Hello and thanks in advance. My refrigerator has all of a sudden stopped getting really cold. I did unplug it to defrost any ice built up on the interior, but that didn't seem to work. It is making a loud 'click' or 'snap' sound when the compressor kicks on or off. It's gotten progressive louder over the past few weeks. It actually sounds like a circuit breaker clicking off. Thats the sound that first made me curious to what was going on in my kitchen. Then, the milk went bad, and I noticed that steak/beef stays frozen, but chicken gets mushy/semi frozen.
Anyway, any advice would be greatly appreciated. i currently rent, and don't feel like bothering the landlord, or buying a new fridge.
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It could be many things. My first guess would be the defrost. The coil that gets cold in your freezer builds ice on it and the only way to get the ice off is to run a heater near the coil long enough for the ice to melt. All freezers have something built in to defrost and domestic are typically just an electric heater on a timer. When your freezer stops working again, you may want to pull open the panel of your freezer and see if your coil (a heat exchanger that probably looks a lot like your car radiator) is covered in ice. If it is, it could be the timer or the actual heater that is bad.
Do you see frost built up on back wall of freezer if so it is not defrosting and this is what needs to be checked, remove back wall of freezer and check these; Defrost heater-- it usually is at bottom of the evap. coil, to check it remove wires to it ,use a meter set to the lowest ohms setting and check for somewhere between 10-50 ohms if that is what yours is its good if meter reads OL replace defrost heater
Defrost thermostat-- if clips to the top of the evap. coil and is metallic,round , about the diameter of a quarter with a plastic side with 2 wires coming from it(do not confuse it w.thermister),remove wires and check for ZERO ohms WHEN TESTING IT MUST BE COLD so check it when frost is built up,IF meter reading is OL (WHEN COLD) its the problem
Defrost timer or defrost control if has digital display to show tempature check timer(it could be anywhere except in freezer) by turning till you hear a click,the defrost heater should come on within 5 minutes if the heater does come on the timer is the problem and needs to be replaced,if the heater does not come on the above mentions parts (heater/t-stat) will be the problem. defrost control is hard for unskilled lay persons to check SO IF heater and defrost t-stat are good replace control
Your defrost element has failed in the freezer, ice has built up in the freezer cooling cores and air cant pass through them to the fridge, you need to defrost the unit totally and replace the elements, they are at the inside rear, behind the plate, also check your internal fan is running in the freezer, could be another fault. Russ
Hi, Ice has built up and is hitting the fan... or the fan bearings have gone bad...
Check out these tips...they can help you figure out what is going wrong withyour refrigerator and why it is not cooling
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Ice built up and stopped the fan...
Check out these tips...they can help you figure out whats going wrong with your
refrigerator and why it is not cooling
Call a service person--if this happened rather suddenly, it is likely a refrigerant gas leak. Unplug the unit for now to save the compressor. Buy some dry ice to keep things cold while waiting for repairs.
If you unplug for a couple of days it will just happen again.
I sounds to me that either the defrost heater has burned out or the defrost timer has quit, locate the timer and see if you can advance it to defrost manually.
The defrost timer is quite easy to replace but the heater requires a lot more skill
If there is frost on the back wall of the freezer, then the compressor is running. Another (maybe) good thing is the fan is running.
The problem could be -
1) Bad defrost heater 2) Failed defrost sensor 3) Failed defrost timer or refrigerator controller board.
There are diagnostic tests to determine the problem, but require skill at using a multimeter and possibly reading a schematic/wiring diagram.
You can temporarily make the refrigerator run again for awhile by unplugging, opening the doors, and defrosting for 6-8 hours (store food in coolers.). Then plug it back in. Note, water may come out of the freezer as a result of defrosted ice.