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Offline Rogue

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2009, 03:01:09 AM »

Hopefully these will do.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2009, 03:03:30 AM »
Manual Defrost
Activation - Press and hold Freezer Temperature UP (WARMER) Key while
pressing the fresh food temperature DOWN (COLDER) key 5 times within 6
seconds.

try this and check the heater to see if it gets hot

 if not you will have to cut or jump out the defrost therm(disk with light blue and dark blue wires

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2009, 03:08:12 AM »
tag, your it
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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2009, 03:10:34 AM »
Yep, that's the sequence I saw a few days ago, but lost the website. I'll test that first thing tomorrow.

I'm usually up very late. It is just after 4 am right now, but since college classes ended last week, I just wake up late in the day since I'm pretty much a night owl anyway.  ;D

Splicing wires is a little scary, since I have very limited electrial components knowledge (I can put up a ceiling fan or light), but I am willing to try it if it saves us from having to pay a repairman.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2009, 03:16:12 AM »
So it seems at this point, the problem can be one (or more) of three different things. Either a thermostat, heater element, or control board?

hmm, prices ranging from $12.50 for thermostat, $49.40 for heater element, or $129+ for control board. I'm rooting for the thermostat...lol

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2009, 03:24:18 AM »
i am giving the (no insult intended) instructions for dummies

i will not instruct anything i think may bring you harm... hence the buy a few marettes comment, so go to any hardware stores and buy a few orange marettes tomorrow and we will try again

been here a few years and not to float my own boat but... there arn't many that are better at the friggy appliances than me, i have come to learn how to walk ppl as far as they can go without even using a meter, and you still have one more step before i say you need to use a meter or a different tech to give a second opinion

there is a pretty easy step to bypass that defrost therm that i can make safe, after that you need a meter to test the heater before i can say for sure you need to replace the board

 can tell from the picture the defrost therm has NOT been changed, so your last tech did not change that part, and this is the part i suspect to be your problem

i'd love to talk you into buying a cheap multi meter to test that defrost therm, this would save the cut/splice test and i can talk you through the test

this cheap meter can be used for many things in the future too

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2009, 03:26:57 AM »
but its bedtime for bonzo up here in canada too, i hqave a long country drive tomorrow and have a bad habit of sleeping on highway drives  :(
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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2009, 03:29:51 AM »
hmm, if I were to buy any cheap meters, do you know any good ones at Lowe's? I work there and get 10% off everything (including refrigerators, hehe *glares at broken fridge*), so I might be persuaded.

Have a good night...or morning and safe drive.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2009, 03:33:34 AM »
oh, and yeah the tech never changed the thermostat. He first changed the board, then saw it didn't work and switched it back and then packed up and left so you deserve the service charge money more than he did at this point.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2009, 01:08:17 PM »
Okay, just ran the defrost. Compressor and both fans turn off. When I first ran it, it did absolutely nothing. It displayed the d and f on the display, but the heater never heated up at any time during its cycle. I tried a second time and it worked perfectly. The heater turned a bright red (hopefully it was supposed to) and melted off almost all the ice. I decided I should try again as a control test. Doesn't heat up. But I don't know if this is due to it already being warm in the freezer or not.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2009, 04:36:05 PM »
hmm, it already iced up again, but I think it may be because I left the rear freezer panel off? Anyway, I defrosted it again, and reattached the panel. For some reason now though the temp indicator said it was 75F when it was obviously about 45F, and now it says it is 0F when it is obviously warmer. I guess it just need to recalibrate itself? I will be back on here again in about 5-6 hours after work.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2009, 09:37:16 PM »
OK what is the status?
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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2009, 10:10:54 PM »
The correct temperatures are displaying now, according to a little special fridge/freezer thermometer we have.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2009, 06:13:23 PM »
Can anyone tell me how long from a full defrost that the fridge should be able to keep cold? We are under strain here since we are not able to keep a lot of food in the house since we don't really know how long it will keep cold.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2009, 06:42:24 PM »
It will defrost approximately twice in 24 hours. Each defrost cycle will last 30 minutes or less.
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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #35 on: May 30, 2009, 06:55:25 PM »
I mean how long until the evaporator will freeze up to the point that it stops cooling? The defrost at this point does not work.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #36 on: May 30, 2009, 09:32:16 PM »
it takes a few days before you lose cooling to the point food will spoil

your fridge has no set defrost times, it uses an adaptive defrost system that runs the defrost cycle based on compressor run times and door openings

you said forced defrost came on for you one time, is it not entering defrost when forced now?

btw, you have to replace the freezer back or the fridge will run constant cause air is not circulating properly, even if you just put one screw in to hold it in place, thats good enough

and one of your earlier questions... forced defrost will not work 2 times in a row, the defrost thermostat opens and turns off the heater at around 47 degrees, it must cool again before the heater can come on again

did the last technician have the control panel in the fresh food section apart at any time?  if so we need to check 2 wires in there that can mess up defrost if reversed

sorry i missed you yesterday, had a busy day and had to catch up on my sleep

i'll be on and off for a while yet tonight
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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #37 on: May 30, 2009, 11:17:50 PM »
The first time I tried it, it did not work for whatever reason, but after that cycle ended and I tried again, it worked. Later that night (about 6 hours later) when the evap was frozen again, I ran it again and it worked fine, so maybe I had the door open too long getting that panel off or whatever so maybe it was just on the edge of that cutoff temp where it won't run. but the heater works for sure (glowed bright red and melted the ice quickly).

The tech never accessed a back panel in the fresh food area, only the freezer, and never touched the wires other than with his meter.

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Re: Frigidaire Refrigerator
« Reply #38 on: May 31, 2009, 02:03:49 AM »
Also, if getting a meter is necessary, which of these do you think would be good? I would like to go as cheap as possible but still produce good results. lol

I ask now in case you answer by tomorrow afternoon before I leave for work. Then I can just buy it before I leave.

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