Arctic Air Refrigerator Troubleshooting. Though refrigerators generally run very reliably, they can break down and when they do, the food inside will spoil in just a few days.
While fridge repairs normally call for a professional to handle such issues, you can troubleshoot simple problems such as a broken lightbulb yourself.
A DIY freezer repair may involve checking that your fridge works with no interruption of power, and then ensuring that you take the right actions when something goes wrong It’s usually best to switch off the appliance straight away if you know that there’s an electrical issue.
Arctic Air Refrigerator Troubleshooting
In this article, we will discuss some problems with Arctic Air refrigerators and how to resolve them.
Arctic Air Refrigerator Runs Continuously
The door gasket on your fridge might be torn or defective, or the door might not close flush with the frame.
This can cause a “cold bridge” to form between the open part of the frame and the gasket, allowing warm air to enter and chill one side of the evaporator coils.
As this warm humid air comes in contact with the cold coils, condensation forms, and freezes. Normally, a defrost system removes this frost from time to time so that it doesn’t build up too much, but if your gasket is torn that may not happen.
The evaporator fan motor may have failed if your fridge runs constantly. The fan motor helps to circulate the cold air from an evaporator, or cooling coil system into various compartments of a refrigerator, which is essential for keeping everything inside nice and cool.
If you have more than one evaporator unit, they will typically be found on the freezer side of the food compartment.
In some model fridges, just one fan maintains cooling in both freezer and refrigerator compartments using separate evaporators – so this would apply to these models as well.
Arctic Air Refrigerator Will Not Defrost
The defrost heater assembly turns on several times throughout the day to melt away any frost that may have accumulated on the evaporator coils.
If the defrost heater assembly is defective, the defrost system will not work and frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils.
To determine if the defrost heater is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the defrost heater does not have continuity, replace it.
The main control board that regulates the power supply to all of the refrigerator’s components does more than just regulate it.
If the main control board is defective, it may stop sending voltage to the defrost system.
The good news is that one need not replace it immediately because by testing all of the components of your refrigerator before you do such, you could avoid a hefty repair bill. First, check this primary unit.
In other words, we recommend you test the systems in place first and then replace the main control if they are not defective – especially since it is just another thing to check.
Arctic Air Refrigerator Ice Maker Will Not Work
The water inlet valve is an electrically-controlled valve that opens to supply water to the dispenser and ice maker.
If the water inlet valve is defective, or if it has insufficient pressure, it won’t allow water to flow through.
As a result, some Icon appliances won’t make ice. The valve requires at least 20 psi to function properly. Make sure that the water pressure at the valve is at least 20 psi.
Test the water inlet valve with a multimeter if there is sufficient water pressure. Your appliance may need repair if the water inlet valve has sufficient pressure and is getting power, but it still doesn’t work properly.
The door switch turns off the ice and water dispensers when the refrigerator door is open. This prevents someone from being injured by dispensing these items while the door is open.
If your refrigerator makes a clicking sound but does not dispense ice or water, this indicates that the door switch may be defective.
To determine if this is so, use a multimeter to test for continuity. If there is no continuity when you activate each mode of the switch, replace it.
Arctic Air Refrigerator Water Dispenser Will Not Work
The dispenser control board governs most of the functions of the dispenser system. If the control board is faulty, it may stop supplying power to the entire dispenser system.
Test each component before the control board because it’s more likely that a single component has failed than a whole series.
If your dispenser system isn’t functioning as a whole, it’s likely that more than just one component is broken, which means your control board will need to be replaced.
The dispenser switch makes the magic happen. If the dispenser switch is not working, then the dispenser won’t be operational and things that need to get dispensed will remain in the bottles and boxes they came in.
Use a multimeter to test for continuity in a dispenser switch. If a dispenser switch does not pass your multimeter test, replace it.
Arctic Air Refrigerator Will Not Cool
When the start relay and starter winding are defective, the compressor may fail to run or may not run at all. As a result, the refrigerator will not be cold enough.
To determine if the start relay is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity between the run and start terminal sockets.
If there is no continuity between the run and start terminal sockets of the start relay, replace it. In addition, if there is a burnt odor emitting from the start relay and it has failed, replace it.
The start capacitor provides a boost of power to the compressor during start-up. If the start capacitor isn’t working, the compressor may not start.
As a result, the refrigerator will not cool and the motor will burn out. To determine if the start capacitor is defective, test it with a multimeter. If it’s not working, replace it.