20 Most Recent Danby DAR0488W Refrigerator Questions & Answers

NOTE: This
is a multi-solution answer since I don't have all the tech from your question to pinpoint your problem
But the solution is in here generically, if you read and study the solutions very,very carefully.

Sounds like the cold control has stuck . Unplug the two wires from the cold control and plug them together. Turn one wire over and plug it into the other. away from the cold control.
The cold control is the knob in the ref that turns it on and off and has numbers on it. (Thermostat)
If it runs then that cold control (Thernostat) is the problem.
If that doesn't work DO THIS:
The relay on the compressor may need replaced
A relay starts the compressor with a higher voltage and then quickly kicks out
Thats what is happening with yours
Its best for a tech to replace The relay but you can do it
Take your model number to your Local Appliance parts store they will have a diagram
showing you how to install the relay. Its called a hard start relay
also try hooking the two wires together on the cold control to route around the cold control.

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Danby DAR0488W... | Answered on Sep 06, 2011

The manual and documentation for the DAR0488W is available here: http://www.danby.com/product/DAR0488W/1 . The manufacturer's warranty was a 12 months limited warranty on the electrical parts, 3 months parts and labour, plus and additional 9 months parts only coverage. The plastic parts only had a 30 day warranty.

I do not recommend just throwing out the refrigerator. The refrigerant needs to be disposed of separately. (Even though it doesn't use Freon, there are restrictions on the disposal of the material.)

I wish that I had better news.

Cindy Wells
(If you had noticed any ice on the coils, my diagnostic would suggest that your coolant had leaked out of the unit.)

Danby DAR0488W... | Answered on Mar 17, 2011

Guessing here, Bad thermostat would affect both sides, not just half. I would look for a door or damper door, an obstruction in the air path between the two, where the inside fan lives and on down to the other side if defrosting does not show any difference after plugging it back in a day or two later. If it shows a difference, then there is a defrost problem, deftost cycle not working.

Danby... | Answered on Sep 19, 2020

well start with parts to test --thermostat --circuit for short or damage

Danby... | Answered on Apr 30, 2020

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Danby... | Answered on Mar 26, 2020

Turn off the refrigerator and remove the power cord from the wall socket.
Unscrew the thermostat / dial and gently pull it out of it's holder....
There is a tiny pipe on the back of the thermostat / dial.
Gently pull that tube out of the pipe that it is in.
The most likely reason for the lack of cooling is that there is a layer of gunk on that tube.
Take coarse cloth or pot scrubber and clean that tube gently...
Replace the tube in the pipe and see if refrigerator runs properly....
If not, new refrigerator needed....


Danby... | Answered on Jan 06, 2020

Check the heater behind the panel in the freezer.I unplugged mine checked it and it seemed fine plugged back in .no more issues

Danby... | Answered on Jun 30, 2019

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