20 Most Recent Frigidaire 14.1 cu. ft. Upright Freezer (FFU14K0DW) - Page 4 Questions & Answers

It.s not mal for the exterior of the fridge to go hot after so much use from the compressor - the heat extracted from inside it simply could not be eliminated fast enough.
The fridge no longer works because :
1 - the compressor worked so hard that the pipes for the cooling fluid were cracked by its vibrations and all the fluid escaped. You will have to call a certified repairman who will inject a dye to locate the crack and solder it shut then recharge the circuit. It will cost you about $300. Or
2 - the compressor worked for so long that the current for its motor has overheated and fried the thermostat and/or its starter capacitor. You will need to test the continuity of the thermostat and the order a new one if it's failed from here, part 21
If the thermostat is ok them check the starter capacitor and its controller with a multimeter and get new ones from here, part 55 and 30
3 - the control/ defrost board has been overstresed by the current and failed - you will need to test its output command wires with a multimeter for the presence of the mains voltage. If you need a new one it, part 23.
If you don't know how to do the tests or you don't have a good multimeter you will need to call a pro, it will cost you $125 for labor plus the new part.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Sep 04, 2011

Compressor is supposed to be hot... your problem may be that the unit is stuck on defrost cycle... The defrost timer should be behind the kick panel and have a dial type adjustment on it.... find it and try to turn it just a touch. It may come on but you will need to replace it if it does

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Jul 20, 2011

Have it clean and use a appliance cleaner that has fragrance to smell it good again.
You must eliminate the source of horrible smell.
Then apply the cleaner on rags, wipe it around the freezer exterior.
Some freezer do have pan and some don't have, so you should look for it carefully.
Good luck.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Jun 28, 2011

A side door heater is already defective.
It has heating element, it is there to dry any moisture build up around freezer door.
When it become defective, moisture or condensation occur, hence moisture is there.
Causing it to rust build or develope on the metal of the freezer.
Rust weaken the metal and soon tearing it.
Have it check by a service technician before it getting worse.
Good luck.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Jun 28, 2011

Check that it set cold because its not below -2 or -5 thats why dose not freeze anything it needs to be at least by -10 to -18

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Jun 04, 2011


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Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on May 20, 2011

Not all refrigerators are insulated the same and not all condensers are in the same place. Your cold control is monitoring the temperature of the refrigerator section and is designed to turn off the compressor to keep things from freezing in that section. If it stays cold long enough outside in your garage the cold control thinks its cold enough and won't turn the compressor on. So, having it in your garage could be the problem.

Make sure you don't have a defrost problem.
The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can't flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

If the defrost thermostat is bad, it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won't turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
You can also bypass(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it's bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it's in the defrost mode.

If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Apr 27, 2011


Only one thing would cause this and it's the thermostat behind the dial. It simply screws out, it's a straight forward repair.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Apr 22, 2011

Yes, if the condenser coils are not on the back of the freezer or underneath they put them in the walls of the freezer where they are not accessable with out destroying the box to get to them. So if that is where the leak is then no it is not repairable.......if the leak is in the evaporator and if the evaporator is Alumium then it is also not repairable.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Apr 17, 2011

Your compressor relay could be bad:

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Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Jan 10, 2011

Hi, Need to replace your door seal to save the energy.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Dec 15, 2010

it could possible be the defroster unit going out on the thermostat theres a hole on the bottom where you can access a screw that will allow you to check and see if the defroster is working put a srew driver in the hole and turn it clock wise till you here it click and then listen for the unit to start defrosting cycle you'll hear a hissing like sound if its working if not you'll need a new defrosting unit

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Dec 03, 2010

this could be just the thermostat stoped working and not the compressor at all, check the stat out first

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Nov 28, 2010

Good day,
Sounds like a defective thermostat. Unfortunately it is difficult to test an erratic thermostat. The procedure is to test with a known good part. Sorry.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Nov 23, 2010

Good day,
Yes, the new high efficiency units tend to run a lot compared to older models. That in fact is not a bad thing, since the compressor has to cycle on and off fewer times per day, and starting and stopping are what create wear and tear on refrigeration equipment. Actually you pay less because of the much smaller compressor that uses less power.

However, keep an eye on it. If it gets continually worse going forward, call for service. Hopefully Frigidaire has solved it's problems but was known to develop internal restrictions in the refrigeration system causing that problem to the point it runs continuously and fails to cool properly.
If the machine is under 5 years of age it would be corrected free of charge.

Frigidaire 14.1... | Answered on Oct 27, 2010

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