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Appliantology Newsletter: Secret Refrigerator Repair Tricks

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Refrigerator Repair, Appliantology Newsletter 02 July 2012 · 1,219 views


Appliantology Newsletter
Secret Refrigerator Repair Tricks
Early-July 2012
Trade Secrets
Okay, before I divulge protected trade secrets for fixing refrigerators, I have to ask for your solemn vow of silence.  Divulging this information to the profane can get me in big trouble with my Brethren in The Craft.  I could get thrown out of the International Appliance Repair Guild!  So, please, if you feel like sharing these secrets with someone, do so by forwarding them this entire newletter.  That way, nothing can get taken out of context that might get me trouble with The Brethren.  Domo!
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...
Dirty Condenser
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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Samurai Appliance Repair Man, Fixitnow.com

  • kdog and DurhamAppliance like this

Thanks for the tips oh great and honorable one.

I have a refrigerator question I offer for your acceptance.. Is it true that some refrigerators are designed with drain trays that are difficult if not impossible to remove? My Frigidaire is vintage 2005. Recent power outage here (5 days), the addition of several bags of ice, food draining caused massive flux to the tray and a bad smell emanated.

My Frig's drip tray is bolted to the body/roof. Even if I did get it loose, it's way too big to remove using the available openings. I have sopped it up with towels. What a mess. Could I have tipped the fridge over instead? Is such tipping wise? Would have spilled all the muck anyway, I guess. Oh well, they sure don't make them like they used to.

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