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Fridge/freezer not cold. Fan or compressor not running....

My fridge and freezer are getting warm. I have no fan or compressor running but I do hear a relay engage on the motherboard when I plug in the fridge. I also now have ice on the back wall of the freezer.

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  • scooter65 Sep 10, 2008

    I have the same problem. Repairman has been here 4-5 times and replaced the motherboard. Didn't fix the problem. He figures it's either the heater or the thermostat.

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Possibly main pcb faulty but may just be in defrost mode where the fan and compressor will not run . In which case the ice build up will be due to faulty defrost heater or stat

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