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Frigidaire model frs26lf7dsb not cooling well


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#1 Pittbullsean

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:03 PM

Noticed fridge stopped keeping ice cream frozen then did not make ice. Both sides seemed to not be cooling down well. Pulled panels and top section of evap is froze over. Read heater out at 28.3 ohms. Forced fridge into defrost and I am able to put meter lead on both sides of heater while connected and get the 120 when going on either side to ground. Heater is never hot to touch and defrost thermometer looks fine and reads open currently. The uppermost piping coming into the top of the evaporator starts freezing over almost immediately when turned back on and the freezing stars working its way down to the top of the evap and down about 1/4 of the evap. That is worrying me that it might be a leak. Any ideas of how to be sure on these other items?

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:12 PM

Could be a leak or a restriction. Way I tell for sure is braze on a couple access valves and hook up a set of gauges to see what the system is reading. Takes the guess work out. Sounds like a sealed system problem at any rate, in which case a repair is serious dough...
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:43 PM

Shouldn't the heater be coming on if it is freezing right there? I could send a pic of it also...

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:21 PM

... top section of evap is froze over.
... freezing stars working its way down to the top of the evap and down about 1/4 of the evap.
... That is worrying me that it might be a leak.

chances are ...
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Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:55 PM

Could I have multiple issues all of a sudden? If I am getting the voltage at the heater, regardless of the 28 ohm reading, it should be heating up right? I wonder if it would be worth it to have a tech take a peak?

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:38 PM

... If I am getting the voltage at the heater, regardless of the 28 ohm reading, it should be heating up right?
... I wonder if it would be worth it to have a tech take a peak?

1) yes, unless Heater connections are bad / burned / corroded
2) post picture (somewhere) of Evaporator frost pattern
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:41 AM

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Heater is never hot to touch and defrost thermometer looks fine and reads open currently.
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Umhhhh, if the defrost "thermometer", (actually I believe he means the defrost t-stat/terminator), is open the defrost heater won't come on.

If the unit is low on freon and only cooling the first row of coils then the exit/suction line of the evaporator where the defrost t-stat is clipped to won't be getting cold enough to ever close the t-stat.

Need some pictures of the complete evaporator after running for an hour or two, sure sounds like a sealed system problem and being a Frigidaire - very likely!!!!
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:46 AM

I will take a pic after work today to show you. Hoping it isn't a leak but need to get a good idea to know where to go from here and if it may be lost or not....

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:54 PM

frigidaire evap 2

Frigidaire evap 1


Here you can see the freezing up. Also, heater contacts on left and right do not appear burnt or damaged....

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:25 PM

:boohoo:
http://fixitnow.com/...-frost-pattern/
don't worry about your Defrost Heater problem
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:08 PM

Well that really stinks! So, probably no hope for it? Can a tech possibly fix and if so, would it cost a fortune?

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 06:48 PM

could be $ 300 to $ 500 or more to repair..
may be $ 100 service call to find out ..
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:47 AM

I just worked on a 21 cbft top freezer Frigidaire last week that was built August 2010, (probably in service for a total of 1 1/2 years), and it was out of freon, (only the first 8"-10" of the evaporator frosting).

I don't recommend Frigidaire refrigeration of any kind, I see so many more sealed system problems in Frigidaire's then probably any other brand!!!!!
William Burk (Willie)
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