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Freezer doesn't freeze

Yesterday I opened my freezer and found that everything had thawed out. There was a small film of ice on the back wall, about halfway down. I've now left it off for 24 hours (with the door open), and drained water from the back area near the motor. I've just briefly turned it on and the motor runs, and I feel cool air being pumped around the inside. Before I turn it on a try a full scale test, is there anything that maybe should be checked / replaced? Note that it has always been extremely noisy when the fluid is circulating through the pipes.

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  • gis_mapper Dec 15, 2007

    Note the freezer is a Fisher and Paykel N388 Vertical Freezer

  • gis_mapper Dec 16, 2007

    I've now run the freezer for a half hour, with the interior back panel off (exposing the cooling tubes). Frost is forming and so the system seems to be working again.
    Was it just a case that it needed to be defrosted, even though it is supposed to be a frost-free freezer? If so, if there some component that I could test or should replace?

  • gis_mapper Dec 16, 2007

    Many thanks for that. I suspected that it would be something to do with the defrost system ... having the parts manual will make it that much easier to pinpoint the problem!

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    Dennis Burns Apr 24, 2009

    Found everything was starting to thaw out. Unplugged freezer then plugged back in. Compressor continued to run and cool air was coming out of top vent. Put a thermometer in freezer and let it run overnight. Temp with all the mostly frozen food was only 30 degree F. Emptied freezer except for some thawed bread. Let it run all day and temp is about 35 degree F. Could the defrost sensor be bad.




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It could be that something in the defrost system is faulty. in the compressor area find your defrost timer, using a flat tip screwdriver advance the timer until you hear aloud audible click and the freezer shuts off. now wait a minute or two and feel for heat at the heater (careful it gets red hot) if the heater is on the timer is bad, if no heat you will need to check for continuity on the def thermostat and defrost heater to determine which is bad (most likely it will be the thermostat.)

i found this parts breakdown

that should help.

the def thermostat is item #11 on the evaporator and components page 9 and 10

good luck

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