Admiral model LFT2112ARW freezer-on-top refrigerator: The refrig compartment stays just below room temp. The freezer accumulates ice. The unit is in the garage, in a non-air-conditioned space. Clearly not enough air is getting from the freezer into the refrigerator compartment, but when I clear the ice, it still has the same problem. The unit runs all the time trying to get cold. Could this be a problem with the unit never going into defrost mode? One guy told me to leave the freezer door open, especially in hot humid weather, to temporarily fix the problem, but that does not seem to work. Should I check the defrost timer or what?
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Re: Admiral model LFT2112ARW freezeron-top
The defrost cycle (controlled by the defrost timer) is not working correctly. Also make sure the condenser coils are clean.There is a defrost timer unit that you will need. Go to repairclinc.com and put the model number in and it will pull up all the parts. Your model doesn't pull up that machine, but hit 'Admiral parts' and then look through the parts that come up.
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the damper vent door fan that blows the cold air from the freezer into the refrige compartment is bad,these are known to go bad a lot of the time,you need to buy the whole damper vent door/motor together
Most likely one or both of the thermistors are bad. Usually pretty easy to find behind a vented cover about 2" X 1" on the side walls of the refrigerator and the top of freezer (if freezer is on the bottom of the unit)
check the damper door between the refrige and freezer compartments,its behind a plastic cover,if its iced up in the fully open condition it will allow too much cold air into the refrige,if this is the case defrost it with a hair dryer and recheck operation,otherwise the temp control in the refrige is bad
He is correct. The temp in the refrig controls how often and for how long the refrig runs. Lets say the temp in your garage is 34 degrees, and you have your refrig set to 36 degrees: The refrig will never run, the fresh foods section will cool to 34, and the freezer will warm to 34. Even if the temp is 45 in the garage and you set the fresh foods to be 33, the refrig will not need to run long enough and often enough to keep the freezer temp cold enough. You will most likely need to have the ambient room temp at least 55 degrees to get satisfactory refrigerator performance. Insulating the refrig will not help. (by the way, outdoor beverage vending machines use an internal heater in cold weather to prevent liquid beverages inside from freezing,..... so using that info, you could put a low wattage heater in your refrig to make your refrig run enough to make the freezer section work. The %&#* with that, just move it into the house!)
CHECK THE FREEZER FAN MAKE SURE ITS RUNNING AND IF THE BACK WALL OF THE FREEZER IS FROSTED UP YOU HAVE A DEFROST PROBLEM. I ONCE FOUND SOMETHING FELL BEHIND THE BASKET SO THE DOOR DIDNT SHUT ALL THE WAY, CHECK THIS AS WELL
Check the defrost heater, timer and t-stat. You should probably let it thaw out completely for at least a full two days to thaw out all the ice. Then check the parts. Look at the heater to make sure it's not broken or burned out. When you decide which parts you need, please give us a call and we will send the right part to you. Hope this solves your problem and we hope to hear back from you soon.
Move the refrigerator to a room that is at least 50 degrees F.
Temps on most refrigerators are regulated by the fresh foods temp. If your garage is let's say 35 degrees, the fresh foods temp will most likely never raise enough to turn the refrigerator on. With the refrigerator never running, the freezer compartment will warm to 35 degrees, resulting in everything melting. Even if garage is a bit warmer, say 45, the refrig will not run long enough for the freezer to maintain a low enough temperture. If the garage temp falls to below freezing, say 20 degrees, the food in the fresh foods compartment will freeze. (outdoor beverage dispensers have internal heaters to prevent product from freezing !) Please don't rate this if not a Fix-Ya for you, as anything else lowers my score.
Unless specifically made for use in a garage most units won't work properly. The owners manual should say what the temp range for proper operation is (usually 55F is the low range). This is because the refrigerator section doesn't need to be "cooling" to maintain 37F if the temps on the outside are below 55F. These things are made to work in a 70F room and will not work properly if under 55F. Stupid thing thinks it's cold enough so it will never turn on, the refer section will stay cold/cool due to outside temps but since the compressor never runs the freezer will just be the same temp as the refer section (at best). Sorry, but in order for a freezer or refrigerator to work in an unheated space it must have the temp control device controling the freezer section NOT the fresh food section. In other words, that model will not work in a garage unless the temps are above 55F always.