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Date: Monday 05 February, 2007
Admiral / Maytag / Norge / Magic Chef /Montgomery Wards Refrigerator Diagnostic Chart

Admiral / Maytag / Norge / Magic Chef / Montgomery Wards? Refrigerator Diagnostic Chart

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Compressor runs all the time
  • Check door gaskets
  • Check for defrost timer staying on
  • Check for interior light staying on
  • Check thermostat for welded contact points
  • Make sure refrigerator is not located in extreme heat range
  • System might be overcharged or undercharged
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Compressor runs for just a few seconds then clicks off
  • Check compressor amp draw and compare to nomenclature plate
  • Check condenser fan
  • Check for lint in condenser coils
  • Check for low voltage conditions
  • Check freezer fan
  • Check protective overload
  • Check thermostat for short cycles
  • Make sure back cover is in place
Plastic floor in freezer has hole in it or melting Styrofoam barrier and heat shield missing, damaged or out of place.
Evaporator coil blocked with ice
  • Check defrost heater
  • Check defrost termination switch
  • Check defrost timer
  • Check door seals
  • Check for drain being plugged
Freezer is too warm
  • Check for air flow restrictions
  • Check for defrost element staying on
  • Check for iced-up evaporator coils
  • Check freezer compartment fan
  • Check freezer door gaskets
  • Check thermostat
  • Too much food in freezer
Refrigerator compressor runs but will not get cold
  • Check for leaks
  • Check for lint in condenser coils
  • Compressor may not be pumping
  • Defrost heater may be stuck on. Check defrost timer
  • Refrigerant line could be restricted
Refrigerator will not run
  • Check compressor
  • Check defrost timer (frost-free models)
  • Check for low-voltage conditions. Low voltage conditions can be caused by extension cords. Remove and re-route if possible
  • Check power at wall socket
  • Check power cord to refrigerator
  • Check thermostat
  • Check wiring to compressor
Strip Between the doors is too hot On side by side models, check that the condenser coil is clean and that the condenser fan is running and clean and has good air flow and that the back is in place. Also check for any kind of heat source in the freezer section, like a light staying on, ice maker mold heater not shutting off, etc .....
I see a orange glow in the freezer section and hear a sizzling sound Normal operation .... It's the defrost heaters on during the defrost cycle
 
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