Question about Nor-Lake Refrigerators
REFRIGERATOR BACKGROUND: This unit is about 6 years old as of Jan 2012. In 2008 I replaced the commonly faulty power supply filters (C12 and C13) capacitors on the HV board on the back on the fridge. This fixed the strange display and crazy ice door flapping open/shut. It was an EZ fix and has been working fine ever since. Now, onto my newest problem with this $2400 unreliable refrigerator..... WHAT HAPPENED: The other day the refrigerator door was left open a couple inches...but only for about 2 hours total. The temperature alarm was beeping which was how I found out that someone left it open. I closed it the door. A couple hours later I notice the the temps in the fridge and freezer were rising. What's going on? WHAT I'VE LOOKED INTO THUS FAR: *** There was NO ice build-up on the evaporator in the freezer compartment, I removed the cover inside the bottom freezer to confirm this. The circulation fan IS running like normal. ***The compressor IS running, I can feel it humming away like normal. though it was really hot, just warm to the touch. When I unplugged the power to the fridge and plugged it back in, the compressor cooling fan turned on right away and there was a short delay then the compressor started up... like normal operation. Per the supplied service manual located underneath the fridge, I used the display panel and entered "SERVICE TEST MODE" and when to menu 102 and was able to turn the compressor OFF and ON. I went ahead and checked all the other service tests to find anything else not working. No obvious problems were found. ***There is no dust or blockage on the condensor coils underneath the fridge. ***I have cleared out the contents of the fridge/freezer, unplugged the power and left all the doors open for 24 hours as some people have suggested. Are they suggesting I do this to melt off any kind of ice build-up somewhere? The unit was only left open for about 2 hours which a fairly shot time to build up a lot ice to block airflow to something. Since there was no ice on the freezer's evaporator I doubted them but tried it anyway. Surprise, it still doesn't work! WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW? ........ Luckily it's winter and I moved all the food into the garage for the time being. Please help with a fix for this problem. Thanks in advance!
Unfortunately, this model has had quite a few problems, because it is such a complicated refrigerator. Many times a shorted component that is connected to the Iceland main control board will affect completely unrelated items making it easy to chase your tail for hours. I would suspect the freezer thermostor - only because we have had to replace it many times in the past.
Suggest you go to the www.searspartsdirect.com and copy the electrical diagram and then verify electrical reading on the main PCB, to try to isolate the problem.
Posted on Jan 23, 2012
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