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Frigidaire Gallery Model FRS26ZSHB3 The refrigeration stops and may or may not start again allowing the refrigerator to defrost. If the temperature control is turned off and then back on the refrigerator starts and cools properly but may or may not start again unless the temperature control is again turned off and then on again.

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  • gaoler Mar 11, 2011

    Hi Shane,

    The vents are clear. Nothing in the freezer and not much in the fridge as it all thawed while I was away for a few days.

    The coil is dusty but not real dirty and definately not blocked.

    This is not the defrost cycle. The compressor just doesn't start again (sometimes).

    The refrigerator worked properly for several years in the same location before this happened.



    Any other suggestions greatly appreciated.

    Bill

  • gaoler Mar 12, 2011

    Hi Joe, How long will the power savings for a $1,500 appliance take to pay for it? Why am I paying to consult an expert who cannot tell me how to troubleshoot my problem?

  • gaoler Mar 15, 2011

    You nailed it. When I rap beside the control the fridge starts. Thanks for you help.

  • gaoler Mar 15, 2011

    Heatman solved the problem. Thankyou

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Hi,
There are two things that could be happning....

1. The control is bad and when you manually turn it it will close and start the unit, but it will not close after it opens to stop the unit on it's own....
In other words... you touching it and moving it will get it to work, but it will not turn the unit on if there is no outside influence on it....

The possibility is that the compressor will not restart when warm...but once it cools down it will restart....
I don't think this is what is happening though... my bet is with the thermostat/control...

That is not that hard to fix and you can easily buy the parts yourself online...

Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...

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Posted on Mar 12, 2011

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    D. Floyd Kolb Mar 12, 2011

    Hi Bill,

    I see that you are a bit frustrated...

    As I stated in my solution I believe that you have a thermostat/control issue...

    Thought a bout it since I wrote that....just to narrow it down somemore...instaed of turning the control...just give it a wack somewhere near it... if the unit starts then you know it is the control...

    Most of these are not that hard to replace and I also included a tip about how to buy the part yourself online...



    I hope you area ble to figure this out and get your unit working...

    Please comment back to me if you have more questions...



    heatman101

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Hello gaoler... If there is power to the appliance but it still seems to be stopped, there may be a problem in one or more of these: Wiring Thermostat Defrost timer Compressor Overload and/or relay Unfortunately, we can't describe all of the possible problems and repair solutions here. If you are unable to troubleshoot the problem from here, you may need to contact a qualified appliance repair technician. That said, if this fridge is more than 3 years old, rather than repair it seriously consider a replacement. The new ones literally pay for themselves with the savings in power consumption alone within their warranty period. Joe Thanks for choosing Fixya!

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Hi,
You need to check the following to make sure your refrigerator is working properly:
Vent blockage - Air flows between the freezer and refrigerator sections to provide proper cooling via air vents.
Condenser coil - When the condenser coil is dirty it causes the sealed system to overheat and therefore the refrigerator will not cool properly.
Defrost Cycle - When the refrigerator goes into defrost, the cooling mode stops and a defrost heater energizes to remove accumulated frost from the evaporator (cooling) coil, which causes the freezer temperature to rise slightly.
Proper Air Circulation - Refrigerators require a specific amount of clearance around the cabinet to allow for air circulation. If the refrigerator does not have the minimum clearance required, the refrigerator cannot cool properly.
Hope this helps.
Shane

Posted on Mar 11, 2011

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