My friends recently moved my my fridge to my new house. It was a rough move...they had it on it's back. Now my fridge will not cool at all. I plug it in, the lights come on, but I don't hear any fans come on to cool it. It won't get cold on either side. Help! Thanks!
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Moving a GE, Hotpoint or some Kenmore refrigerators can be more of a job than you dreamed.
Did you know that the defrost heater of some of these models are made of glass and wire? They really are! Glass and wire!
A little bit of a rough ride or a bump can break it. So if you move a fridge and 2 weeks later it does'nt work you probably have broke the defrost heater.
Thats not all! Surprise surprise here is the big news. YOU CAN LAY A FRIDGE DOWN TO MOVE IT. Who would have guessed right? How many times have you heard that myth. Plenty I am sure. But its true you can.
Here is what to do. After you are finished with the move and the fridge is in the upright position,,,leave it up for about 6 hours before plugging it in which will allow enough time for the oil to flow back to the compressor so it starts pumping freon while the tubes are clear and you will be good to go.
You moved the refer from one house to another, did you clean the refer first? was there a dusty old piece of cardboard hanging off the back? that cardboard needs to be in place for proper air flow through the condenser coil.
This is caused by a failed condenser fan motor. Since it was recently moved, I suspect the fan blade has been blocked from spinning. Pull the fridge out and remove the cardboard cover near the floor. See the fan? Check for obstructions. If there are none and the fan is not spinning, reach in there and give it a whirl with your finger. It may spin right up, it may not.
If all else fails, you'll need to replace the fan motor. Write back with the model number and I'll get you part numbers and step you through the repair. Deal?
The most common thing that happens while moving a frig is when moving it they put the dolly underneath the condenser fan housing and bend it into the fan causing the compressor to overheat before it has a chance to cool down everything. If this isn't the case then I will send you a list of things to check out. Let me know.