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Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:59 AM
However, I've also noticed starting current as high as 11 amps, and after 2-3 seconds at that level I hear a 'click' on the compressor ... I assume the Overload protection is kicking in?
The evap coils are evenly frosted when operating so I don't suspect a coolant leak, but have no way to check that. The compressor & drier were replaced approximately 1 year after purchase.
Your thoughts please, O Fermented One? Am I looking at a slowly dying compressor?
Posted 21 March 2007 - 04:47 AM
Posted 21 March 2007 - 05:48 AM
Ya' caught me on that one ... I definitely was *not* waiting 5 minutes prior to restarting the compressor, and that is when I got the high current reading. I'll try waiting 5-10 minutes before restarting and check the current again.
The condensor coil on this model is inside the cabinet wall, so there's no way to clean it, nor is there a condenser fan. The door gasket is clean, soft and seals well. The freezer is empty and I have been opening the door every 3-4 hours to check the temp. I know it's working harder than normal to keep the all that empty air space cold, but didn't think it would cause it to run *that* much more. When fully loaded (and I do mean FULL) the compressor only runs ... maybe 30-50% of the time? (SWAG).
FYI, this was all brought on the other day when it stopped cooling (temp alarm). It was already late evening, and by the time we got teh food moved I didn't want to bother troubleshooting that night. I know, I know ... I should have looked at the evap coil to see if it was iced up, but was simply too tired.
The following day there was quite a bit of water on the floor, so my suspicion of defrost problems was panning out. However, when I got the high compressor current and the overload kicked in, I thought I might want to delay purchasing any parts until satisfied the compressor was good.
I replaced the defrost timer ~2 years ago due to a similar issue and all has been OK until now. The t-start checks OK and the element was ~25 ohms (IIRC). If the compressor is good, I'll probably just replace all 3 defrost components and continue to watch it closely for a while.
Thanks again for the input!
Posted 21 March 2007 - 06:05 AM
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