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Offline antman

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Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« on: May 06, 2011, 01:10:38 PM »
Help. We had power out for 5 days. When it came back on the freezer section never got past 36 deg F. Cleaned underneath and checked that both fans were working. Compressor is on and evaporator does get frost on it. I flipped the switch 5 times and the heater around the evaporator did not appear to come on. I checked the heater and I can't remember the reading but it wasn't shorted or open. On some other advice I replaced the ADC. Still same issue. Please help. Thanks

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2011, 01:15:42 PM »
Check your compressor. Is it hot to the touch? Cold? Either way that could be a bad compressor relay. When power came back on is when them relays go out. Coulda been ready to die when the surge finished it off or fried the contacts together making it overheat. It would be hot to the touch if that was the case. You would get frost but the overload inside the compressor would cause it to shut down..
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2011, 01:37:14 PM »
Thanks for the quick reply. The compressor is warm/hot to the touch. I'll pull it back out to get to the relay. Is there a way to test it? Or should it just look fried like your picture. Appreciate the help.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2011, 01:57:59 PM »
You won't see what JW is showing unless you open the relay, but if it rattles, it's bad.
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2011, 05:12:44 PM »
We're heading out for mother's day. So I won't get to checkout the relay till monday. When  I look at the frigidaire parts list I don't find a relay. There's a capacitor and starter switch attached to the compressor. Is the relay located somewhere else?

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2011, 05:41:18 PM »
The starter switch is the relay, or start relay...  :)
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2011, 07:11:53 PM »
Pulled the starter and there was no noise. Replaced it anyway but still same issue. It's about 40 deg F in the Freezer. Anything else I can look at?

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 09:31:17 PM »
coils clean?
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2011, 10:02:22 PM »
Yes. Cleaned the coils (was dusty but didn't seem excessive) and made sure nothing was blocking air flow. Both fans are running. Was working great before the power outage.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2011, 06:50:00 AM »
Remove the back freezer panel and describe the frost line on the coils for us.
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2011, 08:14:03 PM »
Opened the back up again. There are two copper lines that come down into the evaporator from the back wall. The top line has frost to the point that it's about 1 inch in diameter when it goes into the coils. the front first coil has frost then everything else is clean. Have included a photo. Refrigerator is only 5 yrs old. Thanks.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2011, 09:42:26 PM »
Sealed system problem, which means either a loss of refrigerant, restriction or bad compressor.  All of these problems are expensive to repair and beyond the abilities of most do-it-yourselfers. It used to be that all fridges had a five year warranty on sealed systems.  I checked your warranty and you only have one year.  Sorry for the bad news.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2011, 10:26:11 PM »
That looks like a leak to me... please vote!
1 leak
0 restriction
0 Bad/weak compressor
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2011, 07:40:47 AM »
Bummer. Only thing I did after losing power was to move the fridge out a little to unplug it. Should have just tripped the circuit breaker. Is the capacitor on the starter relay only used for starting? It's the only component that I haven't checked. And if it is a leak would there be any visible signs - like discoloration on the copper? Hate to give up, but it sounds like it might be time to move on. Appreciate the help. Wife was right to start with - replace it. Again, Thanks.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2011, 10:16:45 AM »
the capacitor is a run capacitor and will not affect the compressor but is for energy efficiency. a leak may be unrelated to the power outage..look of signs of oil most likely on the evaporator or drain pan. check around the heater .. hope it helps
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