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Author Topic: Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator Info  (Read 87 times)

Offline bbealing

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Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator Info
« on: December 18, 2012, 07:24:46 PM »
I'm looking to get some advice.

I use this site and several other on-line sites to get illustrated parts diagrams for appliances I work on.  Most of the time, I am able to get the information I am looking for.  But today, I have run into two instances where this has not been the case.  I am hoping someone here can give me some insight as to what is happening and why.

I am dealing with two different Frigidaire refrigerator models:  FRT04L5DBO and FRT045GB.  These model numbers are valid!  And what really doesn't make sense is they are NOT even recognized on Frigidaire's website.  I did find on this site and on the Repair Clinic site, a few incidental type parts but NOTHING about the parts I need.  I have looked these numbers up on Sears Repair Parts, Marcone and A.P Wagner too!  I need a defrost heater and defrost time for each one of these refrigerators.

My initial conclusion from what I have found is that compact refrigerators are not repairable because there are no parts available to make repairs.  Is this assessment accurate?  Or, will someone tell me what's going on.

Brad Bealing
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Hanover, PA   

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Re: Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator Info
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 07:50:15 PM »
Most of these compact fridges are not meant to be serviced. They have a one year warranty and if it breaks under warranty the manufacturer just sends them a new fridge. You could probably find a generic replacement for the timer, the heater might be a little tougher.

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Re: Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator Info
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 08:45:47 PM »
TGOODS has it correct. These mini or compact refrigerators are not meant to be serviced other than say, the LIGHT BULB. I recently ran a call on a similar model that had a ticking timer. Later, I attempted to search for that part but simply came up with NOTHING. Upon calling technical assistance, they informed me if any part fails on this MINI FRIDGE, it will be EXCHANGED. The timer needed looked VERY similar to the ones used in their full size top-mounts. I digress. :D

Offline bbealing

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Re: Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator Info
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 08:57:27 PM »
Not exactly the response I was hoping for.  I'm dealing with a client that has about 15 of these refrigerators in a rooming house facility......all with some kind of problem.  Wait till I tell him this good news.  Thanks for your help!

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Re: Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator Info
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012, 09:57:04 PM »
Perhaps if you're looking for the basic parts, cold control, defrost timers, etc. you might look into supco, ERP, or others.  These things can get pretty generic on the basic models.    The timer, for example, might cool for 8 hours & defrost for 20 minutes.  The cold control kicks on at x temp, and off at y temp.  The wiring is the same.

Explain to the Landlord that he screwed himself by buying these units, but that you might get them to work if you go aftermarket.  If you do, you are a hero, and will be his best friend.  If you don't, well you warned him; advise him on what to get that will work for him (and tell him next time don't buy throw away crap).   :D

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Re: Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator Info
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 02:24:46 AM »
I've run into this with a landlord who converted several attics and other small areas in homes into small apartments.     I had the exact same thing - bad defrost timer.    The only part on the parts list was an extra shelf I think.     

What I did,  got to the defrost timer and replaced it with a frigidare defrost timer.    Got it working.    This was several years ago,   and I had to cut into a panel or something,   I can't remember.   As I remember,  it wasn't that hard.    But I told the owner that if anything else went,   to throw it out.     I believe it's still working to this day as he hasn't called me on it again.     The only reason I went through the hassle was that he has 40 properties and I tried to help him as I get alot of money every month from him.   
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