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Admiral Refrigerator
« on: December 28, 2008, 07:31:03 AM »
Hey guys...a little help!!!


I just replaced the fan/motor in my Admiral side by side and it's blowing ice cold...BUT none of the cold air is being blown into the fresh food compartment! It's frickin' 62-degrees in there! I checked the opening and its not frozen closed.

To access the fan motor, I removed the ice maker (which wasn't working anyways), the rotating ice tray, the ice dispenser, and plastic shield. I don't have any parts laying around, so I'm fairly confident that I've got everything back the way it goes. I was going to leave the ice dispenser off of the refigerator (since we don't use it), but the fan wouldn't start without it connected, so THAT is plugged in. The only thing not connected is the ice tray/rotating unit (but I did try running the fridge with that connected too....same result.)

It almost seems like the plastic shield it too far away from the fan to "duct" any of the cold air to the fresh food compartment opening?

Any Help or ideas, I would be very, VERY grateful.

Mike

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2008, 08:33:41 AM »
Be sure the motor you replaced matches the old one in rotation direction.

Center the fan blades directly in the middle of the rear cover opening to ensure proper air circulation. Remember there is an air damper between the freezer and fresh food section.


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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2008, 08:39:41 AM »
Does it indicate on the motor itself what direction it turns? I have the old one nearby. I feel cold air blowing into the freezer, so I presume that its going the right direction.

I had the fridge unplugged for a few days while awaiting the fan motor, so icing of the damper opening isn't the problem. When I open the freezer damper wide open, I don't feel any cold air coming into the fresh food side. Not to sound too much like a novice---but is the little freezer/control damper the only think that controls the flow of air from the freezer side to the fresh food side? Cold air has to be "pushed" from the freezer to the fridge? There's no motor/fan on the fridge side to "pull" cold air over?

I'm just thinking out loud here. I'm running out of things to try to resolve the problem.

I thank you for your help.

Mike

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2008, 09:26:54 AM »
Make sure you put the fan blade on correctly..it will go either way.
For more cold to fresh food set the freezer temp towards WARMER freezer.
COLDER freezer will reduce airfow to Fresf Food section.
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2008, 09:36:09 AM »
I have had the freezer on the lowest setting with the damper full open...I even made sure the passageway was free of blockage...and still do not feel cold air. I will check the fan, but when I removed the fan from the other motor shaft, I noticed that on one side of the fan there is a little folded over metal tab that prevents the fan from being put on the wrong way.

Any other possibilities?

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2008, 09:54:46 AM »
Look at your old motor. At the top of the motor...the end away from the motor windings...you will see a couple of copper colored wires on the right or left side of the shaft. These should be on the same side as your new motor, viewing both from the same perspective. The fan blade turns towards the copper colored wires. If they are opposite you have the wrong motor.
If they are the same I am out of suggestions.
I believe yours should be on the left side when facing the motor from the shaft side.
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2008, 10:02:48 AM »
Alright...looking at the old motor, from the shaft side, with the windings at the bottom, I see the thick copper wiring on the top left...looking at the motor installed, and it looks----identical.

Sorry...still looking for ideas.

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2008, 10:06:28 AM »
OK. One more shot here.
Unscrew the lightbulb in fresh food. Put your thermometer in there. Leave it closed for one hour and recheck your temp.
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2008, 10:13:10 AM »
alright...will try

Time...11:09....temp 66 degrees. Bulb removed. Damper from the freezer is wide open. The only thing NOT connected in the freezer is the ice tray rotating dumper motor thing.

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2008, 10:17:05 AM »
If it sat for a day or so, also check the return air flap behind the bottom crispers in the FF section. This is the supply air for the freezer section and must also be open just like the top damper.

What's the B/OM on the model number?

Need the freezer temps also.
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2008, 10:28:53 AM »
Alright...that flap was on cool...I opened it up to cold. That one I could fee was at least colder than the one at the top.

11:19 temp 66-degrees.

Of note, when I removed the guard to check the fan motor (for direction) int he freezer, and looked at the little duct that runs air from the freezer to the fresh food side, I did notice that there was a small gap...about an 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch from the edge of the duct to the opening on the right side. I don't remember there being any kind of tape or seal when I swapped the motor out. Should there be? After an hour, should I throw some duct tape on there as a temp fix and see what happens?

Thanks again everybody. All my food is in the other fridge in the garage---actually its in the freezer of the other fridge because its not cooling right either---but one damn problem at a time...lol.

Thanks.

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2008, 10:33:35 AM »
If the freezer has 66 degrees, you have sealed system issues.

I asked for the B/OM number so I can see your model. Other techs please hold your comments for now until we can clarify his problem, thanks.
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2008, 10:37:35 AM »
Working on finding a second thermometer for freezer temps.

What is a B/OM on the model number, and where would I find it?

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2008, 10:39:05 AM »
Its printed on the model sticker in the FF section.
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2008, 10:44:20 AM »
If that is the sticker on the edge of the door when you open the FF section, my sticker is about 1/2 gone...but when I open the fridge to check the temps at 12:20... I will be happy to give you what I have left on the sticker. Is the info posted anywhere elso on the fridge?

The 66-degrees was the temp in the FF section, not the freezer...sorry about the confusion. 2nd thermometer is in the freezer and I will relay info when I check next time.

 

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