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  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    The other day I opened up my fridge and noticed that the inside of it is
    room temperature and that food had went off. It is a 2.5 years old Candy
    fridge/freezer unit - it is not self-defrosting.

    I had noticed the day before that there was the sound of water trickling
    down the back of it, loud enough to be noticable from anywhere in my
    kitchen. The unit is getting power (e.g. the light goes on) and the motor is
    making the usual buzzing sound. I can still hear a trickling fluid sound
    (like water bubbling and running slowly) when I switch it on.

    The freezer part is also slowly defrosting, although it still has ice in it
    which has been slowly melting for over two days now. I have left the unit on
    because I initially thought only the fridge part had broken.

    Any ideas what the problem is and how to fix it? Is a new fridge/freezer the
    only way?
     
  2. Hi Joe

    <snip>

    I had a similar problem a few months back - and found a very helpful
    chap on Ebay (who, strangely enough, I went to primary school with
    about 300 years ago !).

    He not only supplies spare thermostats (a very easy DIY fitting job,
    in my case) - but will also give email assistance in diagnosing /
    fixing faulty fridges.

    Search eBay for item no 7513910650 .....
    Just before anybody asks - I'm not on commission - just a very happy
    customer who saved the price of a new fridge for under a tenner !

    Hope this helps
    Adrian
    Suffolk UK

    ======return email munged=================
    take out the papers and the trash to reply
     
  3. It may still be under warranty. Why not call the dealer?
     
  4. Rob Morley

    Rob Morley Guest

    It may just need to have the refrigerant replaced - I don't know how
    much that would cost.
     
  5. Gideon

    Gideon Guest

    Check you owner's manual and see what sort of advise
    and warnings it contains about defrosting the unit. Even
    for self-defrosting models, it is a safe practice to allow a
    24 hour defrost period once per year. If you have gone 2.5
    years without any defrosting, then it may take quite a while
    for all of the ice to melt.

    Also, read your warranty as long as you've got your paperwork
    out for the unit. You may also locate a toll-free number for
    technical support listed in the owner's manual.

    Good luck,
    Gideon


    Joe wrote in message ...
    The other day I opened up my fridge and noticed that the inside of it is
    room temperature and that food had went off. It is a 2.5 years old Candy
    fridge/freezer unit - it is not self-defrosting.

    I had noticed the day before that there was the sound of water trickling
    down the back of it, loud enough to be noticable from anywhere in my
    kitchen. The unit is getting power (e.g. the light goes on) and the motor is
    making the usual buzzing sound. I can still hear a trickling fluid sound
    (like water bubbling and running slowly) when I switch it on.

    The freezer part is also slowly defrosting, although it still has ice in it
    which has been slowly melting for over two days now. I have left the unit on
    because I initially thought only the fridge part had broken.

    Any ideas what the problem is and how to fix it? Is a new fridge/freezer the
    only way?
     
  6. As you say, it's not self defrosting. Perhaps time to defrost it?

    --

    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus
    www.lds.org
    www.mormons.com


    The other day I opened up my fridge and noticed that the inside of it is
    room temperature and that food had went off. It is a 2.5 years old Candy
    fridge/freezer unit - it is not self-defrosting.

    I had noticed the day before that there was the sound of water trickling
    down the back of it, loud enough to be noticable from anywhere in my
    kitchen. The unit is getting power (e.g. the light goes on) and the motor is
    making the usual buzzing sound. I can still hear a trickling fluid sound
    (like water bubbling and running slowly) when I switch it on.

    The freezer part is also slowly defrosting, although it still has ice in it
    which has been slowly melting for over two days now. I have left the unit on
    because I initially thought only the fridge part had broken.

    Any ideas what the problem is and how to fix it? Is a new fridge/freezer the
    only way?
     
  7. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Could failing to defrost it cause the symptoms I described?
     
  8. Joe

    Joe Guest

    I did, and unfortunately it's no longer under warranty.
     
