Admiral Model AT17M6W - Temp Control Knob Stuck - Now I Broke It?
Temp control knob for the freezer temp setting (1-9 dial located in refridgerator compartment) seemed like it was stuck. It was set on a lower setting, but things were not freezing like I wanted in the freezer, so I wanted to turn the dial a few numbers higher. It wouldn't turn, so I tried using more strength to turn it, and it made a click sound and started moving freely (more free than normal, but not just "spinning"...and not longer stops when you get to "9", or go back to "1", etc...just keeps going.....now I don't know what setting the freezer is really on. Has this ever happened to anyone, and if so, can I fix it somehow? Or am I going to have to order a part?
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Re: Admiral Model AT17M6W - Temp Control Knob Stuck - Now...
You will have to take the inside panel off the door to get to the back of the switch..Inspect it closely for sharp edges as all should be smooth on the swtiching mechignism.. if its broken remove the out part of the switch and see if you can turn the temp switch inter control shaft either way...if it keeps spinning then you'll have to replace the entire swtich(ording parts) if it doesnt spinn freely then plut the inner pannel back on but with the swtich house off so the dial rod sticks out...Kind of **** but it would work!!! hope this was helpfull:)
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Set dial to higher number in the fresh food compartment (large door) set the freezer knob on the vent stack in the center or to the left (if it is set to colder, this prevents cold air from getting into the lower fresh food compartment). Colder means the freezer gets colder. Also if you have a failed defrost termination thermostat it will cause this symptom on many models. (a lot of folks will disagree but I have only seen a couple of defrost timers fail in 10 years). The water makes its way into the defrost termination thermostat and corrodes the contacts inside. It is behind the freezer panel and has two wires going to it. It is clipped onto a tube. You will need the model and serial from inside the fresh food door (on the side panel) to get a new one, usually less than 20 dollars. Remember to set the fresh food compartment temp from 34 to 39 degrees with a thermometer in a cup of water for 24 hours. Don't forget to unplug unit if service is required on the thermostat. Hope this helps.
If designed as most combination units, one of the two controls influences the temperature directly, the other only determines how much of the generated cold air is allowed to enter the other compartment.
The typical arrangement is that setting the freezer temperature determines how often often the compressor runs; the other diverts a portion of the cold air into the refrigerator side.
Using the common thermometer for cold temperatures (~$5 US), adjust the freezer temperature for 0 to -5 degrees F (the often recommended temp.), then the other control for the desired refrigerator temperature, suggested as 35-45 F. This is the most common practice.
If you cannot balance them the way you want, reverse the procedure, setting for refrigerator temp., then freezer.
You didn't mentioned brand and model of your fridge, so I will give you a general answer.
Usually the controls are in the fridge compartment, either on the right or back upper wall. Usually is one control for the freezer and another for the fridge. The normal settings should be about 1/3 of the dial's range, ie. If dial have 9 numbers, the setting should be between 3 and 4, depending on use and outside temp.
Wait 24 hrs. between adjustments to allow the system to stabilize.
The Freezer Temp. Dial is the main temp. controller, if you set it too low, it may not have time to cool fridge side properly.
Sounds like the airflow balance is off. When you turn the aircontrol to max what you are actually doing is starving the frig compartment of cold air, cold freezer, warmer frig. It is recommended to set both controls to middle and see if it helps the problem.
I have a danby mini fridge and freezer and noticed the same problem. The temperature dial has NO NUMBERS ON IT! it just has a strip that goes from light to dark blue. That's it. I looked in the manual and it doesn't say anywhere which way is colder...it makes sense that the darker the blue the colder the temperature but why keep us guessing?
I just went through this with my refridgerator and actually posted one of the questions. Here is what I found ........
In the freezer compartment behind the panel there is an evaporator fan which pulls cold air from the freezer and pushes it up into the refrridgerator compartment. If the fan is not working it is one of three things.. 1) there is so much frost in the fan area the fan blade is stopped and cannot push the cold air into the refridgerator compartment or the air channel is blocked. 2) there is no electricity going to the fan (usually tied to the door switch of the refirdgerator compartment, and 3) the motor is dead and will have to be replaced.
Solution to #1 - defrost but there is another problem in the "frost-free" part of the system which must be addressed or the frost will return and it will happen again in the future.
Solution #2 - check to see there is power to the fan. (most are 110VAC but some are 100VDC. Use a meter and check)
Solution #3 - If there is power, the motor is dead. Replace the motor. Be aware that AC and DC motors are different and replace per manufacture's specifications.
Generally the freezer temp is the REAL temp of the unit. Fans, dampers and manual control levers let some of that cold freezer air into the refer compartment to cool it. Check your owners manual for damper operations if you have one. If you have a refer temp control all that does is control a damper to let the cold freezer air into the compartment. Also make sure you don't block off any of those vents in the refer or freezer compartment or bad air circulation can occur.