Freezer about 10 -15 deg frig is around 50 i unpluged it
for 2 days pluged back in same thing . I took off back cover to the
evaporator there was some ice but the fan wasn't running shouldn't it
be ?Is this my problem?
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Modern consumer refrigerators only have coils in the freezer. In the lower back of the freezer there is a small fan and possible a damper (flap that opens/closes) to push cold air from the freezer to the refrigerator. Given that the freezer is 18 deg, it's probably cold enough to keep the fridge area at typically 34 deg.
So the cooling system (compressor, coils, thermostat) are not working properly to keep the freezer at, typically 0 deg. Possible causes: partial loss of refrigerant gas, icing around evaporator coils (in freezer), compressor failing, dust clogging condenser coils (under fridge), condenser fan clogged or broken (under fridge), thermostat failure.
I'd start with condenser. Remove the slotted trim at the bottom front and look in with a flashlight. Are the coils clean? Pull out the fridge and remove the lower back cover (usually cardboard). You can now see the coils and fan. Clean and blow them out.
If it's icing, it probably means freezer door not closing tight. If auto-defrost not working properly it would probably get worse over the period of a few days so not likely.
Your defroster inside the fridge may not be doing a good enough job to keep the drain from freezing up. Check to see if the drain pan is frozen over in the freezer section. I took the cover off the inside of the freezer and wrapped a piece of uninsulated 14 gauge solid copper wire around the heating element and pushed one end down the inside of the drain tube and wrapped the other end around the heating element. No problems since.
you may have a defrost problem, check for frost in freezer, back wall, or pull off rear panel and check evaporator, it should have some frost on coils, if frozen all around evaporator, check glass element at bottom of evaporator, should have blue and pink wire going to element
Same thing with our GE Eterna Series - off and on for the last two weeks. Took back panel off, looked around, vacuumed dust build up off of the fan blades, etc.; everything worked fine for five good days. Then frig went out stopped cooling. Off and on for the last week. Unplugging it works for a day then back to not freezing and or colling.
You'll need to get in touch with the store you bought it from but Cut everything off for a few minutes then turn it back on and listen for a click from the compressor relay as the compressor tries to start. Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload relay. Check to see if the condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no check fan.
Are the condenser coils near there warm or room temp. should be warm
Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running. It blows cold air into the fridge side through a damper in the wall between the freezer and fridge. Make sure the damper is open.
Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL) or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR PROBLEM).
I had the vacuum condenser message on my sub zero for about five years. I vacuumed it every six months (as per the owners manual) and the message would go out for about a day and then come back. I figured it was just a bad code.
Recently, my frigerator temp went from the normal 38 to 40 deg F to about 53 to 55 deg F. My freezer temperature was normal (0 deg to -2 deg F). My unit is under warranty (parts only) -- Model 560 -- so I called an authorized service company. They found that my evaporator coil was bad and replaced. I had to pay for labor and freon so my bill was about $300.
Since then -- my warning message is gone and my frig temp is at 38 deg F. Constant. No waivering.
So - for those of you with a Sub Zero with a wandering frig temp and with the "vacuum condenser" message on all the time -- I am suggesting that you get service out to look at it immedately. More than likely -- you have a freon leak and the frig cooling is insufficient leading to the error message ("vacuum condenser"). I am guessing that my frig was running all the time leading to a higher electric bill (potentially -- an extra $10 - $15/month * 12 months * 5 years of owning the house = $600 - $900 of money thrown out the window.
Hi, Are you unplugging the big black hard wire that goes under the evaporator coil in the freezer. If so, that is the defrost heater and it has gone bad. Please let me know if I can explain anything further.
If the fan above the evaporator coils in back of the cover isn't running then no cold air will be blown up to the fridge area. That's a common failure item and very easy to replace yourself.
And by the way... $200 bucks and 2 weeks out is about normal these days believe it or not. It's what we would charge ya! :)
At least you did the troubleshooting and saved yourself a couple hundred bucks.