I just noticed that the orange juice is not ice cold like usual.
The lights works but nothing else on the fridge seems to. No
compressor or fan.
What should I check first before I call the guy? Is there a reset
Empty the fridge and freezer. Carefully lay it on its back. There is a
red reset button under the bottom just about in the middle. There is a
small sheetmetal plate with one screw covering it. Reset it and you
should be fine.
Bubba might be right, but since you did not note what fridge you have, I
don't think you should be laying it on it's back, most are not designed for
that and it would damage them.
I would suggest that you may want to unplug it for say 30 minutes and
pug it back in. I doubt if it will work, but at least it is easy and safe
The defrost timer could be going south.
If so, it'll stick in defrost again. If it does...
The timer is only 40 bucks or so, if you can find a nerd down teh
street to put it in for you.
It could be other things, though. The condenser fan may be faulty,
causing teh compressor to overheat and cut out on thermal protection.
It cools overnight, then will run for a few days...
however: The model number and serial number is ALWAYS most helpful,
when enquiring for online advise for any HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE...
If you have to call a pro, it'll cost well over $100, no matter how
minor the repair.
I know. I've worked for enough appliance repair outfits, before I
Advice I have is that after a fridge has been transported, especially if it
was laid 'flat' not carried upright, to not operate the fridge for an hour
This from an experienced individual who installed complete systems and also
was agent for warranty work for several brands in a semi rural area.
Reason; to allow the refrigerant and any lubrication to drain into the
compressor. Failure to wait 'may' cause the compressor to burn out etc.
PS. A typical situation; someone buys a new fridge and has it transported
home laid flat in it's cardboard container in the back of a pickup. Reaching
home the 'new' fridge is carried inside the house, being thoroughly shaken
up and jostled in the whole process and immediately plugged in. Shortly
after, or a day or so later the fridge fails and is taken back to be
repaired/replaced under warranty. Accordingly some sellers prefer to have
the fridge delivered by their own staff or their choice of shipper. Mostly
these days I see fridges, when people move house, upright in the moving
Happens to my fridge two or three times a year, usually when there is
an unusually cold spell. The explanation is that ice had formed in
the cold air transfer duct from the freezer compartment to the main
compartment and blocked it. Put your hand against the air vent at the
back of the fridge, the one that has a min-max slider to restrict the
air flow. Even at 'max' it is likely you won't feel any cold air
This duct runs inside the insulated wall of the fridge and wll be hard
to thaw. My solution is to empty the fridge and leave all the doors
open to thaw out the blockage. This thaw will take a few hours and
best done overnight. Remove all the stuff from the freezer and put
into a picnic cooler. Do whatever is needed to keep the other food
from spoiling. Use the opportunity to clean the fridge throughly. Put
a few dry rags on the botom of the fridge to absorb the meltwater.
When done and powered up again you should feel the blast of cold air
through the transfer duct grille.
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