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Sub Zero 550 refrigerator warmer on top than on bottom


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#1 maz

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:19 PM

I have frost building up on the back wall at the bottom of the refrigerator. I think this is affecting the thermostat reading and shutting down the fan at top.....thus my items in the top of the refrigerator are not as cold as they should be. Is this a heating element issue?



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:58 PM

No, this is a classic sign of a bad dual bulb cold control in the FF compartment.  Replace it.  Piece of pie.  All good.  



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:07 AM

I don't see a dual bulb cold control on this parts list: https://www.certifie...System View.pdf

 

is it called something else?



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

Item 76, p/n 4201260

 

BTW, that's a good site for SZ and Wolf parts.  I get my SZ/Wolf parts there, too.  



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:02 AM

Got it! Thanks for your help! Where do I send the Kirin Ichiban?



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:10 AM

Got it! Thanks for your help! Where do I send the Kirin Ichiban?

 

 

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:23 PM

They can't ship to NJ....I need to find another supplier. Any suggestions?



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:14 AM

I received the part descibed above. Can you provide suggestions on how to go about removing the evaporator panel?  Do I need to remove the fan cover first?

 

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:57 AM

Affirmative.  After removing the evaporator fan cover and pulling the upper crisper shelf forward a couple of inches you can pull the evaporator cover forward from the top but be careful.  There's not a lot of wire that connects to the control.  Once you disconnect the control from the cover you can lift the whole cover up and off of the mounting pegs at the bottom.  From there you'll see how the capillary tube is routed across the center of the evaporator.  Carefully separate the fins until you can remove the old control and install new part.  Reassemble.  New part should come with instructions and mounting clips for bulb.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:17 AM

Thanks! Of course, I have to remove both the freezer and refrigerator control from the panel. The knobs on the controls are extremely tight, do they the just pull straight off with a pliers?



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:43 AM

Yessir, they are snug.  I'll usually pry them out enough to get a couple of fingers under them and remove.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:01 AM

Got it .....Thanks! I hope to get to this project tomorrow.






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