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Continuing fridge problems

I appreciate your prior responses regarding my less-than four-year-old Haier refrigerator problem. They were very good answers, unfortunately I do not seem to have gotten to the root of the problem as of yet.

It started with the refrigerator warming, and you correctly led me to the fan behind the freezer wall stopping because of frosting. While the fridge and freezer are at acceptable temperatures at the moment because you helped show me what to look for, the frosting problem seems worse than ever.

The defrost circuit appears to be operating fine on its own (though it could have been stuck before as I did manually move it), with it turning on every ten hours, warming, melting, and then turing off, and yet within a very short period of time after that a good deal of frost/ice forms within the air louvers of the freezer that I need to constantly clean out, on the freezer coils and the back wall of the freezer, and elswhere in the freezer. The fan occasionally stops again but I can get it started with a little helping push. I am stumped.

Although the fridge and freezer are not abnormally cold, I am not sure if the compressor is turning off at all in between defrost cycles. I just turned the thermostat to its lowest level for a quick test and the compressor remained running, but I do not know if that signifies anything or whether that could be connected to the seeming abnormal amount of moisture and quick frosting once the defrost cycle is completed (it is the middle of winter here, very dry). The doors are sealing just fine.

One thing I inadvertently did when recently removing the freezer door was to lay it on its back with a puddle of water in it, not thinking anything of it at the time. Well a fair amount of moisture got into the door insulation through little pin holes that I could barely see. I know I did not get it all out after discovering the problem and I do not see a way to easily take that door apart and dry it out more thoroughly. I am somewhat skeptical as to whether this could be causing or contributing to my problem, especially since the problem seemed to start before I had that door off, but I just do not know.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I thank you very much.



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  • kostuj Feb 19, 2008

    I just tried lowering the thermostat again and this time the compressor did turn off, so it appears that could not be the cause of the problem. Thank you again.

  • kostuj Mar 12, 2008

    I thank everyone for their comments, and you surely saved me from a service call.



    I kept an eye on the problem for a while, and I still kept getting a great deal of frost/ice build-up in the freezer louvers, with the condensor fan quitting on occasion. Though I was not confident that a weak condensor fan could cause such symptoms, I had my eye on that part the most, and when I felt it binding when turning the power off and moving it manually I took the chance and purchased a new fan. The new one is circulating at seemingly five times the speed of the old one and the frosting has disappeared. Upon removing the old motor and checking it out further, it was very bad and stopped almost as soon as I spun it.



    I thank you again, as I have my refrigerator back (at least for the time being) at the least amount of cost solely because of your help. Even so, at $50 for the new motor after less than four years, I now wish I would have put that money toward a better model/brand of refrigerator at the start. My particular Haier is put together like the Johnny Cash song "One Piece at a Time." But who knows, maybe it will go twenty years now. I appreciate everyone's comments.

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Your freezer is probably not sealing prolly. make sure the door is perfectly lined with the box. You might want to change the defrost timer from the 10hr you have to a 6 hr timer. In high humidity areas too much frost tends to accumulate causing the vents, and the drain line to be clogged. That might be why you have the puddle of water. The ice that is defrosted every 10 hrs runs down that drain line to a pan on top of the compressor, if that line freezes up, all subsequent water from defrost ends up in the refrigerator or freezes in the freezer.

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