Hotpoint refrigerator not cooling

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  1. Jun 19, 2006 #1

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    Hey everyone, just wondering what I should do! I had this refrigerator sitting outside (sun) for about a month or so, I finally had time to clean it up and get it inside to convert to kegerator. I turned it on for the first time and everything seems to be fine, but no cool air inside. Didn't know if it has to run for a while to get going or what? Sorry for not posting model no., thought this was a basic refrigerator question. thanks again.
     
  2. Jun 19, 2006 #2

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    Arizona....

    When it's 435 degrees F. in the shade, it will take it a while to cool.

    Make sure all of the coils are clean and are not blocked from air circulation.

    If it has been on it's back, it may have to run for a while to redistribute the oil and start cooling. I know some folks will argue that, but it happened to me. I layed it down in the truck for the trip home and it sat for a few days before it started cooling.

    I hope this helps, I'm getting a little smarter every day..
    On the other hand, I forget a few things every day.
    At the end of the day, maybe I'll still just be even.
     
  3. Jun 19, 2006 #3

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    :) Well, it may only drop the temperature say 60 deg. so you are in AZ and the temp is say 130 that makes it 70 in the fridge.

    I have been told, by people wiser then myself, that when you move, or especially tip over and old fridge. you need to let it sit for 24hours or so to let all the crap settle back down before you turn it on. I know I know, something about locking a barn door.

    "What's paradise like oh my dear? Red hot women, and Ice cold beer.
    Whats the other place like yes my dear. . . . .


    Ice cold women, and red hot beer"
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  4. Jun 19, 2006 #4

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    Hi,

    Except no one knows what style refrigerator you have....frost free, air over condenser, static condenser, ect....

    Hopefully no critters moved in during that month.

    Compressor running, fan(s) running, any strange noises?
    http://www.applianceaid.com/frig_notcold.html

    -If- working ok, 4-6 hours to start getting cold and 24 hours before getting into an on and off routine.

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  5. Jun 20, 2006 #5

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    Hello Aces11:
    My experience has been to put something in there to cool. One of your kegs or some large containers of water will do just fine. An empty refrigerator or freezer will short cycle when its empty and seemingly never get cooled off.
    Glenn
     
  6. Jun 20, 2006 #6

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    alright guys, I appreciate the responses. It is a hotpoint refrigerator, model no. ctx14cyxkrwh and underneath that...
    rm750331

    No strange noises, main fan on bottom runs, and fan inside freezer runs, but no cold air.

    oh, and I brought it inside and left it on for an hour or so, and still just room air temp coming out.

    Next move? thanks again.
     
  7. Jun 21, 2006 #7

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    Try Square Eyes trouble shooting flow chart.

    Getting a new fridge nowaday's will save you money on energy in the long run.

    Before you get someone to fix it ...spend the money on a new one.
    Just my opinion.

    By the way, Jeff1 stated you need to keep it on for 4-6 hrs before it will start to get cold.

    Leave it on overnight...tell us what happens.:D
     
  8. Jun 21, 2006 #8

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    See if the compressor is running. Remove lower back cover and check to see if it is running/dead/clicking on and off.

    Top freezer frost free style.

    jeff.
     
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    Jeff, I didn't notice anything about the compressor, should it be making a noise, vibrating or anything? sorry, I just don't know that much about compressors. When I turn it on, the compressor doesn't seem to be doing anything, (Softball sized enclosed metal ball, ha) I'm guessing that's the compressor.
     
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  11. Jun 21, 2006 #11

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    Yes.

    Yes.

    Yes.

    Fan(s) only running and no compressor running = no cold air at all.

    [​IMG]

    jeff.
     
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    ok, so I'm pretty sure now that the compressor isn't doing anything, just sitting there. What should I do now? anything to take apart and check, or is it just junk? It would be great to fix it, let me know what's possible. Thanks again.
     
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    Can check for 110-120 volts AC comming to the compressor with na volt meter...and can ohm the compressor windings for continuity with and ohm meter...but basically if the compressor is receiving power and not running...usually = new compressor time or new refrigerator time.

    http://www.applianceaid.com/electrical_testing_tips.html

    jeff.
     
  14. Jul 2, 2006 #14

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    could it be something as simple as the relay or timer being stuck or broken?
     
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    For compressor not running....

    Yes possible....not overly likely on this style of a unit ( more compressors failing than relays )

    Not to stop the compressor only, no.

    jeff.
     
  16. Jul 6, 2006 #16

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    hey guys, before throwing the whole thing out, I tried one last thing, replacing the overload. I put it in, got it ready to turn on, and right when I plugged it in, I heard a pop. Like a fuse blowing or something. Same thing though, fans running, but no compressor.
     
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    Compressor blew out the overload....seen that a few times :(

    jeff.
     
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    so why did it do that? Should I toss it? bad compressor?
     
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    Compressor drawing too much hydro, shorted winding inside the compressor would be suspect.

    $300-400 repair to replace the compressor or new refrigerator time.

    jeff.
     
  20. Jul 7, 2006 #20

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    alright jeff, thanks for all the information, I really appreciate it. throwing out tomorrow!
     

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