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Refrigerator not keeping cold. Shut off and starts and gets cold then stops. Rear drain tube clear, rear fan clear and operating. No pet hair clogging rear. Understand 1 or 2 more fans and several boards inside. Led lights on front fridge come and go off. so, hired so called Samsung certified repairman. He said it was a board and replaced it. Worked for 1 day then stopped cooling again. Called him back and brought friend with him who he claimed had a Samsung diagonostic meter to determine what was acually wrong and which board was out this time, if any. All he had when out the second time was an o meter, which anyone knows how to use. Now repairman, whom we paid nearly $250 to says its the fan not blowing inside freezer air from the bottom freezer to the upper food compartment. I have been without a fridgertor since July 2, 2009. Repairman left no loaner. Said had ordered fan from Samsung and still waiting for Fan to come in. Been 10 days or more. Didn't offer to call samsung again and said when fan comes in will call me. Appears something not right. I dont think samsung sells parts directly, so think hes is lieing to me. Also, the board he took out has a test switch/button and he had no electric meter and he never reset the test button, so I am thinking he is incompetent and doesn't know what he is doing and certainly not Samsung Certified. So How do I fix this fridgerator? What should I do. On fixed income, he cashed my check 3 weeks ago and doesn't seem particualy concerned. Help! I think he replaced a board as follows: #DA41-00128D, a PBA Main/Main PCP . My price on internet is $53.71 plus $7 shipping, so made pretty good money off of me and my wife. Our address is 6408 Lago Vista Dr Fort Worth, Tx 76132 and ph# 817 689 0383 cell. Ask for Jim. Any real Samsung Techs close by that know what they are doing? Hi

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  • jakcpa4 Jul 18, 2009

    You are saying the same thing the present repairman has said, that the fan in not working in the freezer?, which I would think from what you said, starts blowing when receives signal from main pc board that freezer has reached temp say 5 degrees or the temp setting, then the fan kicks on and blows air intermittently to regulate both temps in freezer and food compartment.

    I understand from another tech and from just plain common sense one can check if condensor fan in the freezer is working by holding palm of hand against vents leading from the freezer to the food compartment, that is how I think the present repairman checked 3rd time he was out with his helper that had a o meter, but I wasn't there, so maybe never used the meter. Not too scientific using the hand to determine if problem with fan or with some other part, but if fan keeps running then stopping, seems like problem may not the fan but the temp switch/thermstat as you suggest.

    I dont know anything about the temperature sensor/switch or what you call a condensor fan thermostat, but that seems more likely to be the problem to me as the fan runs when unplugged and plugged in again, reaches operating temps, then gets warm again and stops blowing.

    I dont think a fan would run then overheat, then run again, so the temp sensor/switch,thermostat would seem most likely to be the problem, and maybe didnt even need tor replace the main PCB board.

    Is there a shut off switch on the fan if the fan overheats?

    I understand that there is a safety shut off switch on the compressor when it over heats, that makes sense, since very expensive to replace a compressor and runs warm anyways, and would cost way too much to replace. I know on A/C units have safety/reset switch and on cars too, when free-on too low or pressure gets to high (blockage or overcharged, or evaporator or condesor clogged).

    Where is the temp switch/thermostat located, how to get to it? How can this be checked, with a meter, just in case the repairman doesn't know? . I will take your advice and advise the repairman to check out the temp control that sends a signal to the main board that in turn sends a signal to the condenor fan in the freezer section when to start and when to stop to regulate the freezer and food compartment temperatures according to the settings!

    I hope Im saying all this the right way. I just dont want the repairman to come out a 5th or 6th time and take another 2-3 weeks to fix without a backup fridge.

    Thanks!


  • jakcpa4 Jul 21, 2009

    THE REPAIRMAN STILL HASNT BROUGHT OUT A REPLACEMENT CONDENSOR FAN THAT HE ALLEGED IS OUT ALSO, AFTER HE ALLEGED THE BOARD WAS OUT AND CHARGED US FOR A NEW BOARD. SO NOW THAT NOTHING HAD CHANGED, OUT OVER $200 WELL JUST HAVE TO SEE IF THE FAN IS BAD WHENEVER HE SHOWS UP, BEEN 2 WEEKS AGO WHEN HE ORDERED THE FAN. STILL NO FAN HE ALLEGED HE HAS NOT RECEIVED IT FROM SAMSUNG. MAKES US WONDER IF HE IS JUST A PARTS REPLACER AND JUST KEEPS REPLACING AND CHARGING FOR PARTS UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS RESOLVED. WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAYS WHEN AND IF HE EVER SHOWS UP AGAIN WITH THE FAN. MY GUESS IS THAT HE NEVER ORDERED THE FAN, IS A USED APPLIANCE SALESMAN/REPAIRMAN, AND HAS LITTLE EXPERIENCE AND NO TRAINING OR TRAINING MANUALS AND DIDNT EVEN OWN A O METER, HAD TO BRING FRIEND OUT WITH ONE A SECOND TIME TO PINPOINT THE FAN AS NOT WORKING. NOTHING CHANGED SINCE HE REPLACED THE BOARD, SO MAKES ONE WONDER IF THE BOARD NEEDEED REPLACING AT ALL AND JUST BEING UP CHARGED FOR MORE PARTS UNTIL HIS BILL GET TO THE $500-$600 RANGE, NEARLY THE PRICE OF THE ENTIRE FRIGERATOR!. WILL KEEP YOU POSTED. THANKS I WILL MENTION THE THEROMOSTAT AS POSSIBLY THE ONLY THING WRONG IF THE UNIT STILL DOES NOT COOL PROPERLY WITH A NEW BOARD AND FAN. WHAT ELSE COULD IT BE? REMEMBER THE UNIT WOULD COOL DOWN, BOTH FREEZER AND FOOD COMPARTMENT THEN NEXT DAY WOULD COOL ANY LONGER WITH SOME Led LIGHTS NOT WORKING. UNPLUG IT FOR 2R HOURS GIVNG ANY ICE THAT BUILT UP TO MELT AND REPLUGGING IN DID THE SAME THING BEFORE AND AFTER THE BOARD REPLACED, SO THINKING MAYBE IS ONLY THEROMSTAT STICKING AND WAS NEVER A NEED TO REPLACE THE BOARD OR THE FAN. WELL SEE. THAN YOU!

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Check the fan in the freezer and see if its on if its not replace the condenser fan and you be all good. This happend to me as well and this is all I had to do. Check the thermstat as well if your fan is working it may be going off to soon.


Thanks

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    Grand Canyon Tech Jul 18, 2009

    I understnad your fustration the temp switch should be where you select you temp you want. The fan will not overeat whver told you this is ridiculas the motor will go out but overheat oh geez who told you this? If the condenser fan stops without the termistat that means the motor is going out. I am sorry but these type of motors go out not overheat! They would oly overheat if you put the wroung voltage to them even in that it still would spin faster then it should and give out sooner.



    I kind of chuckled at the overheating statment as only a gas motor without water would overheat. A eletric motor would spin faster yes and its magnets would give out sooner YES but overheating no.





    The thermstate is and should be where you select you temp in your unit. Please do accept if you accepted the solution thanks



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