The minute a bit of hot weather gets here, the fridge packs up (I know its
Quickly turn on the spare in the shed and then that packs up.
I have two queries, for convenience I'll put them in separate posts.
I have a tall Philips Whirlpool fridge/freezer. Unsure of model no. as I
can't get to the back. It has done faithful service over the past 10-12+
years, and has never gone wrong other than me having to replace a
Yesterday I suddenly realised that it wasn't working properly. The light
was on when the fridge door was open and the compressor was chugging away,
but the temperature was rising - I have a remote thermometer stuck in the
fridge. This was affecting both the fridge and freezer.
I turned it off, and stuck a fan on the floor blowing towards the back of
the fridge, assuming that the compressor or whatever was overheating.
30 mins later I turned it back on, but still the same. I then switched it
off and left it off overnight. Switched back on this morning and it worked
OK. This afternoon it started warming up again (compressor still running).
Turned it off for 20 mins then on again and it now seems OK.
I have had a similar problem once or twice before when the fridge or
freezer (especially) door has been left open for some while (usually
overnight) and the fridge/freezer has been running continuously for a long
period. I just assume that something overheats and although he compressor
doesn't stop, it just impairs its working. I assume the same thing
happened now because of the excess heat (30-35 degrees in the kitchen) and
the fact that the fridge/freezer doors were continuously being opened for
water and ice cubes.
Is overheating likely to be the cause of the problems? I know loss of
refrigerant can also cause a similar problem, but this doesn't normally
occur, only when it's running excessively/