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Fan that cools the condenser does not come on untill i give it a small push

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    Raymond Ramirez May 11, 2010

    If the motor then turns to top speed after you turn it by hand then the motor is not bad. there should be a starting capasitor somewhere in line with fan. the capasitor acts as a starter for the fan by storing power then releasing at a certain amperage to push the fan on. Do you see this. You maybe able to take this to radioshack or purchase this online



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You will need to replace the motor. It is going bad new fan is about 125 bucks takes about 2 hours to replace unless you have the right tools then about 45 minutes. Be sure to pull the safety disconnect on the side of the house before attempting to replace. Be sure to make note of wiring. Can cut off the wires and leave in place then just wire nut new wiring to old. You will have 3 wires and 2 wires for the direction of rotation. Need anymore help just get to me ken

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Why does it run continually?

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Feb 18, 2016 | Freezers

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I have a side by side stainless GE Profile model number PSS26NSTC. SS it goes into defrost and stays the fridge side sometimes gets as high as 60 and the freezer side as high as 40. What the heck am

Hello Joyce:
My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.
A unit will go into the defrost mode every 8-10 hours for about 20 minutes.
Your unit is not is not get rid of the heat. You do not have a separate defrost timer. Your defrost cycle is controlled by the main control board in the lower back of your unit.
Since you are maintain a 40 degree temperature I suspect your condenser fan is bad. This is the highest probability. Unplug you unit. Pull it out far enough for you to get behind it. Remove the bottom cover. To the far right you will see a round canister (it looks like a big filter). The is your cooling condenser. Over time they get plugged with dust or animal hair. This needs to be cleaned with a small brush. It is hard to give them a good cleaning. Do the best that you can. To the right of the cool condenser is a motor and fan assembly. I suspect the fan is not running or is sticking. First, clean this area. Turn the fan blade by hand. Plug the unit in to check if the fan runs. If it runs - allow your unit to cool. to see if this is the problem.
Ok, the fan is not running at all. Take a small household fan. Plug it in and direct the air flow at the cooling condenser.
Note: A dirty cooling condenser can drop can affect your cooling by as much as 40 degreed F.
If this is not the problem, get back to me and we will go into the other probabilities.
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Why Refrigerator does not cool?

condenser fan must run if it is to cool. does compressor run but not fan. fan need to be replaced ... will not cool until it is fixed.

Aug 26, 2014 | KitchenAid Refrigerators

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Double door fridge freezer not cooling down heating the panel between the doors

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly
The symptom you describes it that of a condenser fan not running. Open the fiberboard panel in the back of the unit and check for substantial lint build up on the condenser coils and fan. Clean it thoroughly. If the compressor is running the condenser fan is supposed to be running. You can push gently the fan blades to see if it is trying to turn....

Once your done cleaning... if you can not get the fan going.. use an external fan directed at the rear bottom of the refrigerator until you can get a new fan. All the external fan is doing is removing the heat... that the fail fan can not.

The noted hot area between the doors should just be warm to the touch once the condenser coils are bing cooled properly.

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Air conditioning not too cold ??

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Let me explain in layman's terms how the air conditioning (AC) system works and what could be happening to your car.

Like your body, the air conditioning compressor is the heart of the AC system, and Freon is the blood. The compressor pumps Freon throughout the AC system, either the older type R12 which costs as much as gold it seems these days, or the new environmentally-friendly R134A Freon. This Freon is a gas and liquid combination that is compressed and circulated throughout the air conditioning system. The compressed Freon is pushed through the system under pressure and is passed through different sized metal and rubber hoses and a special valve called an expansion valve that cause the gas to expand and contract.

This expansion and contraction makes the Freon gas very cold. This cold gas makes its way via metal lines into the dash area of your vehicle to the evaporator core. This evaporator core is like a small radiator, except it has cold Freon circulating inside and not hot antifreeze. A small fan (the AC blower fan which you control from the control panel on the dash) sits in front of the evaporator core and blows air across this cold evaporator and then through the vents inside your vehicle.

The other objective of the air conditioning system is to remove the heat from inside the cab of the vehicle. This heat is removed by the Freon with the help of the AC condenser located at the front of the car (usually in front of the radiator). The Freon coming back from the evaporator carries the heat from the cab to the condenser via rubber and metal hoses. Just like your radiator, the condenser is lightweight aluminum with many internal winding coils.
The Freon travels through these coils, and in between these coils are small slits or fins that the Freon is forced through. The condenser will have an electric cooling fan mounted in front or behind it to push or pull air through these fins to remove the heat from the Freon. Some vehicles still use the old fashioned fan blade driven by the engine to pull air across the radiator and the condenser.
Now I know that is just a tidbit of information on how the air conditioning system works, and it is very general, but I wanted you to know what to look for to give you insight as to what might be happening with your vehicle.
A few causes of low cooling efficiency or no cooling at all at idle are:

Lack of air flow across the condenser. Make sure the electric cooling fan motor near the condenser is coming on, or in models that are equipped with a fan blade make sure this fan is turning and is turning very fast.

Low Freon levels. Freon level and pressure should be checked by your certified air conditioning mechanic.

Overheating. If the engine is running hot or overheating, it can have a noticeable negative affect on the air conditioning system. Some cars have two electric cooling fans, one for the air conditioning condenser and the other for the radiator. Make sure they are both working properly. Usually at idle on a hot day with the AC on both fans will be on.

When the vehicle is traveling at freeway speeds, the compressor is pumping the Freon throughout the system much faster and harder than at idle. There is a dramatic increase in air flow across the condenser due to 55 mph winds, and the engine is usually operating at a cooler, more efficient temperature as well, thus allowing the air conditioning system to operate efficiently.
Note: An air conditioning system that is somewhat low on Freon can still feel comfortable at freeway speeds due to the added air flow across the condenser which can overcome the ill effects of slightly low Freon. Periodic air conditioning performance checks by your mechanic are the best way to keep the system in great shape.

Hope this helps.


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My ac in my dodge truck only works when I am driving, but when I come to a stop it will stop blowing?

Stop blowing cool or stop blowing anr air through the vents??? If it stops blowing cool air, check if the condenser fan is running (it should be)( on drivers side under hood, looks like a small radiator) if not take a water hose and deluge the condenser with water, if it then cools, you will need a new condenser fan assembly.

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After repairing the fan on the cooling system our 2002 Nissan Xterra air conditioner blows warm air until hitting the highway and then it will cool off. There was no problem with the air until the repair

Need to make sure the fan is acually running with ac on.If so see if the fan is pulling air,or pushing air.Is the fan on the out side of condenser or inside?The fan ,if on the inside of condenser(engine side)it should pull air.If it is on the out side of the condenser it should push air.If all this checks out,then see if the fan is running slow,it should run very fast.Is there another fan?Is it working?It to should be running with ac on.

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Stopped cooling and freezing

check that the condenser fan is working and condenser is clean.. check that the evaporator fan is working may have to push switch in to make it run. if ice is visible behind rear freezerwall you do have a defrost problem find defrost timer and with a flat head screwdriver turn it until you hear a click and everthing shuts down. if yoou hear ice cracking you have a bad defrost timer(very common failure)you may have problem in the defrost heater but you might find that a little over your head and a repairman might be the cheapest way to go, because buying parts can be expensive and they are not returnable

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the inreasion of heat is normal if you recently add food to froze.Let it work for some hours without open it and check it again

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