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1 Recommended refrigerator service in Kanata on Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:12 pm

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I think my less-than-8 year old Maytag fridge is having issues. Saw some water on the floor in the morning, but the dreezer door had been left slightly ajar overnight. However it's now two days later and we have been paying special attention to make sure it's closed, but the freezer has not returned to being as cold as it usually is. I've moved much of the stuff to the chest freezer in the basement, for now.

Could be a few things. Could be the thermostat, could be just dirt on the compressor coils, could be the controller board (we've had some interesting power fluctuations because of all the heavy thunderstorm activity).

Until a few days ago everything was fine. In fact it was too cold and I turned the thermostat down (from 5 to 3) for both top and bottom.

Anyhow, I could spend a half hour describing various things, but I really just need the name of a reliable refregerator service guy that's local to Kanata.


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Just take out an ad reading "good lil' fridge for the cottage". Born suckers eat up that folksy stuff.

Then use that money to buy another fridge. Smile

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The fridge I have now is 24 cubic feet -- hardly cottage-sized. It's about the biggest I can get for the opening I have, so that will save me a few bucks -- otherwise I'd be tempted to get a 26 cu ft or bigger, and those cost well in excess of $2500.

As it stands, replacing it will run me over $1K, so I'd prefer to fix it, if practical. Hopefully before I run out of paper towels.


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wprager wrote:The fridge I have now is 24 cubic feet -- hardly cottage-sized. It's about the biggest I can get for the opening I have, so that will save me a few bucks -- otherwise I'd be tempted to get a 26 cu ft or bigger, and those cost well in excess of $2500.

As it stands, replacing it will run me over $1K, so I'd prefer to fix it, if practical. Hopefully before I run out of paper towels.

If you're lying in your ad, why would that matter?

Anyhow, call Jimmy. He'll fix you up right quick.

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OK, I gave Jimmy a call but he's on a service call on the other side of town, so I'm to call him again after 5PM. How do you know this guy -- personally or professionally?

The fridge is acting peculiarly. I think the freezer part kicked in again since the condensation on the back is now frozen again. Also, I played with the thermostat controller, pulling it back and forth, and after a couple of tugs I hear something kick in. Not very loud, but something none-the-less.

I don't think it's the condenser. I've been googling a bit, and with these frost-free models therre are potential other issues. The frost free apparatus consists of a small heater (to melt the frost), a drain leading to an evaporation tray, a thermostat and some timing circuitry. Periodically, the condenser is shut off and the heater comes on. The heater melts off the frost which goes through the drain hole into the evaporation pan. Then the heater goes off, the condenser goes back on and things go back to normal.

With all those extra parts there are potential issues: timing circuit, thermostat, drain hole. The condenser goes back on right after the heater turns off, so some of the frost may still be melting once the cold comes back on. It's possible for the resulting water to freeze over the drain hole. Over several iterations it could build up quite a bit, eventually covering the evaporator coil. And if the coils are covered in ice, then it cannot do its job.

Or something like that. I feel like Neo.

Whoa! I know refrigerators.


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Jimmy was the only name I could come up with for you. That's about it.

There were others who are apparently "factory-trained" technicians but that's just more reason to overcharge you.

7 Re: Recommended refrigerator service in Kanata on Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:15 pm

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Believe it or not, Sears actually do a decent job.

We have started paying for their "insurance" as our appliances are approaching the 10 yr old mark. For a fixed fee per year (it's not too much, considering), they will come out and fix any problems that crop up, including stupid stuff like when a little plastic piece that holds up a shelf breaks.

They cover our microwave, fridge, oven, stove, and projection TV. So far, we have gotten more than our money's worth every year (microwave repair alone would have cost more than two years coverage - had to repair it though as no other current built-in model fits exactly in the spot the present one is in.)

8 Re: Recommended refrigerator service in Kanata on Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:51 pm

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Well, Jimmy finally came (mixup this morning, another customer with a morning appointment called to cancel and he thought it was me). Anyhow, turns out it's the evaporator fan. Replacement part is $102 plus tax (yeah, I can get it online for nearly half that but it would take 1-2 weeks top get here.

Apparently this fan (a Panasonic part) has been failing quite a bit. My fridge is almost 8 years old and it sometimes fails after just two years. Too bad there wasn't a recall. Maybe I could set mine on fire and claim it's a hazard?


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9 Re: Recommended refrigerator service in Kanata on Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:55 pm

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wprager wrote:Well, Jimmy finally came (mixup this morning, another customer with a morning appointment called to cancel and he thought it was me). Anyhow, turns out it's the evaporator fan. Replacement part is $102 plus tax (yeah, I can get it online for nearly half that but it would take 1-2 weeks top get here.

Apparently this fan (a Panasonic part) has been failing quite a bit. My fridge is almost 8 years old and it sometimes fails after just two years. Too bad there wasn't a recall. Maybe I could set mine on fire and claim it's a hazard?

That's sooooo Jimmy! :^^^^:

10 Re: Recommended refrigerator service in Kanata on Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:43 pm

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Good to hear it worked out for ya. Wish I had a Jimmy in Newmarket.

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