Freezer runs for 2 seconds then stops, and runs this cycle.
I have an upright Gibson freezer. When we moved into our new place, the polarity on the 110 outlet was backwards and appeared to burn out the freezer. However, when I plugged the freezer into another outlet that was fine, the freezer runs for about 2 seconds then turns off. Then it waits for about 30 seconds and runs for 2 seconds and shuts off.
We let it sit for about a year. Today I pulled it away from the wall and plugged it in and it ran for about 5 minutes, I unplugged it, put it back against the wall and it started doing the 2 second thing again. Does the freezer have to be perfectly level for it to run correctly?? This the only thing I can think of. Unless the defective outlet burned something out. But then I would think it wouldn't run at all in that case. Any suggestions???
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Re: Freezer runs for 2 seconds then stops, and runs this...
Good day, The shut off is due to the protective overload mounted on the side of the compressor to shut it down, if it can't start. On the side of the compressor is a cover box that contains the overload device, a start relay, and on some models, a start/run capacitor. These items can to a degree tested with an ohm meter, but it is wiser to take them to an appliance parts house for testing. If any are found defective, replace them. If not, the compressor has failed internally and needs to be replaced. Close to $400.00 if not more.
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Hello - From what you have described it sounds like you might be experiencing some form of sealed system issue or a bad door seal. This can include the compressor not working correctly, the evaporator fan not turning, or even coolant in the lines not at the correct levels to properly cool. If the compressor is running, humming, or even a little warm then that is typically normal. However if the compressor is running hot, then it is over working and the issue could be before the compressor in the evap fan, coil or coolant lines. Trying checking if the door seal is bad; place a dollar bill between the body of the freezer and close the door. The dollar bill should stay in place and pull out with a small amount of resistance. If the dollar bill falls out when placed between the gasket and cabinet double check the door from closing then replace the gasket. If any proves to be ineffective, you would need to contact your manufacturer and then a professional to move forward accurately.
Maybe it is in the middle of a 21 minute defrost cycle? Is the fan running? Sometimes the defrost timer gets hung in defrost. If that is fine I would see if 120 volts is getting to the relay on the compressor. Sometimes an older temp control will die if fiddled with. Did you turn it before moving the freezer? Those are some things I would check. Sometimes wires get yanked out of place when you move an appliance so check that as well. Post your model number and I might have a service manual you can download OR just go to my website and find one HERE
My freezer was purchased in February, 2004. It is a self defrosting freezer but ice has started forming along the bottom shelf and back wall. Also, after cleaning the freezer the other day it has stopped clycing. The freezer will stop running only if I turn it down to the #1 setting and then it will not come back on. If I turn it up to a higher setting the compressor will not stop running. It ran for over 24 hours and would not cycle unless I turned it off or set it at the #1 setting. When I unplugged it and pulled it away from the wall, there was a green water spot the size of a dinner plate underneath the freezer. Help!! Very Unhappy this freezer is only 6 years old. S in Phila.
hi thanks for the question first is the compressor running if it is & not cooling . your freezer has lost its refrigerant if so not worth repairing worstthing people do is not use a freezer for a long period of time its ok for fridges as they are built different thanks the appliance doc