Question about Admiral 26 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

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Refrigerator, s/side, too cold, etc

Admiral 21.6 CF, HMG62163 (about 1990-91, s/side) started freezing most foods on lower two shelves as well as in drawers, even with temp at warmest settings. Freezer is running extremely cold, too--ice cream is like a block of ice. Circulation fan seems to run overtime. Can't tell what compressor is doing. Concurrent with the extreme cold temperatures, the water dispenser and ice maker stopped working; I.e., no water to either unit and ice motor (auger) wouldn't turn over. After 2 or 3 days, the ice water worked. Next day the ice maker worked fully. Then water disp started working intermittently for a day or two. Food on lower two exposed cooling shelves still freezes but ice maker is okay for now. Are these other issues thermostat-related? Can you recommend a good troubleshooting or repair manual, or is "The Admiral" ready to be retired? Will dirty grills cause such problems? We've not moved/cleaned under or behind refrig for 9 or 10 years. (We've never been able to adjust flow of cold air to vegetable bins to keep food from freezing. We accepted that as a stupid engineering flaw re baffles, controls, etc., within weeks of buying the unit.)

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  • Darryl Love Apr 24, 2007

    Thanks for your response. I have done that since my initial post and it may have helped, somewhat. At least, the refrig doesn't freeze as badly as it did. I played with the temp settings, baffles, etc., too.

    Let me ask you about this: I took out the temp control to make sure it was working. It gets continuity, as it should, but the switch seems "backward." E.G., there is an arrow pointing toward colder--the opposite way should be warmer and eventually "OFF." But the control actually click off when turned in the direction of the arrow, or "colder." I haven't had time to check whether "WARM" is cold and "COLDER" is warmer--this didn't seem like a possibility. But could the temp control be manufactured "backward?" We've never been able to use the veggie bins since we've owned it, despite the controls. Any thoughts?

  • Darryl Love Nov 20, 2007

    Thanks, jomong.

    And can you believe I still have the cover off the controls, etc., because I never got around to fixing this mess. So, I will replace the temperature control. But, on the thermostat, I may have to go back to the library book to be sure of what I am doing. However, I assume you mean the loop and the small grey metal box it comes out of, which is connected to the switching assembly. Am I correct? If so, thanks for the tips.



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Hi! your problem was temperature control,it is malfunctioning.. replace your termostat.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007


Unplug and let defrost. You should also clean the grills off in back and get all cob webs off from underneith. that might help

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