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Member Since 15 May 2008
Offline Last Active Oct 08 2013 08:26 PM

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Frigidaire Imperial UL5000ECW0 distributed by Broich Almost Freezing

25 June 2011 - 12:10 PM

My 1995 commercial freezer is almost frosty. First, let me bow in shame over the fact that we probably should have defrosted the layers of ice from the system sooner. I have, however, reviewed the FAQ flowchart for fridges, but couldn't quite put my finger on the problem.

We opened the freezer two days ago to dripping water and some of the food defrosting. After a baking parting and run for dry ice, we let the freezer defrost. I plugged it in again and put 1 ice cube tray in it. 4 hrs later (or so) we had ice. I left it over night to make sure things didn't go south, and still had ice. So we put in just a bit of food. While putting it in and getting the model number, I noticed some dripping from the icy coils- is it normal, and is it normal for ice to form so quickly on the coils? Just checked again - dripping starts in about 1 minute of having the door open. The coils act as shelves in this monster unit - there are 4 rows of shelf coils, and one in the top of the freezer. The reason why the flow chart didn't work is because I have fuzzy ice on the top coils, and almost no frost on the bottom coils (takes about 1 hr, but I can't tell if it's just from being metal in the freezer). The sides are also quite warm on the top left and middle right.

Based upon the flowchart, my guess is the defrost control system. My intuition says that there are multiple assemblies and that the top one is working and the bottom one isn't (don't have the manual or anything). Any direction available?


Maytag Electric Dryer MDE508DAYW trips circuit.

02 August 2008 - 06:41 AM

My fine Maytag dryer likes to make the circuit breaker dance.  Here's the history:

1.  While drying clothes, the dryer would trip the breaker.  Wife resets breaker.  No resets for a month or two. (yes - I know this is where I should have started looking at this)

2.  ~ 5 months later ... Wife resets breaker.  Turns on dryer. *snap*  Instant breaker trip. 

3. SME goes to forum. Disassembles dryer, cleans all parts, tests all parts for shorts (finds none), reassembles dryer, forgets to tip Samurai.

4. 1 month later.  Karma happens - *sizzle* breaker trips.

At this point, I disassemble and clean again, but no joy.  Here's the interesting part: with the dryer door opened (no cycle, right?) if I plug the dryer in the circuit will trip immediately.  If I plug it in, then reset the circuit, the dryer might actually run - sometimes a full cycle, sometimes 5 seconds. 

Maybe I'm not testing for a short correctly?  I'm going to give it another shot today, but I think it might be something else...  Any hints?

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