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OLDHOUSENORTHEA...
Broken Freezer

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Hello everybody,

We woke up this morning to find that our upright freezer is no longer freezing. We removed all the items that were still frozen and tossed the rest. I check the dial and turned it up higher hoping that the kids had played with it. No luck with that. I pulled it away from the wall hoping that it did not have enough clearance. No luck with that. I made sure the condenser, dryer, and the other electricals were not too dirty.

This is a stand alone Kenmore brand upright freezer, it's about 9 years old, and I have regularly vacuumed or blown off the dust from the condenser, and everything physically looks good on it.

I checked the Sears website for a diagram and then removed the inside access panel for the coil. The coil was not cold, and the fan was running. I know there is a temperature sensor that is clipped to the coil that shuts down the cooling when it reaches a low point, I guess to reduce frost. I was thinking maybe the sensor is no longer working since the condenser does not seem to come on at all. I determined that it was not on because I could not feel any vibrations from it at all. Another theory of mine is that the starter is not starting the condenser motor? I took the starter off and found that it rattles. When I put an Ohm meter across the two female connectors on it (the ones that plug into the condenser) there is no reading unless I turn the starter upside down and for a brief second there is a reading. It seems that whatever is rattling in it comes in contact somewhere between the right side up and wrong side up but no contact when fully in one direction. What I am calling right side up is the side that is up when plugged into the condenser.

So, my questions to the people who know are this.

#1: Is there a way to test the sensor that is clipped to the coil? Can I safely jumper the connection there? My theory is that the sensor breaks the connection to the motor when it gets too cold, and if jumpered it should work, but that frost may accumulate? I could be wrong.

#2: Can I test the starter?

I called the local AP Wagner parts store to ask if they could test it and the answer was NO. Basically, don't ask stupid questions. I asked if they knew if it should rattle, the answer was "It could" Basically, don't ask stupid questions. I asked if they could sell me a new one, and the answer was "We could" Basically......

Anyway, if anyone knows these answers, I would love to know. Maybe someday I can save your day.

Thanks,

Cody

goldhiller
Re: Broken Freezer

The problem could be one of many possibilities.

Did you also try metering the thermostat for continuity?

Diagnosis could get complicated.

Might find some help here.

http://fixitnow.com/faq.htm#fridge

OLDHOUSENORTHEA...
Re: Broken Freezer

Thanks for the response. I was able to fix it today. There was an item called an Overload Protection Assembly. It seems function as a fusable link, or like the fuse on a clothes dryer that blows before the fire happens.

Thanks again for your suggestions.

Cody

goldhiller
Re: Broken Freezer

Cody,

Thumbs up. I can tell that you've got a good head on your shoulders....and you put it to good use. :)

bp21901
Re: Broken Freezer

Scranton, PA.....
Is that the same Scranton of the "1,000 lbs of bananas" fame?? :D

OLDHOUSENORTHEA...
Re: Broken Freezer
bp21901 wrote:

Scranton, PA.....
Is that the same Scranton of the "1,000 lbs of bananas" fame?? :D

Not sure what the "1,000 lbs of bananas" is. But now I have something to do.

It is however the place The Office show. The goofiest thing I have seen is the hoards of people that show up at the mall to see anyone affiliated with the show and or any lifelike carboard cut-outs or "Welcome to Scranton, PA" signs they take off the highway to put in the mall.

Cody

Richard
Re: Broken Freezer

Congratulations on your repair skills. My freezer did the same thing. I called the folks that had the service contract and they sent (after a couple of days of Arizona heat) a service person out. Even though you could hear the motor running and without even going in back of the freezer he pronounced it "Broken". He then left and ordered out a new freezer. Good for me but I will bet had he used your skills he would have found something similar. Good work.

OLDHOUSENORTHEA...
Re: Broken Freezer
OLDHOUSENORTHEASTERNPA wrote:

Not sure what the "1,000 lbs of bananas" is. But now I have something to do.

It is however the place The Office show. The goofiest thing I have seen is the hoards of people that show up at the mall to see anyone affiliated with the show and or any lifelike carboard cut-outs or "Welcome to Scranton, PA" signs they take off the highway to put in the mall.

Cody

Turns out that's 30,000 ounds

It was just after dark when the truck started down
the hill that leads into Scranton Pennsylvania.
Carrying thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Carrying thirty thousand pounds (hit it Big John) of bananas.

bp21901
Re: Broken Freezer

You are correct......my memory failed me......
I didn't think the tune sounded right with 1,000 pounds......
30,000 lbs is much better.....

Was it Harry Chapin?

OLDHOUSENORTHEA...
Re: Broken Freezer
bp21901 wrote:

You are correct......my memory failed me......
I didn't think the tune sounded right with 1,000 pounds......
30,000 lbs is much better.....

Was it Harry Chapin?

Yes it was.

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