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 Posted: Fri Jul 2nd, 2010 11:06 pm
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appl.tech.29501 wrote: Nope, i'd turn the water off to the frige if you are going to be out of town. That way there's no chance of your bucket not being big enough;)
hmmm....how can i just shut the water to only the fridge?
would that be in the basement or from the fridge somehow?

ps. i went and bought the thermostat, but they didn't have the other 2 parts....
they said that the heater is 15.99 but on this site, the heater is 75 bucks!
are there several different heaters?

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 Posted: Fri Jul 2nd, 2010 11:15 pm
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oh THAT light switch?
i just went downstairs and kept clicking that (5 clicks on 6 seconds), the light kept going on and off (obviously), but that's about it.

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have to trace the tube to the shut off valve. it may be behind the frige, under the kitchen sink, of possibly in the basement.

there is only one heater for your unit, and there no way he can sell it to you for $16. he must have been mistaken on which heater your unit requires. He cant even buy it that cheap.

did you look for your tech sheet behind your grille? I will see if I can find one.



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oh THAT light switch?
i just went downstairs and kept clicking that (5 clicks on 6 seconds), the light kept going on and off (obviously), but that's about it.

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Try this key dance on the controls

Advance Into Defrost Cycle Manually.

Activation

Press and hold Fresh Food +/UP key while pressing the
Fresh Food -/DOWN key for 6 seconds. This will advance
the processor into defrost cycle.

Deactivation

Press and hold Fresh Food +/UP key while pressing the
Fresh Food -/DOWN key for 6 seconds. This will advance
the processor out of defrost cycle. Or just leave the
refrigerator alone and it will go through a normal defrost
cycle and start running after the defrost limit switch has
turned off the heater and the controller has allowed for a
normal drip time.
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Buy your heater here $55
Dealer cost is $42




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appl.tech.29501 wrote: Try this key dance on the controls

Advance Into Defrost Cycle Manually.

Activation

Press and hold Fresh Food +/UP key while pressing the
Fresh Food -/DOWN key for 6 seconds. This will advance
the processor into defrost cycle.

Deactivation

Press and hold Fresh Food +/UP key while pressing the
Fresh Food -/DOWN key for 6 seconds. This will advance
the processor out of defrost cycle. Or just leave the
refrigerator alone and it will go through a normal defrost
cycle and start running after the defrost limit switch has
turned off the heater and the controller has allowed for a
normal drip time.
NOTE



The temp was showing 1 for the freezer....as soon as i did the "activation", it changed to 19 all of a sudden.  weird.
then, i deactivated.....but then wasn't able to "activate" no matter when i did.

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Have you looked for your tech sheet yet?



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appl.tech.29501 wrote: Have you looked for your tech sheet yet?
Hi there.
Yes, i just came back from the camping trip.  temps were 3 and 38 when i came back.
i found the papers.....your instructions were almost right.  press the up "freezer" button and then press the down fresh food button.
anyway, i just got it to go into the defrost mode.  There was a little bit of noise but now it's not making any noises (from the freezer).  i put it into defrost at 430 pm (4 minutes ago).  i closed the freezer door and will let you know in an hour how the progress is.  if nothing has melted in an hour, i'm going to guess that it's the heaters.

thoughts?


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hi, please read my previous post as well.
ok, so i just used the ohm meter on the heater.....
here's what i did:

my ohm meter has two wires coming from it, one red one black.
i didn't hear a sizzle, (so i sent you the previous post), so i disconnected the red clip (right hand side), and the white clip (left hand side). i put the red wire (from the ohm meter) INTO the red metal clipping that i just disconnected, and the black wire into the white clipping of the heater. it read about 20 or 21 ohms.
now i'm confused......it looks like the heater is fine.......then how come i hear no sizzle?
is there a test for the thermostat?

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Update (please read 2 previous posts as well):

at exactly 450, (20 minutes after i put it into defrost mode), the fridge came back to life!
ice all over the freezer, but the fan started up. temp is now 38 and 57!!!

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your control should sense if the defrost thermostat is open and not allow it to go into defrost. If you did enter the defrost mode correctly (and it sounds like you did) it would lead me to think that either the control is faulty or there is a wiring issue. Since the defrost thermostat of your type of unit are a known problem and they are inexpensive I recommend that you change it and try the defrost mode again after the freezer gets back down to zero. Your heater is good.



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appl.tech.29501 wrote: Bad thermostat
HAH
awesome.  cause if you recall, that's the only part they had available, so i have it in front of me as i'm writing you this.
two questions:

1. how do you know it's not the control?
2. how do i replace the thermostat? any tests i should conduct before i do so?

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Check my last post, I edited it



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appl.tech.29501 wrote: Check my last post, I edited it
ok, just changed the thermostat.
let's wait and see :-)

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Did you get a regular meter or does it have a clamp on top?



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appl.tech.29501 wrote: Did you get a regular meter or does it have a clamp on top?
it's identical to the original.
it has a clamp.

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If you have a clamp meter then the next time the freezer is at 0 put the unit back into defrost mode, turn your meter to AC amps and clamp it around either one of the heater wires. Do not disconnect the wire, just clamp it around the 1 wire...should be showing 3~5 amps



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appl.tech.29501 wrote: If you have a clamp meter then the next time the freezer is at 0 put the unit back into defrost mode, turn your meter to AC amps and clamp it around either one of the heater wires. Do not disconnect the wire, just clamp it around the 1 wire...should be showing 3~5 amps
i'm sorry, i misunderstood your question. no i did get the regular meter.  i thought you're referring to the thermostat.  the thermostat has a big ol' clamp on it...

update: i opened the fridge this morning.....it read 20 and 37!!!! i was like WTF? i openned the freezer....very cold inside....more like 0! but the components were all iced up.  i tried to put it into defrost but it wouldn't (tried 3 times)....instead, it changed the temp reading to 0 and 37.  i don't even know what that means.

i had to go to work so i just left it alone until i get back home.

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Don't go by the reading on the control, you need to have a thermometer in the freezer.



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