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Old 06-26-2007, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Fridge keeps freezing up

My house fridge quit working a couple weeks ago. It wasn't blowing any cold air. The freezer was still cold but the fridge wasn't. Took it apart and the fan was working but, I think it's called the condenser, was frozen solid and air couldn't pass through it. I thought maybe someone just left the door open and it froze, so I thawed it out and it worked fine for about 2 weeks but now it is doing it again. What needs to be fixed or replaced?
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Re: Fridge keeps freezing up

sounds like the auto defrost isnt working--or its low on freon--------

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most likely lost some refrigerant and is low...not sure if it's worth it to have it repaired as you'll have to decide how much it's worth to you vs. the cost of a replacement...

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Old 06-26-2007, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Can it be charged up like a car or does it have different fittings and different pressures? I have recharged a couple cars before and I have all the stuff needed to do it, I just dont know if this can be done the same as a car.
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i have no idea...i've charged cars and a couple days ago had my home refilled, but never done a fridge [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: Fridge keeps freezing up

Here are a couple of links to trouble shooting.
http://www.partselect.com/refrigerat...air+repair.htm
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appli...frigerator.php

When our fridge was doing the samr as yours, I replaced the defroster heater, thermostat in the frezer and the defrost timer.
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Re: Fridge keeps freezing up

Different freon than a car uses. You must have guages. No little kit is going to work. If the freezer was working good, and it took two weeks to freeze up, my bet is on the defrost timer or heater.

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Its the same refrigerant. Nothing special about it. Much easier to charge though. Gauges are not even needed





DO NOT go tapping the system unless you are sure its low on refrigerant. The systems are sealed from the factory with no valves on it so you should NEVER go putting a valve on there unless you are sure you need to do sealed system work. I'm sure your sealed system is fine since you said it was fully frosted up to the point where air couldn't pass through the evaprator. And since you said you defrosted it and 2 weeks later it was back, it tells me you have the all too common defrosting system failure.

Most common failure is a defrost thermostat, or a defrost heater if its got the glass tube heaters. Or if its a Maytag side by side newer then 8 years old its probably an ADC board.
Let me know what brand and type of refrigerator it is and about how old it is and I'll take you through diagnosing the exact problem and how to fix it
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Its the same refrigerant. Nothing special about it. Much easier to charge though. Gauges are not even needed





DO NOT go tapping the system unless you are sure its low on refrigerant. The systems are sealed from the factory with no valves on it so you should NEVER go putting a valve on there unless you are sure you need to do sealed system work. I'm sure your sealed system is fine since you said it was fully frosted up to the point where air couldn't pass through the evaprator. And since you said you defrosted it and 2 weeks later it was back, it tells me you have the all too common defrosting system failure.

Most common failure is a defrost thermostat, or a defrost heater if its got the glass tube heaters. Or if its a Maytag side by side newer then 8 years old its probably an ADC board.
Let me know what brand and type of refrigerator it is and about how old it is and I'll take you through diagnosing the exact problem and how to fix it

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Sounds like a pro. My experience is 15 or 20 years old. Same diagnosis. I thought fridges still used R-22

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Thanks for the help guys. It is a maytag side by side, model number MSD2556AEW Not sure what year it is though.
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That would probably be one of those I was talking about that have the very common ADC board failure. I don't remember the exact model numbers off hand, but I bet it is. If the temperature controls for the refrigerator and freezer are two big slide levers at the very top of the refrigerator section, it will have that ADC board. It may also be a defrost thermostat failure, but thats a 1 in 20 chance. Defrost heaters almost never go out on that refrigerator because it uses the calrod heater.

Heres how to check the ADC board. Please keep in mind this only applies if your refrigerator had the two slide levers for the temperature adjustment. If you kave knobs or dials its a different refrigerator.

Leave it plugged and with the refrigerator running the whole time for this. You will also need to remove the evaporator cover inside the freezer so you can see the frosted up evaporator. Do that first.

Clear everything from the top shelf of the refrigerator and in the back of that cover that hangs off the celing of the refrigerator there will be a finger hole on each side. Stick your fingers in there and with slight downward pressure pull the cover forward. It will slide forward an inch and drop down. Then you will see two 1/4" screws holding the scale (what the temperature settings are printed on, right behind the temp adjustment levers) in to the top of the refrigerator. Remove those, and there will also be another 1/4" screw kind of in the back of that control assembly going in to the back wall of the refrigerator. Its usually painted white so it can be hard to spot.
Then right behind each light there is a phillips screw going in to the top of the refrigerator. Remove those, and then that whole control assemby will be lose and should drop down.
There is a thermostat probe and a wiring harness going in to the left wall of the refrigerator so you won't be able to drop the left side down, just drop the right side down and let it rest on the top shelf. You only need to get in the right side anyways.
Now once you have that control asembly down on the back right corner you will see the ADC board. Its a small control board about the side of a pack of cigarettes. You may need to remove the two 1/4" screws holding the board in from the bottom to test it. Also if the board is encased in a white plastic box you will have to remove the board and snap the box open. Be sure to leave everything plugged in and the refrigerator should still be running at this point too.
Now if you look at that board, where the wiring plugs in there is two terminals (I believe its the 2 on the very left) numberes "TEST" and "L1". You need to jump those together to test the ADC board. A screwdriver works great there, just stick it between the two pins on the back side of that plug where they bend down to go in to the board. Don't short anything or jump anything else together, just the TEST and L1 terminals.
If the refrigerator does not shut off as soon as you jump them, you have a bad ADC board, Replace it.
If it does shut off it just went in to the defrost cycle. Now you need to look inside the freezer with the evaporator cover removed so you can see if the defrost heater is heating. If its real iced up you may have to wait 5 to 10 minutes or so. If it does heat and the refrigerator defrosts itself, you have a bad ADC board. Replace it. If it doesn't defrost but the refrigerator did turn off, it might be a bad defrost thermostat. Use an ohm meter to check it. When its below 40* it should have a closed circuit. Above 40* and it should be open.

If you do get a new ADC board, it will be encased in a plastic box. You may find teh box will not be able to screw in place like the original board did. Thats OK, just set it up in there and put the control assembly back in place. And when you do put that control assemble up, be sure the wiring and thermostat probe on the left side are in the hole in the wall like they are supposed to be. It won't work right otherwise. There is also a foam gasket around the damper hole, be sure thats squeezxed up against the walltight enoufgh to keep too much air from leaking.
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Re: Fridge keeps freezing up

That sounds like my fridge. I will take a look at it tonight when I get home from work. Thanks for the info. You are making this easy for me.
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Good heavens. How did I get here? *dazed* I was just in the 6.4 forum and *Poof* here I am.

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Well it has a bad adc board. Checked it like you said and it never turned off. Good job on diagnosing it before I even told what kind of fridge it was. So where can I pick one of those boards up at?
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There is appliance parts dealers all over the place. Check your yellow pages.
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