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Gladiator freezerator converted to regular frig 5 yrs ago but freezer is not getting cold enough. Also loud banging noise from the compressor during the winter months. thxs Mike

Freezing not getting cold enough and banging noise from compressor.

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  • mikepe Dec 02, 2014

    Thanks the odd thing of the banging is if the garage temp goes below 55 degrees. But definitely I will pull the panel and check for being dirty. Appreciate your help !

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The first thing to investigate is the condenser coils to see if they are clean. If they are caked in dust and lint/dirt then they cannot shed the heat created when the compressor pressurizes the refrigerant gas. This is on the high (pressure) side of the system. the compressor pressurizes the gas and them it is cooled. Then it goes through an expansion valve resulting in the gas expanding and getting cold. this cold gas passes through coils inside the unit absorbing the eat inside and making the inside cold. So if the condenser coils are clogged up and cannot cool the gas then the machine will not work. the gas will return too hat to the compressor and it will be running really hot, perhaps knocking. Use a vacuum cleaner and a brush to remove the dust/dirt. lint etc. clogging the cooling fins and then see if the machine doesn't work better. after 5 years this sounds very likely to be the issue. It is quick and easy to do and costs you nothing. If it is not the problem then at least yu will not be paying a technician by the hour to try it first!

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  • mikepe Dec 02, 2014

    Thanks I will check and clean, but still wondering why the banging happens in the winter when the gargage dips below 50 degrees and not in the summer. Again appreciate your help. !

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