This fridge is like new. Except........after 6 to 8 weeks, the fan in the freezer begins to roar. Like the fan is catching on some thing. (ice I believe) The back of the freezer can freeze up to over an inch.
The freezer stays cold but once the fan begins making the noise, the fridge slows and then stops cooling.
We remove all contents and let the freezer thaw out for at least 8 hours.. plug back in and it works like new again. Any thoughts on what is causing the problem? Thank you
Re: Viking Imperial Fridge... Purchased in early 90's
What is the stat set to ? A common problem with bottle coolers that work the same way, is people turn the stat to high ( very cold). This then drops the evaporator temperature so low it freezes up, in turn this stops the airflow and the ice build up worsens until you get the result you have, a warm fridge due to no airflow at all. It could be short of gas as this can cause it. A faulty defrost heater / timer can also cause it if its fitted as can a faulty fan that stops spinning. Due to the age of the unit I would try turning the stat back to 3/4 and see how that goes. it will get cold but will be more gradual, but hopefully shouldn't freeze up.
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Simply defrosting the freezer might solve your problem. Sometimes ice can form on the fan or fan motor, and of course, prevents the fan from turning.
If there is ice here, your refrigerator isn't defrosting properly. This sounds like a defrost problem that may need a part replaced. Check out this site for details and photos. Refrigerator Defrost Parts
for starter call viking with your mod and ser #
there is a hinge recall on fridge door is covered by warranty regardless of age
it can cause the air channel from freezer to fridge to ice over due to too much humidity entering fridge
this stops cooling in fridge
the viking warranty starts from the day you took possession
defrost heater almost never
sounds like you need a better servicer
ask viking for other auth servicer in your area
Evaporator thermistor is on the radiator located at the back of the fridge. Older fridges had a big on aircooled along the entire back of the fridge whilst the newer ones have it under the fridge with a fan cooling it. 90% of the time the fan gives up causing this type of issue.
the return air ducts are freezing up, unplug unit and use a hairdryer to defrost the entire freezer compartment this will take a couple of hours to completely thaw the ducts the ducts are behind the rear panel in the bottom
my Matytag msd2456dew fridge fan is running, no ice bulid up on coils in freezer section, but no cold air to freeze anything in freezer section or cold air in fridge section. what can be the problem?
The limit switch is found only on frost-free refrigerators and freezers. Its function is to keep the defrost heating element from exceeding certain set temperatures. If a refrigerator has lots of frost in the freezer compartment, the problem may be the limit switch. However, other components -- the evaporator fan, the defrost timer, and the defrost heater -- can cause the same problem. Check these for malfunctions, as detailed below. If these parts are in working condition, the problem is most likely in the limit switch. Don't try to fix the limit switch yourself; call a professional service person for replacement.
Your question is: freezer is icing up and fridge temperature has risen to 10 from 5. Also alot of condensation in the fridge and the fan doesnt seem to be working in fridge. Correct temperature on freezer -18 but ice. new frost free fridge freezer bought 1.5 weeks ago
This is no problem for you. You are under warranty and as long as you have not tryed to repair it yourself you are completely covered. Look for the manufacturer's warranty phone number on the paper work that came with it or call the sales man, he will be happy to track that down for you because he wants repeat business.
If you bought it used the only answer is to return it. You could get a local pro to repair it at yuor own expense but I wouldn't recomend that for a frige only 1.5 weeks old!
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I am not sure if I have the same model, but the VIKING fridge that I purchased in Chicago is a stainless steel bottom freezer design that is horrible. I paid alot for it and it looks great on the outside - like a pretty girl that has nothing to say.....The alarm goes off constantly and tonight the freezer wasn't working! This thing is not even 5 years old and my GE fridge in the basement that I use to store drinks for the pool and things that I don't want to spoil is probably 40 years old (I got it from my parents and has NEVER been a problem). What is up VIKING? Where are your engineers??
freezer fan runs when freezer calls for cooling
ref fan runs when fridge calls for cooling
condenser fan up top runs with compressor
lower unit condensate fan runs with compressor
fans should not be noisy
control monitors temp and will give alarm if temp rise
please contact viking as your fridge may have a safety recall on door hinges