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And this one wasn't even for work. :-(

I awoke in the middle of the night. Went to get some water and something to eat. Noticed the cheese was not as cold as it should have been in the fridge...in fact the fridge is not as cold as it should have been...

Crap. (Actually I used another word here but I shall refrain.)

So as is my wont I Googled it and found that it was most likely a defrost issue in that the condenser coils were clogged with ice.

Found this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaRyNiPn26o

That actually happens to show the exact model fridge we have.

Watched all of it and immediately set the defrost timer into defrost mode. Waited. Nada. Still frozen. So here at 3 am I am taking apart the freezer section of my fridge to find that it is a veritable cornucopia of frozen coils.

Grab the heat gun - cord's too short - down my wifi for a power strip. Thaw the coils completely. That officially buys us a week to get parts in. While I'm putting it back together it goes back into regular mode. That means the defrost timer is probably good.

So I stuff everything back in the freezer, noting that I need to put a water filter on it as the icemaker is covered with minerals, and get on E-Bay and promptly order a defrost timer and the freezer thermostat. Those are the two most likely candidates but I also put the heating element on my E-Bay watch list so I can order that when I get paid.

So I'll replace those parts, straighten the fins that are bent, and we should have a working fridge again. (How do fins even get bent behind a complete cover anyways??)

Were we in better standing I would prefer to buy a new fridge. A side-by-side with a dispenser on the front for water and ice. Black or stainless as my wife wants a cranberry colored kitchen. But...we're not...so we get to repair the ancient fridge with no Energy Star rating on it. Glad I'm already used to my electric bill being high with all the computers. ;-)

And now...it's 4 am and I have to get up for work in a half hour to an hour.

Crap. (Again...another word here.)

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/276922.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.




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mashblock
May. 13th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
I have a newer model of the same fridge...
That's the evaporator that was iced up, not the condenser. The fins get bent by water re-freezing after a defrost cycle.

While you're messing with it(gotta pull it away from the wall to install that water filter anyway, right?) vacuum the dust and dog hair out of the condenser and its fan.

nimitzbrood
May. 14th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: I have a newer model of the same fridge...
You are indeed correct - evaporator not condenser - I stand corrected.

As for the bent fins I've never seen that before but your explanation makes perfect sense.

And yes the fridge is in horrible need of a vacuuming.

As old as it is this experience has shown me how very simple ours is and how easily most of it I can repair myself if need be. About the only thing I don't know if I'm legally able to do is refill the refrigerant (if say replacing compressor or coils) even though it says R134 on the inside sticker which is CFC free.

Though it does occur to me that I could tell a repair person that the fridge is not getting cold and let him try and refill it. Not the most karmic of choices but it might work.
mashblock
May. 14th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a newer model of the same fridge...
The vacuuming can make a big difference in temp differential - do it, and keep doing it as regularly as you can manage. Good idea would be to vacuum the back and bottom(and scrub the floor it sits on!) every time you remember to change the water filter.

Yes, you can legally handle '134.

However, it may not be worthwhile to bother - small appliances such as this don't have access valves, and are almost always cheaper to replace than repair when something goes wrong in the refrigerant loop.

Any honest repair person will tell you the same...
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