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Old 07 June 2010, 17:59   #11
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Oddly, tonight it is back down to +4 on the fridge and -20 on the freezer, not quite target temp on the freezer compartment but getting close. Now I'm really confused
Ok so, I fold!
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Old 07 June 2010, 20:28   #12
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I spoke too soon, now back up to +7 and -13.... grrrrr
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sounds like thermostat issue to me.

is the compressor: running and cutting out, or running all the time?

is the back condensor foil (on the rear of the fridge, usually grey in colour or black, big wire thing) covered in dirt/cobwebs and dust? if so, hover it off.

make sure there is enough clearence so its not touch the wall behind. to allow air flow.

put you hand on it, is it hot, warm or cold?

put your hand on the compressor, is it warm, hot or cold?

is there any oily residue on the floor at the back of the fridge, or seeping from the pipework?


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Can't see any of the gubbins so it must be all inside the machine, the side of the fridge gets warm as it always has done, but that's all. The compressor runs pretty much continuously now.
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if it were the thermostat, and its running all the time, i would expect the fridge to be freezing stuff.

so from what you say, i suspect you have lost some gas from it. small leak somewhere.

you need an engineer. i would expect its running on 134a, so not expensive on gas, maybe as little as 1/2kg required.


however, a lot of these fridges are made from tissue paper type alloy pipes. so unless the hole is easily brasied, or plugged they are considered (tragically) as chuck away. even at three years old.

Shame your not closer, although not an engineer as such, i have worked on these for years, and still have the gas and so on.
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so from what you say, i suspect you have lost some gas from it. small leak somewhere.
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Oddly, tonight it is back down to +4 on the fridge and -20 on the freezer, not quite target temp on the freezer compartment but getting close. Now I'm really confused

It's in the pantry, which is a little cooler than the rest of the house - probably about 15 degrees C or so during the day, and I would guess maybe drops to 10C at night.
The only reason I was asking about ambient temp is because fridge freezer operation gets unreliable the colder the room it's situated in. There are fridge freezers designed for colder climates and some that guarantee to freeze food in -10C. It seems funny doesn't it! But the Freezing process needs heat to work properly.
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The main reason for this is because most fridge freezers only have a thermostst in the fridge compartment. They are manufactured so as when the fridge is at 5oC then the freezer will be -18oC to -24oC.

However if the ambient temp was not high enough for the fridge to heat up then the thermostat would never switch on and the freezer would defrost.



.... and there ends today's lesson
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Get it f*cked over the cliff and just put your beers in the sea
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Get it f*cked over the cliff and just put your beers in the sea
It's too far to carry it to the cliff and anyway the missus keeps green stuff in there which goes soggy in salt water, apparently.

I upped the freezer temp after reading the posts on the other forum and it seems to have settled at +4/-18 happily this evening so I don't know what to make of it, I would have thought if there was a leak the problem would get progressively worse rather than going up and down. I'll give it a few days and see what happens.
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