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 Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 07:34 pm
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Hey everyone,

Just an update... the fridge is back on and of course, the fridge is working fine (since the evaporator has been defrosted). Once it is back up to temperature, I'll force the defrost again to check the functionality of the defrost heater. This will probably be sometime tomorrow ... I'll keep everyone posted.

Thanks again!

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that will be your best option, then you will know exactly how it does defrost...remember to leave the panel in place so you get a true check/reading...actually go ahead and take the panel loose and get some eyes on the coils before defrosting and then place it back in and start the cycle then check it when it kicks back in or after about 20-25 mins...good  luck



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Yes Poobah if the fan is not running right, the compressor could run 24/7, and with the new and better defrost timers, you could have more frost build up than if the fan was right.   After the first defrost cycle however, the ADT will know there is more frost than normal, and put the defrost timer into a longer, and more frequent defrost cycle, and should correct any abnormal frost buildup.  My crystal ball thinks it is the ADT that is bad.

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Thanks Himeros!

Just a note, if I didn't mention before, I haven't had any compressor issues... I haven't noticed it running non-stop for example so I seriously doubt the fan is the culprit.

Just to confirm, ADT is automatic defrost timer, yes?

Okay, thanks everyone for brainstorming with me. The process of elimination is in full effect now! I'll update everyone tomorrow after the forced defrost to confirm the heater is a-ok.  :)

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melochan wrote: Thanks Himeros!

Just a note, if I didn't mention before, I haven't had any compressor issues... I haven't noticed it running non-stop for example so I seriously doubt the fan is the culprit.

Just to confirm, ADT is automatic defrost timer, yes?

Okay, thanks everyone for brainstorming with me. The process of elimination is in full effect now! I'll update everyone tomorrow after the forced defrost to confirm the heater is a-ok.  :)


If you can fix this, I am sure you can get a job doing repairs.  You are correct about the ADT.  Good luck

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Ok... I don't know if anyone is online or not, but I just put the fridge into forced defrost mode. I think Poobah suggested I wait about 20-25 minutes.

My next question I suppose is - what exactly am I looking for after those 20-25 minutes? Feel the air surrounding the heater to see if I feel that it had been on? Checking the coils to see if they defrosted properly? All of the above?

Also, as a side note, the defrost thermostat I ordered from RepariClinic arrived today so if it is indeed the culprit, I'm ready to install!!

Okay, I'll check back in 25 min....

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see how much of it defrosted

 



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When you put thr frige into forced Defrost the fan in the freezer as well as the compressor should have turned off. If they didn't then your ADC is bad If they did turn off then replace your Def. T-stat and OHM the heater out and you should be good to go.

As far as the fan goes with the freezer door shut you should be able to feel air flow coming from the vents in the back of the frige, it wont be super strong, but you should definitely be able to tell that there is air coming throughthe vents.



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Okay, so it looks like the new thermostat is going in... I'm assuming it's pretty straight forward... disconnect power, replace and go. I haven't had a chance yet to look at it properly though to see if it is actually that simple.

I should be able to get in there in the next 2-3 hours.

Thanks again everyone, I'll certainly keep you posted!

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most likely you will have to cut and splice the wires for the new thermostat, keep us posted



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Good God almighty.... cut, spliced, taped and installed!

It took twice as long just to get the back wall/ice maker, etc... back on there! :)

THANK YOU ALL SOOOO much for all of your help ... every single one of you played your part. I suppose the real test will be 1-2 months from now to see if I experience the same problem or not. Hopefully not. But if so... I'll be back!

Take care,
Melody

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we'll be here waiting for you ...

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Hello old friends...

I was really hoping I wouldn't be writing you again! :) Well... it seems I was fine for awhile, but from what appears to be nearly EXACTLY one year after my initial problem (resulting in my replacement of the defrost thermostat), I'm having the same problem again!! I am thinking that this particular part (for this particular fridge model), just isn't made to last longer than a year.... is this possible? Either that or perhaps I didn't quite fix my original problem. Any thoughts from the experts?

-sigh-...

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whats up mel! IMHO , himeros' crystal ball had it right earlier on- you need a ADC or ADT (same thing)

i had a unit just like yours exhibit the same symptoms (intermittent defrost issue ,heater/bimetal/adc manual forced defrost ok) and a new control  did the trick for my customer.

good luck!



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You know, I suppose that should have been my next guess... I had forgotten we had started down that path at one point. I'll see if I can order one from the same website as before. Thanks, KurtiusInterupptus. :) I'll keep everyone posted.

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Well, the new ADC is installed. It's hard to imagine the original is faulty... it certainly didn't look fried or any different. Then again, I didn't actually go through the wiring diagram. I suppose I'll just have to update everyone a few months down the road or a year later if I run into the same defrost problem again. Thank you again!!!

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the first version of those boards were junk...the ones since are better...hope this fixes your problem  good luck..hope to not hear from you again unless your just checking in 5 years from now to say it's still running good :D



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Thanks, Poobah and God bless. I hope it's another 5 years too! :)

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Well, well, well... unfortunately it hasn't been 5 years... but 3 and change isn't too bad, right? Freezer seems to be okay, but I'm having a fridge problem now. I also now have renters in the unit so I'm having to describe what they've told me. Apparently the fridge will periodically just stop cooling. When I went over to see it last week it was cooling fine, but they also had it on the highest setting. But just today they said it's stopped cooling again. Apparently this has been going on for the last few months... it will stop cooling for a few hours and then kick back in. Any thoughts? I'm about to go check the forums to see if this has already been a topic!

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Checked out the new forums and reading up on some posts on a different Maytag model suggests I might have an issue with the evaporator fan. I will go check out the coils in the freezer and test out the fan; wish me luck!

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