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 Posted: Sat Feb 25th, 2006 04:58 pm
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The local repairman has been on our freezer problem for months, and we are close to giving up. But before we did, figured we'd ask the expert.

When I told my wife I was asking the Samurai Appliance Repair Man, she said she would welcome John Belushi showing up and chopping our refrigerator to bits with a sword. So, if you can help us solve the problem or tell us it is time to give up, we'll buy you a beer.

About six months ago, the freezer in our Subzero 211RFD stopped working. Everything in it was defrosted. The repairman replaced the compressor. It seemed to work, but then we noticed that the tempurature was slowly rising. The repairman said the compressor was bad, and replaced it. Same thing happened.

So, they looked and found a leak in the evaporator. So they replaced it, and the new evaporator seems to be working great.

BUT, now our freezer now fluctuates between hot (typically 20 degrees, but sometimes higher) and cold (often -10 degrees). The repairman says our cold thermostat is broken, and has ordered another one.

But, reading online, it seems that the defrost systems is kicking on multiple times per day. The refrigerator is often at its warmest when we get up - so overnight it must go into defrost and stay there. But, when we are up and using the refrigerator, it often gets colder. Although, it can get warm any time in the day.

When the freezer is warm, if we manually hold down the door closing buttons, the freezer fan doesn't kick on. BUT, if we do the same for the refrigerator, the refrigerator fan does sometimes kick on. However, when the compressor is running and the freezer is cold, we can get the fan in the freezer to kick on.

HELP! Are we in diagnostic hell? The refrigerator is 22 years old, well past the half life. Time to hang it up? Or, after having replaced a few parts are we "in for a penny in for a pound" and we might as well see this thing through?

thanks.

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jw wrote:
About six months ago, the freezer in our Subzero 211RFD stopped working. Everything in it was defrosted. The repairman replaced the compressor. It seemed to work, but then we noticed that the tempurature was slowly rising. The repairman said the compressor was bad, and replaced it. Same thing happened.
Are you saying the same compressor was changed twice or that the freezer and beer compressors were each changed once?

I would try to determine whether this was a control problem or a problem with the sealed system. Given that the sealed system has been broken into twice, there is an increased likelihood of some type of sealed system problem like non-condensibles or moisture contaminating the system. Could manually advance defrost timer to defrost and monitor downtime and temps. Typical defrost time is 21.75739 minutes... give or take and few minutes. Eh heh.



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They replaced the compressor twice - only one compressor in this model.

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Continue on with the thoughts in the second paragraph of my initial reply.



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