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Offline Repair-man

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2008, 10:50:15 AM »
Give it 12 hours...you have been fooling around in there and the temps need time to stabilize. I realize the predicament with your food in the other unit, but some things must be done right if we are to get to the bottom of this.. I'll be around after 9:00 this evening to hear your findings.


p.s. The B/M # should also be stamped on back.
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2008, 10:57:46 AM »
I hope so...I let it run overnight, and the temp in the ff side only went from 72 to 63....I looked all over the back and didn't see a plate or a stamp anywhere....just the EnergyGuide sticker. I'll give you what the sticker on the door says in 1/2 hour.

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2008, 11:02:48 AM »
OK, and while you're at it, a little more history on this unit would be nice...
For example, has it been working until you changed the fan motor?

When was it purchased?

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2008, 11:20:41 AM »
The unit was given to us 2nd hand when we bought our house. Aside from the ice maker not working, we haven't had a problem with it until about a month ago. The fan unit would make a loud noise while it was running. After a few minutes the sound would go away. Recently the sound was becoming more and more frequent and would continue for longer periods of time. The last time was over 4 hours long, and the sound was loud enough to be heard at the far end of the house. All this time the fridge contiuned to work fine. No compaints except for the sound.

After some consultation (not here I'm sorry to say. I do wish I had found this site first) with our local appliance guy we narrowed the problem down the fan motor.  My brother-inlaw gave us his other fridge that kinda-worked, so I dragged the side-by-side out, brought the other one in...this way I could work on the Admiral in the garage. Changing the motor only took about an hour (though I probably could do it now in about 10 mins), and I plugged the unit in and it worked...no more sound. I will admit that I did NOT check the temps in either the Freezer or FF section. I was just grateful that I didn't have the sound anymore. We were just going to leave the older Admiral out in the garage to use as a freezer when we discovered that the "loaner" that the inlaws gave us doesn't cool very well (we're using the freezer section as a fridge). The Magic Chef is just a few years old, is very clean and dirt free... I'm thinking it might need a charge of refigerant.

So I dragged the Magic Chef out, and brought he Admiral back inside... Of course, the Admiral is about 100lbs heavier and wont fit through the side door. If the wife tells me to move the damn thing again, I'll call a divorce atty on the way to have my hernia operation. We plugged everything in at around 3pm Sat , and about 3-4 hours later evening we realized that something was wrong.

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2008, 11:37:28 AM »
Alright....it's been over 1 hour...temp checks.

Freezer is 22-degrees (but the damper for the fresh food section is wide open, so I think that might have something to do with the temp).

Fresh Food is 64-degrees.

And the partially torn sticker I can barely read the model number DNS22---(the last two numbers are H9. That info is on the EnergyGuide sticker on the back. The rest of the sticker is not readable.

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2008, 11:40:29 AM »
Try the fresh food section under the crisper drawer for the Man #.

Is the condenser fan motor at the compressor running?
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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2008, 11:52:43 AM »
Everything at the back/bottom sounds right.

Here is the info stamped into the bottom of the front of the frame.

DNS22H9 A   B/M#7L45A

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Re: Admiral Refrigerator
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2008, 02:04:52 PM »
Update...

After noticing that there was a 3/16'-1/4" gap between the duct that led from Freezer to the opening for the Fresh Food side, I checked the appliance parts site and noticed that there looks to be a seal that is supposed to be there (part #AP309347....#3 on the diagram (http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/ctrfs.aspx?part_id=309347&&&diagram_id=847033&model_id=36105). I do not remember seeing anything like that when I changed the fan motor, perhaps when I pulled the sheet metal section with the fan out, it slipped off the end and fell down behind the coil cover. Not having the part, I just ran some duct tape around the gap and tried to seal it the best I could. Since then the temp in the fresh food section has dropped 10 degrees to 56, and appears to be dropping---slowly.

A temp fix until I get the part, and its no guarantee that its a cure-all...but hey it looks like for the first time in 2 days that things seem to be heading the right direction.

Thanks again to everyone for their help.

 

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