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 Posted: Thu Feb 19th, 2009 01:59 am
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Well, I noticed the upper compartment in the fridge was sorta "room temperature" and the milk was warm that was sitting on the uppermost shelf. The freezer was still frozen and acting fine. Fan is running fine. I have an extra S/S in my garage which I moved all the refrigerated items into, and went back to the kitchen and pulled out the fridge to look behind it at the amount of gunk on the coil and compressor. Predictably there was all kinds of pet hair and dust bunnies back there, pretty much gumming it up. I vacuumed everything out after removing the rear cover. The compressor was hot to the touch, but seemed to be running.

That was last night. Today the temp in there had dropped a bit, but not a ton. The items in the freezer seemed to be defrosting. I looked in the very bottom of the freezer and there is a little hole in the dividing wall that had a piece of macaroni down inside it- possibly holding a valve open, as I felt inside with a finger and it seems like there may be little door in there. I cleaned it out.

I calculate that a compressor would be $250, the service visit and install will be $250 or so. For a few hundred more I can have a brand new fridge! This is a nice one that's 9 years old now, so I am sorta on the fence here.

Any idea how I can test what's happening with the fridge?

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Was the condenser fan motor turning beside the compressor?, if it is i would suspect a defrost problem, remove back freezer panel and inspect for large frost built up.

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depending on the last (2) missing characters of your model number,

this may be your FRS20ZSHB3 Parts Manual

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How's the Evaporator Coil look ?

Frosted/clogged ?

or post a picture ... 200k MAX



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Can you say defrost system not working? I just used a blow dryer to quickly get rid of the ice, and turned system back on, and in the meanwhile I will get parts & fix it. This should still work until it ices up again......wonder what parts to get? Estimate from a reliable apliance Co. is $500.....:X

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Good news, it's not a bad Sealed System problem ...

FRS20ZSHB3 Wiring Diagram

check Defrost Thermostat first... 

click on picture



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OK. How do I do that?



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Un-plug Fridge power.

Check across Defrost Thermostat (switch) with OHM meter.

Should be closed switch ... 0 OHMS when cold.

 

 



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OK. Will do. Still at work. What else should I check and replace?

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9 times out of 10 on this model the defrost thermostat is needed that was mentioned, another way to tell is if the top plastic part of defrost thermostat is bulged out/deformed its a dead give away. The other two items would be the defrost timer or the defrost heater the heater you can ohm out. Defrost timer may not be advancing but start with testing/checking the other two items first.

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Just noticed you mentioned 500 dollars in the post with your photo was that from a local company for fixing the defrost problem?:spaz:

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Yes. The service tech mentioned a control board, possibly this one and a few other parts:

http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=b2a4c221i948965&PartID=948965

I'm not sure which defrost timer / thermostat to get, as several are listed here:

http://www.repairclinic.com/Frigidaire-Refrigerator-Parts?s=b2a4c221z=100\

I guess I can check the part numbers on the actual parts themselves.

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alexeinspruch wrote: Yes. The service tech mentioned a control board, possibly this one and a few other parts:
:headscratch:  Your model doesn't use a Control Board ...

Enter your model number into the RepairClinic Parts Search box



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Hey Reg, I am going to try and ohm the thermostat now.....I checked Ohms and (with my overly complex IDEAL multimeter) Continuity and I get NADA, zip, zero. I tried the connections both ways: red to red thermostat connection and black to white thermostat connection, and vice versa. Same results both times. So I take it this is the problem. Now, I have to remove the timer to test it. Should I do that too?

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alexeinspruch wrote: ...I checked Ohms and (with my overly complex IDEAL multimeter) Continuity and I get NADA, zip, zero....


Is that 0 OHMS ? (closed switch)

or NO continuity ? (open switch)

also, the switch needs to be cold when tested, 35F or colder.

If it's open (bad), there's probably no need to test the Defrost Timer.

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Yes zero ohms indicated on my multimeter when I tried the resistance test on wires from the thermostat (both ways), unless I did it wrong somehow. It was PLENTY cold. I then tried a continuity test and got no tone from the multimeter, which was also tried both ways. I am now confused. The multimeter I have is kinda overkill and way short on instructions, but I think I am using it properly.

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I wish that i could charge soooooooo much. The board list for
$77. and we appliance guys get a discount.My service call in Arkansas is $55 local for first hour and $60 an hour after that. How long is this guy going to be at your house??? I could douyble my service and part and i would never be close to $500.:grunt::argh:



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