Fan extraction of a Samsung Top Freezer refrigerator
I owe a Samsung top freezer refrigerator that because of the ice accumulation on fan working area it spoiled. I live in a lake border (Colbun Lake in Chile, Southamerica) where technitians are not available so I need to extract this fan, buy the replacement part, and replace it. I already melted the ice with a hair fan and noticed that although the refrigerator fan turns with the hair fan air, it does not work when I plug it on. I assume, because of the noice the refrigerator does when I plug it in, that the rest of it is working ok.
I really appreciate your help.
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1) Remove dirt / dust that has accumulated on the condenser coil located on the back of the fridge, or underneath. Use a vacuum to clean off with.
2) Remove dirt / dust in / around compressor area. Make sure you turn power off first as there are several areas in this area that can "bite."
3) Look for heavy frost / ice buildup in the freezer compartment. Defrost if necessary.
4) Make sure the fan is blowing in the freezer compartment.
5) Make sure there is air flow from the vent at the top of the refrigerator compartment. This air is driven by the fan in the freezer (most models).
6) Loading a lot of unfrozen food into the freezer compartment will have the appearance of the fridge going out, but is actually functioning normally as it removes heat from the food so it will freeze.
7) Your thermostat is not working correctly. Move it to the coldest setting if not already done so. Listen for the compressor to kick on. If it doesn't, bad t-stat.
Open freezer door, pull evrything out so that you can see back inner wall, look at plastic housing and see if you have ice/frost building from bottom to top of plastic cover, if so you have lost the ability to circulate air, drain possibly plugged up or evap fan not working or possible other cause. If you see ice/frost buildup shut refrig down for four days and let thaw (be sure to put towels aroundthe front of door area of freezer, the power back up and see if after starting if the fan comes on with the freezer door open and you holding in on door light switch(s). If fan does not come on within a few minutes of holding door switch(s) then evap fan is defective, call a repair tech or call samsung.
Check the evaporator fan , freezer must have a fan to avoid ice formation, if evaporator does not work, thermic sensor jams up and freezer stop working. The fan is located behind the panel in the freezer.
Check the back of your freezer, If there is frost or ice, then the unit is not defrosting. This is often caused by problems with evaporator system. Sometimes you also need to check the defrost timer, located at the top of the FFC on the Top freezer. Check also the defrost thermostat, which is on the evaporator inside
the freezer. If
it isnt defrosting, change both.