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    • MrCheeseman
    • By MrCheeseman 6th Aug 18, 5:24 PM
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    Defrosted fridge freezer, fridge temp now too high.
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    • 6th Aug 18, 5:24 PM
    Defrosted fridge freezer, fridge temp now too high. 6th Aug 18 at 5:24 PM
    I've defrosted my fridge freezer, but after doing that, my fridge has stopped reaching a safe temperature zone. I've got the dial set to 7, max, but it's stuck one degree outside the safe zone on my fridge thermometer - I've also tried other thermometers, which give the same.


    Conversely, my freezer is 12 degrees below the safe zone. Does anyone have any ideas what's up and what I can do? I've tried mucking about with the dial but no joy so far.


    EDIT: It's been three days since I defrosted it.
    Last edited by MrCheeseman; 06-08-2018 at 8:07 PM. Reason: Added info.
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    • HogMan
    • By HogMan 6th Aug 18, 6:31 PM
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    Given the ambient temperature is likely to be high I would give it several hours to get back to operating temperature. Leave the door closed rather than keep opening to check.
    • MrCheeseman
    • By MrCheeseman 6th Aug 18, 8:07 PM
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    • 6th Aug 18, 8:07 PM
    Given the ambient temperature is likely to be high I would give it several hours to get back to operating temperature. Leave the door closed rather than keep opening to check.
    Originally posted by HogMan

    Whoops - forgot to mention how long it's been. It's been three days, and I've left the fridge overnight.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 7th Aug 18, 8:56 AM
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    Are you sure 7 is the coldest, it might be 1.

    Model No.
    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 7th Aug 18, 9:48 AM
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    Does the switch rotate to an "off" position? If so, turn it off, then turn it on and rotate the switch to the middle of the numbers, then you know you are asking for a medium temperature. If you know the model number as requested in post # 4. you could search for the manual on-line OR you might even have the manual already!
    • MrCheeseman
    • By MrCheeseman 7th Aug 18, 1:23 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 1:23 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 1:23 PM
    It's an LEC TS55174WTDW and, according to the online manual, 7 is the lowest temp and 0 is off. I've confirmed this by moving the dial to 0 which switches it off.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 7th Aug 18, 1:45 PM
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    When defrosting did you scrape the ice off? Sometimes the pipework can be damaged & the refrigerant gas can leak out.
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    • MrCheeseman
    • By MrCheeseman 7th Aug 18, 1:47 PM
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    When defrosting did you scrape the ice off? Sometimes the pipework can be damaged & the refrigerant gas can leak out.
    Originally posted by EssexExile

    No, I just let it melt and emptied the water away.
    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 7th Aug 18, 5:07 PM
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    • 7th Aug 18, 5:07 PM
    It's an LEC TS55174WTDW and, according to the online manual, 7 is the lowest temp and 0 is off. I've confirmed this by moving the dial to 0 which switches it off.
    Originally posted by MrCheeseman
    Now we are getting somewhere. When you rotate it slowly from 0 towards 7, or from 7 back to 0, can you hear it click at any point? If not, this would indicate that the thermostat has failed. Maybe you caught the end (if it is a visible one) whilst defrosting.
    • MrCheeseman
    • By MrCheeseman 8th Aug 18, 12:23 AM
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    It makes a click going to 0 and going back from 0. But I've tried setting the dial to 3 and the fridge hasn't buzzed on.

    EDIT: Scratch that. It's currently humming, after a while but, as has been the case since I defrosted it, I can hear what sounds like a lot of dripping/water, more so than usual. I've moved the fridge and there's no water underneath, so it's presumbly going into the reservoir thing at the bottom.
    Last edited by MrCheeseman; 08-08-2018 at 1:14 AM.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 8th Aug 18, 11:37 AM
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    https://www.lec.co.uk/media/665618/lec-ts55174wtd.pdf


    If this is a single compressor with air flow flap then the flap can get stuck as it ices up when turned back on.

    might explain the freezer being colder as it is running to try and get the fridge down to temp.


    (don't think this is frost free so it may work differently to my samsung which does have an airflow flap)
    Last edited by getmore4less; 08-08-2018 at 11:45 AM.
    • MrCheeseman
    • By MrCheeseman 8th Aug 18, 1:44 PM
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    If this is a single compressor with air flow flap then the flap can get stuck as it ices up when turned back on.

    might explain the freezer being colder as it is running to try and get the fridge down to temp.


    (don't think this is frost free so it may work differently to my samsung which does have an airflow flap)
    Originally posted by getmore4less

    It's definitely not frost free and when it's running I can hear the trickling water noise is coming from the freezer area. Though if it's the air flow flap, I'm not sure how to get to it - there's no obvious connection hole between the fridge and freezer I can see.

    I unscrewed a panel at the back of the freezer compartment and saw just a copper pipe, not the vent I was expecting. Looking up from the compressor I can't see anything servicable there.
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