solution worked for two years, just happened again, unplugged it for 24 hours, and it seems fine. My guess it must need to defrost. Good luck!

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