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Thread: Fridge stopped getting cold and water dispenser stopped, started working, now both don't work.

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    Default Fridge stopped getting cold and water dispenser stopped, started working, now both don't work.

    Model Number: FRS26LF7DS2
    Brand: Frigidaire
    Age: 6-10 years

    A couple of weeks ago my Frigidaire FRS26LF7DS2 refrigerator stopped blowing cold air in the freezer, at the same time the water dispenser stopped dispensing water and food in the lower drawer refrigerator crisper got frozen. The water dispenser pump still worked, lights were on and a faint running sound could be heard. After 36 hours, everything started working again. It worked for about 10 days and then the same symptoms came back. Now it has been 2 1/2 days since it worked. Since the first stoppage, I've vacuumed out the coils. A day ago I unplugged it from the wall for 15 minutes to hope to reset it. Not sure if it's a bad control board, defrost timer, or something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewjdouglas View Post
    A couple of weeks ago my Frigidaire FRS26LF7DS2 refrigerator stopped blowing cold air in the freezer, at the same time the water dispenser stopped dispensing water and food in the lower drawer refrigerator crisper got frozen.
    I'm not sure if you have three separate issues or if I'm missing something. First, if the evaporator fan motor in the freezer section is not working then items in the fresh food section should be warm and not frozen in the crisper drawers. Second, neither one of those issues would cause the dispenser to stop working as there is no relationship between them so let's just start with the evaporator fan motor. Is the fan motor running now? Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and remove the back cover. Check the condensor fan motor and compressor. If the compressor is running then the fan motor should be running. It's possible the fresh food cold control is faulty and freezing the items in the crisper and that would account for the dispenser not working because the water in the reservoir is probably frozen. That wouldn't account for the evaporator fan not working however.
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    I'm pretty sure all three items are directly related to what's wrong. All three occurred before at the same time, then resolved at the same time, and now went out again at the same time. This is what leads me to believe it is a control board or electronic timer that isn't activating properly. Maybe I'm way off...


    Quote Originally Posted by rickgburton View Post
    I'm not sure if you have three separate issues or if I'm missing something. First, if the evaporator fan motor in the freezer section is not working then items in the fresh food section should be warm and not frozen in the crisper drawers. Second, neither one of those issues would cause the dispenser to stop working as there is no relationship between them so let's just start with the evaporator fan motor. Is the fan motor running now? Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and remove the back cover. Check the condensor fan motor and compressor. If the compressor is running then the fan motor should be running. It's possible the fresh food cold control is faulty and freezing the items in the crisper and that would account for the dispenser not working because the water in the reservoir is probably frozen. That wouldn't account for the evaporator fan not working however.

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    Nope, sorry. There is no control board and the ADC doesn't control the dispenser or temperatures or fan motors. I'll be able to tell you exactly what's wrong if you answer my questions.
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    The compressor and condenser fan are running. There is cold air at the bottom of the freezer and fridge, no fan or cold air at the top.

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    OK, the evaporator fan motor in the freezer is causing the problem. What's happening is the air isn't circulating through both sections. The capillary for both thermostats is located at the top of the fresh food section and since the air from the freezer can't get to them it's causing the compressor to continuously run. That's why items are frozen in the crisper and the water in the reservoir is frozen. That's also why you can hear the water valve turn on (hum) but no water is dispensed. Warm air rises, cold air falls so things are warmer on top then on the bottom without circulation. Replace the fan motor and problem solved. Here's the one for your machine:

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    That makes sense. I'll replace the evaporator fan motor and let you know. Thank you for all your help!

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    Anytime my friend! Keep us posted.
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    Put the new evaporator fan in and it's blowing cold air again. Thanks again for the help.

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    Cool! Good job with the repair!
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