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My refrig. normally maintains 34-35 degrees. it is pushing 40 degrees - i cleaned the coils and noticed that the fan is not running. does this mean that the fan is bad, or could there be another problem?

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  • marlin1974 Jun 29, 2009

    temp is pushing 40 degrees and fan is not running. couldn't this be something other than a bad compressor?

  • marlin1974 Jun 29, 2009

    as i was asking for advice, the fan kicked on and the temperature has dropped .6 degrees. my gut tells me that there is nothing wrong with the compressor.
    advise please

  • marlin1974 Jun 29, 2009

    I appreciate the time you took to answer my concerns, and I do accept your solution and advice, unlike the other "so-called" tech (Kamal1984) who, in less than 25 words, was posaitive that the compressor was low or bad. To me, this was obviously a person who was more interested in spending my money than taking the time to fix the problem. Again, I thank you and recommend that Kamal1984 be removed from the tech. list.

  • marlin1974 Jun 29, 2009

    thanks mgprice for taking the time to help me.

    Kamal1984 appeared not to care or lacks necessary knowledge.

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Hello, your condenser fan does not normally run all the time and would not effect the running of your refridge it's primary function is to evaporate the water in the defrost tray and keep the compressor cool...Your problem is going to be 1 of 3 things...1st thing to do is remove the panel at the back of the freezer compartment...does your evaporator look like an ice block? if so melt the ice and check the defrost heater, If defrost heater bad replace it if working replace defrost thermostat. If the ice build up is not too bad check the evaporator fan, if it is fixed to the panel in the freezer conpartment take the screws of lean it forward to where you can see the fan and take a look over the period of a half hour..if it does not turn on in this time replace it. basically your problem is your refridge not getting cold air either because the evaporator is a block of ice and there in no airflow or your evaporator fan is not running. Hope this helps, if you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to comment again. Good luck!

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    Mike Price Jun 29, 2009

    As previously stated the tepm problem is not going to be with the condenser fan, if temp iis dropping leave alone and check in a couple hours..if temp still does not drop to desierd temp the check the parts in my previous solution :) good luck

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    Mike Price Jun 29, 2009

    If you are not happy with another tech's diagnosis you are able to rate his and my solutions with the little hand widgets below...people who recieve bad ratings do not last on here and are taken off the expert list. from the diagnosis he gave you he has no experiance in this field...sorry you had problems :)

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You need to repair your compressor or change it.

check gas in comperessor is not empty.

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    kishor Jun 29, 2009

    It should be compressor problem.
    There is no issue with other .


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