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All my cooling appliances are dying.
« on: July 07, 2024, 02:08:54 PM »
I have a big Samsung french door fridge in the kitchen and a deep freeze in the garage. Both are kinda cantankerous, but chose this weekend to come to a head.

The fridge, which I've hated from about a week after it was installed in 2012, developed a slow freon leak back in 2020 (while I was deployed, of course) and the repair man we called told the wife the leak was up in the evaporator coil where he couldn't get to it, and was therefore unrepairable, but he could sweat a service valve in and top it off to give her some time to shop.   :laugh: I have 30lbs of R134 in the garage, so I was all about this.  About every 8 months or so it leaks enough to start causing problem, and I hook the gauges up and give her a little more juice.  *expletive deleted*ck the ozone layer.  Well, this last time when it came back on it started throwing Compressor error codes.  Kinda randomly switching between compressor lock and abnormal compressor current, depending on it's mood.  I locked the 3 speed compressor into low speed, filled it, and got it to run, so figuring I had pressed my luck with this one far enough, I availed myself of the end of Lowe's 4th of July sale and the new fridge will be here Tuesday.  This POS just needs to hold on till then.

The Deep Freeze in the garage is more of a problem for me.  It's a Maytag MZF34X, which is supposed to be designed to run in non AC spaces like garages.  Unfortunately, it has a tendency to ice the evaporator, which requires me to periodically unplug it, take the covers off, and hit the coils with a hair dryer before my 1/4 cow thaws.  This annoys me and I'd like to fix it.  I'm thinking that it either: 1. can't actually handle the heat in my garage, and the compressor is running 24/7, 2. Also has a small freon leak and is running low causing the low pressure lines to build ice over time that gets to the coils, or 3. something is wrong with the auto defrost timer.  Can anyone with more appliance repair know-how than I point me in a direction for narrowing down this issue?  I'd rather not have to buy a new freezer, and when the coils are not iced, it holds -10 like a champ.  I haven't pulled the back cover off it and looked at anything yet.

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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2024, 04:55:53 PM »
I hope you didn't buy another Samsung fridge.

Word of advice to everyone...

Do NOT buy Samsung appliances.

Their electronics are great.

Their appliances suck monkey balls.
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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2024, 05:35:01 PM »
I did not.  When we moved I to this house, we bought a whole suite of Samsung appliances.  Fridge, stove, microwave,  dishwasher, washer,  dryer.

This fridge was the last appliance running from that mistake. Honestly,  I only dealt with it's issues this long because replacement french door fridges are stupid expensive and I wanted to put it off as long as possible.

Never again will I buy a Samsung appliance.

With the 4th sales, we got the new LG at about 45% off regular price.

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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2024, 10:05:42 PM »
Your freezer is getting some moist air in somewhere, or you have a problem with the defrost duration or, time off after wards so you are blowing warm moist air around. Not sure without seeing it. Check door seals and defrost drain. It night have a trap in it or a duck bill to keep air from coming in from the drain pan.

I could have fixed your first fridge on the second trip out. But the windshield time would have sucked.
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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2024, 10:07:46 PM »
I hope you didn't buy another Samsung fridge.

Word of advice to everyone...

Do NOT buy Samsung appliances.

Their electronics are great.

Their appliances suck monkey balls.

What I've heard.
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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2024, 10:27:10 PM »
I hope you didn't buy another Samsung fridge.

Word of advice to everyone...

Do NOT buy Samsung appliances.

Their electronics are great.

Their appliances suck monkey balls.

The White Goods, appliances are made in a different place then the Brown Good, electronics.

There is a lot of overlap these days, but it is still made at a different plant.

In my old job I did appliance school for about every brand there was. Only GE and LG let me do electronics training also. This is pre 2008 so it might be differnt now.

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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2024, 06:17:14 AM »
Your freezer is getting some moist air in somewhere, or you have a problem with the defrost duration or, time off after wards so you are blowing warm moist air around. Not sure without seeing it. Check door seals and defrost drain. It night have a trap in it or a duck bill to keep air from coming in from the drain pan.

I could have fixed your first fridge on the second trip out. But the windshield time would have sucked.

The freezer is in a garage in FL, so everything I open it it gets some moist air.  Do they still use defrost timers? Or is it all electronically controlled now?  And are the defrost times and time off after adjustable?

I feel like the drain is probably working, as when I melt the evap with a hair dryer, all that water goes down the drain and dissappears.

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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2024, 07:12:25 AM »
I did not.  When we moved I to this house, we bought a whole suite of Samsung appliances.  Fridge, stove, microwave,  dishwasher, washer,  dryer.

This fridge was the last appliance running from that mistake. Honestly,  I only dealt with it's issues this long because replacement french door fridges are stupid expensive and I wanted to put it off as long as possible.

Never again will I buy a Samsung appliance.

With the 4th sales, we got the new LG at about 45% off regular price.


Wow. Ouch. Ouch. That's a lot of money.

I don't know of anyone who has owned a Samsung appliance who has been completely satisfied.

The odd thing is... if you do searches on Samsung appliance reliability you get "statistically they are very reliable!"

With LOTS of people bitching about their Samsung appliances sucking monkey balls.
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2024, 07:30:44 AM »

Wow. Ouch. Ouch. That's a lot of money.

I don't know of anyone who has owned a Samsung appliance who has been completely satisfied.

The odd thing is... if you do searches on Samsung appliance reliability you get "statistically they are very reliable!"

With LOTS of people bitching about their Samsung appliances sucking monkey balls.

Got the Samsung dishwisher I got for free and so far it's been fine. Cross my fingers.
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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2024, 10:48:06 AM »
Friend of mine had a Samsung refrigerator that only lasted about five years. Oddly enough, the mechanicals were fine. It was the electronics that died. Replacement would have cost almost as much as the fridge did new, so she ditched it and went with a upper-mid-tier KitchenAid which ended up a screaming deal due to a Scratch & Dent clearance.

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Re: All my cooling appliances are dying.
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2024, 12:50:24 PM »
I hope you didn't buy another Samsung fridge.

Word of advice to everyone...

Do NOT buy Samsung appliances.

Their electronics are great.

Their appliances suck monkey balls.


I have a friend that works in the warranty dept for Samsung corporate in the appliance section. According to her, they hover around an 80% warranty rate. Meaning that 80% of their production needs work at some point during the warranty. That’s abysmal.

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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2024, 01:03:07 PM »

I have a friend that works in the warranty dept for Samsung corporate in the appliance section. According to her, they hover around an 80% warranty rate. Meaning that 80% of their production needs work at some point during the warranty. That’s abysmal.

Are they made in the other Korea?
How the heck would they make a profit?
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2024, 01:34:23 PM »

I have a friend that works in the warranty dept for Samsung corporate in the appliance section. According to her, they hover around an 80% warranty rate. Meaning that 80% of their production needs work at some point during the warranty. That’s abysmal.


That's not abysmal... that's virtually criminal.
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2024, 02:00:23 PM »
Are they made in the other Korea?
How the heck would they make a profit?

They can write that off. That's why most parts for newer appliances are way overpriced.

Not sure what defrost set up you have in your freezer but the factory one is not adjustable. If it is still a mechanical timer, they used to make a universal adjustable one. I'll see if I can remember who made it. If you wanted to get crazy you could get a commercial timer and wire it in.
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