Apr 132011

Samsung refrigerators are very simple refrigerators to work on.

From a glance they seem a bit complicated and overwhelming even to an Appliance Repair Technician.

Samsung refrigerators have been in the field for several years now in the United States.

As with everything the first few production runs had some common issues when they were first introduced. They have since fixed most of those “common issues” and have a much more reliable product in the market place.

The newer Samsung refrigerators have fewer problems.  If you do run into a problem, here is how to self diagnose your Samsung Refrigerator yourself.

After holding the correct buttons in (see diagram below) a segment will display in the “88 88” area on the panel. Use the chart below to determine which error code your Samsung Refrigerator is displaying. Continue reading »

Apr 012011

The newer style bottom mount freezer refrigerators often need adjusting because the refrigerator doors are not level.  If the tops of your refrigerator doors are not even, this post is for you.

Electrolux uses a small round sprocket at the bottom of each door to raise and lower the refrigerator doors.  Open the freezer and refrigerator door and remove the set screw near the bottom hinge.   The set screw screws in from the bottom of the hinge.  Once the set screw is removed the sprocket can be turned by hand to adjust the door to the needed spot.  Once the adjustment is made check and ensure the door seal is sealing properly.  Tighten up the set screw and you’re back in business.  Frigidaire bottom mount refrigerator doors are adjusted using the same method.


Mar 252011

Did you recently open your refrigerator door and notice the center divider and door seal are warm or hot to the touch?  This will happen on Kenmore refrigerators caused by one of two things. Kenmore uses a condenser fan motor on the rear by the compressor. The first thing to check is the actual condenser coils.  I know you have heard “clean your refrigerator condenser coils” before, and if not you should be cleaning them every 6 months at least.  If the refrigerator condenser coils are dirty, the freezer and or the refrigerator seals may become warm to the touch.  The second most common reason for this issue is the fan motor next to the compressor can stall. The condenser fan motor draws air across the compressor keeping is cool. When the fan stalls, the compressor becomes overly warm and the heat transfers into the refrigerator mullion. The mullion strip is also commonly referred to as the divider between the refrigerator and freezer.

A volt meter is needed to verify proper voltage is present in the event the fan motor has stalled.  Often, pushing the fan motor past the stall spot will start the motor. Depending on the make and model of your refrigerator, the voltage at the condenser fan motor may vary.  Some refrigerators use AC voltage and other refrigerators use DC voltage currents.  On most kenmore refrigerators the condenser motor voltage is 110 volts ac. If you require further assistance and would like to speak to an Appliance Technician post your question in our DIY repair forum.

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