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Refrigerator Warming Up in Both Compartments and No Frost on the Back Wall Inside the Freezer?
This will be one of four things:
1. Dirty condenser (preventable)
2. Burned out compressor start relay (very fixable)
3. Bad or lazy condenser fan motor (very fixable)
4. Bad compressor or sealed system ("freon") leak (terminal event: go shopping)
As indicated, the first three causes are very fixable, even preventable. But the fourth one is a 4th Down Time to Punt event. That's because EPA's DuPont regulations have made doing sealed system work so expensive that it's not cost-effective to do it on most refrigerators... unless you paid so much for the box that you're married to it (a la Sub-Zero). So, lots of easily-repairable refrigerators choking up the landfills today.
Be that as it may, let's talk about the first three things that we can do something about...
A dirty condenser will make any refrigerator warm up. Even the mighty Sub-Zero is not immune from a dirty condenser's refrigerator-killing effects. Check this out, this could be you:
Burned Out Compressor Start Relay / Bad or Lazy Condenser Fan Motor
I grouped these two things together because they can and do occur together but most people, including most technicians, don't catch this. But you, dear reader, are now privvy to one to the Samurai's most cherished repair tricks...
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The complaint on this refrigerator was that it's freezing food in the Fresh Food compartment (aka., Beer Compartment). On this particular design, the motorized damper has a been a problem point. One common problem is that the vanes get frozen in place by frost and then break when the damper motor tries to move them. That wasn't the case here. This one took sublime troubleshooting skills to identify the source of the freezing problem. It did involve the damper assembly but only as a secondary effect to the primary failure. Watch with wonder as The Appliance Guru uses ancient and mystical appliantological troubleshooting techniques to divine the real problem sequence here.
Here are the part links to the damper and control board:
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The model number of this LG refrigerator is LFC25776ST/00. Customer reports that the freezer is warm but the fresh food compartment is still okay. Watch in amazement as The Appliance Guru hunts down the problem as if it were a wild, senseless beast.
Unfortunately, the main PCB, p/n EBR67348002, is on national backorder so the customer will have to wait possibly up to a month to get her refrigerator fixed.
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