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SAMSUNG RB215LASH fridge coil iceing up

Have a SAMSUNG RB215LASH and the fridge coil ices up to the poin that the fan can cycle air which causes fridge to warm up. I am guessing the defrost cycle isn't working correctly because if I defrost it, it works great for about a week and then happens again. Do I need to replace an entire control board or is there just a defrost controller or something. The thing is only 15 months old or so but Lowe's won't do anything for us because it only had a 1 year. Thanks, Paul

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  • pacdeals Jul 19, 2009

    I can't thanks you enough for the help and information... ok, I had a repairman (he is also a personal friend as well so he came over today,Sunday). He said he wasn't 100% sure what the definate problem is and I told him what you said.... He asked me relay the following information and questions to you to see what you think....he said to say that he "pulled the wire harness off the man PBA (PCB) board and checked continuity thru both the freezer and the refridge defrost wires",,,I believe he said it was "70" or "7" or something to that effect...but anyway, anyway, he said for me to tell you that he had full continuity in both...he said it was check thru not only the heater but also the thermo-fuses..... so he is thinking that this would mean the thermo-fuse and heater for both are good....especially since both the freezer and fridge showed the same reading on his meter and only the fridge is having the ice up problem (but he also said that perhaps the freezer may not ice over the same)...anyway, as I mentioned, he said he is "pretty sure" but not 100% sure so he is hoping you might be able to tell us if his he is correct in his theory or not. I also called and tried to get Lowe's to help since they sold it, but they are washing their hands since it is over 1 year old and are telling me that finding a Samsung serviceman, let alone one that will come where we live, is going to be a "lot of fun"... I did some digging on the internet and I found places where I can buy the PCB board (DA41-00293A) for right around $100 delivered to my door step...I am thinking we should replace it to rule that out 100% and then if still not working we know we have a leg to stand on when arguing with Maytag & Samsung. My repairman friend is saying that if we do have someone from Samsung show up (if we can get that lucky) and it does turn out to be the board and not part of the sealed unit warrenty that they will hit me for a huge service call (we are located in a remote area called Hunter Mountain..it is in the Catskills in Upstate, NY...at least an hour drive for service call oneway). I Would really appreciate your advise on any of this and if you could email the service manual and evap. info you mentioned it might be very helpful for us. My biggest issue is that the fridge in up here in NY and I need to get back to our main home in NC by Aug. 1st and have this thing up and running by then for the tenant we are going to be renting our this home to....Many thanks again, Paul pacdeals@hotmail.com

  • pacdeals Jul 19, 2009

    Just called Samsung...they claim they DO NOT have any type of 5 year warrenty on anything...only the 1 year warrenty. They ran the serial number and said we are out of luck. So back to the question, do we replace the board for $100 or just dump it out the window.

  • pacdeals Jul 19, 2009

    Just called Samsung...they claim they DO NOT have any type of 5 year warrenty on anything...only the 1 year warrenty. They ran the serial number and said we are out of luck. So back to the question, do we replace the board for $100 or just dump it out the window.

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Don't think its a control board. I think you need to see if Samsung has a longer sealed system warranty. I think at this time the repair should fall back on Samsung 5 year sealed system. I can send you the service manual and the evaporator information if you like. The problem is most likely a defrost heater in the fresh food evaporator has become defective. And it cannot be replaced without removal of evaporator and heater together. Some idiot had the idea of weaving the defrost heater into the evaporator coils on your model. The heater is part of the evaporator. Which I would say now is part of the sealed system. I think you need to have a talk with your nearest Maytag service team. Samsung is a division of Maytag and because of the issue of the defrost heater being not replaceable without breaking into the sealed system Maytag may honor your concerns. Sorry I could not bring better news. But feel it's better to let you know. If you need me let me know, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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First of all everyone needs to get off the idea the heater is not replaceable without breaking into the sealed system.. it is infact replaceable and seperate from the evap coil. you will have to order the whole assembly but the you seperate the front coil/heater from the holders and place it on your unit.. i think tiger direct sells the evap assembly and its around 70 dollars..

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I've hde the same problem with my coils freezing up and the warranty is out. I remembered when I was little repair men stating the freezer needs space from the wall in the back and sides so the coils don't freeze up. The instructions say give it I think somewhere in the line of 2-4 inches from the rear wall, but I moved mine about 8-10 inches from the wall and this seems to help keep the coils from freezing up.

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