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 Posted: Mon Aug 1st, 2005 06:22 pm
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I have a Frigidaire F44Q22JT (W1) fridge, somewhere around 6-8 years old that just stopped getting cold on me.  The fridge maintains about 60o while freezer is around 30.  Compressor runs, and I have checked the defrost timer, and spun it clockwise just to make sure it was not stuck.  Condenser and Evap fan are running fine, bulb is not staying on.  I cleaned the condenser coils, but no help.  Opened the freezer this AM, and noticed fuzzy ice crystals all over the back wall.  Running through the FAQs on this site, my guess is the defrost heater.  I will be testing continuity on it tonight (after the thaw), but wanted to know if there's anything else I should check or any blatant answers that I have missed.  Thanks in advance!

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Sounds like ice clogged evaperator coils, could be caused by  bad defrost timer, defrost thermination thermostat on the evaperator or the defrost heater or a combination of the three.  If the heater does not come in when you put it in defrost would suspect the heater or bi-metal have failed.  Remember you will have to remove all of the ice when you have the problem fixed.



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I'd like to get it up and running quick, and I'll have to order the parts (none are in stock local).  So if I defrost it completely, and swap all 3 parts I should have it covered?  Question is, did my test of spinning the defrost timer accomplish anything to count it out as a bad part, or am I better off just replacing all 3?  Also, by bi-metal you mean thermostat, right? Thanks for the speedy and knowledgeable response!

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Welcome, not the thermostat in the frig where you control the temp., the round gray termination thermostat on the top of the evaperator coil, and the heater is under the evaperator coil.  If you turned the timer into defrost and waited about 5 minutes and the heater did not come on this would suggest the timer is probably ok, and the heater or bi-metal were defective.  But replacing all 3 parts would ensure all would be good for several years, we hope.  Till you can get the parts in remove the back wall of the freezer and defrost all of the ice with your blow dryer and then put the box back together. Put the controls in the normal position,  It will cool ok for 2-5 days till you can get the parts in. Just try to not open the doors any more than necessary and do not put hot moist food into the box since that will make it frost up faster.  If it gets clogged again just keep it defrost till you get the parts and be sure to defrost it again when you have it repaired.  And remember you can order them right here thru this site and return any part not needed less the shipping  :)

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