  9. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Joe...

    If I may, I'd suggest seeing if one of your close neighbors
    might be able and willing to share a bit of their fridge space
    for you to temporarily store your perishable food. Move
    it all there; then unplug your machine and leave it with the
    door(s) open for a good 24 or even 48 hours to thoroughly
    defrost.

    Then give it a try; I suspect all will be fine.

    Take care.

    Ken
     
  10. Tony Hwang

    Tony Hwang Guest

    Hi,
    Wow, 2.5 years without defrosting? Any storage space left inside?, LOL.
    You need defrosting Otherwise you'll ruin the compressor/motor as well.
    Reasons are obvious.
    Tony
     
  11. Certainly. Frost covers the evaporator surfaces, and insulates them. Back
    when Ihad a manual defrost refrig, I had to do mine twice a year.

    --

    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus
    www.lds.org
    www.mormons.com


    Could failing to defrost it cause the symptoms I described?
     
  12. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi...

    To add to that - many have a small fan to circulate air
    from the freezer compartment to the fridge area... enough
    ice can stall this fan.

    Perhaps worthwhile after the OP has throughly defrosted
    his to check that his is still running, complete with
    un-bent blades :)

    Ken
     
  13. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Have you, or anyone else, got any idea what the fluid trickling noise is?
    Whenever the fridge freezer gets switched on, it starts making the sound. It
    sounds like water bubbling and trickling at the same time - as if a lot of
    fluid is running down the back of the unit.

    When I switch the power to the fridge freezer back off it makes the noise
    for a couple of minutes until it gradually fades away.
     
  14. Joe

    Joe Guest

    I'm defrosting it now. I'll report back on whether it was successful or not.
     
  15. Rick

    Rick Guest

    We had this happen with a relatively new Frigidaire. Turns
    out we had stored food in the freezer which blocked the
    cold air intakes, which caused the fan to frost over.

    We left it unplugged a few days and it was good as new.
     
  16. Ken Weitzel

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Joe...

    No idea; hopefully someone else does...

    But for what it's worth, mine does it too... but I hear it
    only if I open the freezer compartment door at the same instant
    that the compressor shuts down, and even then only for
    a few seconds...

    I guess I kinda thought it was the circulating fan coasting
    to a stop, but....

    Ken
     
  17. Probably refrigerant migrating from high pressure to low pressure area.

    --

    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus
    www.lds.org
    www.mormons.com



    Have you, or anyone else, got any idea what the fluid trickling noise is?
    Whenever the fridge freezer gets switched on, it starts making the sound. It
    sounds like water bubbling and trickling at the same time - as if a lot of
    fluid is running down the back of the unit.

    When I switch the power to the fridge freezer back off it makes the noise
    for a couple of minutes until it gradually fades away.
     
  18. Refrigerant migration. It makes the same noise while it's running. Just that
    the compressor and fans drown it out. A high pitched hissing noise is normal
    after shutdown.

    --

    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus
    www.lds.org
    www.mormons.com




    No idea; hopefully someone else does...

    But for what it's worth, mine does it too... but I hear it
    only if I open the freezer compartment door at the same instant
    that the compressor shuts down, and even then only for
    a few seconds...

    I guess I kinda thought it was the circulating fan coasting
    to a stop, but....

    Ken
     
  19. The fate of the news group rests in your hands. Godspeed, man, and do not
    fail us. We shall sing three verses of "Defrost, Ye Brave Lads Of Olde"
    while we await your return. May the Ghost of Frigidaire bring you strength,
    and bear up your arms in your moment of trial. Defrost, or die. It is the
    motto of the corps.

    Oh, and when you plug it back in, close the doors. And figure a couple hours
    for it to get cold. Now, I'll go take my pills.

    --

    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus
    www.lds.org
    www.mormons.com


    I'm defrosting it now. I'll report back on whether it was successful or not.
     
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