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Insulation You said: Normally in back there is a removable panel to access the condenser and compressor area. make sure you reinstall the cover after you are done. It is critical to proper operation and cooling of the system. When I removed the panel, the piece of insulation attached to it is falling apart. The fabric -like cover is broken and the fibrous material is falling out in clumps. I'm afraid the clumps of material will cause the fridge to not operate properly, but am also worried that the lack of insulation could be dangerous. I would like to take the insulation off, put the panel back on and use the refrigerator to keep our food cold for tonight. Is this a problem? Thank you.

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  • ElsaB Aug 24, 2008

    Thank You! I have been struggling with the refrigerator for a couple of months now because we don't have enough money to get it serviced. It seems that if I defrost it about once a week, I can get it to cool down again. Meanwhile, I have been trying all the things that seem approachable to me, like cleaning the condenser coils.I did get really worried about that insulation and appreciate your help!

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The insulation you spoke of is only for dampening sound that may come from the compressor area. You can remove the loose material and it will not cause any problem. The panel determines proper air circulation over the compressor and condenser.

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    James Helmer Aug 25, 2008

    If your refrigerator is supposed to be a frost free model it will have a defrost timer at some point. Newer models are in the area of the controls in the refrigerator compartment. Some older models have the timer located in the back along one of the rails. In ether case there will be a round hole with a clutch head screw in it. By turning the timer screw Clockwise very slowly until you hear one audible click will put the refrigerator into defrost mode. Wait about 25 minutes and it should automatically go back into cooling. If it does not restart cooling after the time turn the screw a little more to the second click. it will then start cooling again. Having to turn the screw a second time indicates a bad timer.
    If defrost does not take place and the timer restarts the cooling on its own there is a problem in the defrost heater circuit.

    Glad to be of help.



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