BEFORE YOU START
Our pictorials are of informative nature and do illustrate works carried by ourselves at our own premises for our own use and satisfaction.
Readers who envisage to carry out similar works inspired by the below method shall do this at their own risks and liability.
step by step pictorial
1- Before you unplug the unit, find the inner panel in the fridge compartment. It houses the lighting and the air damper. Unscrew the panel.
4- Gently pull out the panel and put is aside. Do not touch the wires.
7- Unplug the unit, take out the screws of the control panel.
10- With an ohmmeter, read the low and high values of the control potentiometer.
13- Take it out. Take care not to force and make sure all screws have been dismantled if you face any resistance.
16- Test the fan directly into a wall socket. Make sure you do not expose yourself to any risk of electrocution. Secure the wires you use for this testing.
19- Now the distributor in my country doesn't have the defective damper so I decided to attempt a repair until the new one is made available.
22- Time to get your miraculous storage box including all dismantled miniature items from damaged devices.
25- Meticulously push and secure every panel.
2- More screws could be hidden within the light bulb compartment. Take the diffuser out and uncover the bulb.
5- Find a rectangular piece of plastic material like this one. This is the damper that regulates the air flow into the fridge. The cold air comes from the freezer compartment pushed by a fan. The damper is closed.
8- Unscrew the door hinge, take the door out and put it aside.
11- Make sure the values are different by some multiplying factor or compare them to the knob of the freezer.
14- This uncovers the fan that needs to be tested.
17- Let it rotate for a few minutes while keeping an eye from time to time to make sure it does not stop. Apply a light pressure with your finger, the motor should stop and restart smoothly as soon as you remove your fingers.
20- The motor is separated from the damper housing.
23- And to find that little washer which will shift the friction by half a mm to a new part of the drive pinion.
26- Make sure the fan rotates freely.
3- Remove the fixing screw.
6- Move the control knob of the fridge right and left and make sure to set it back to any position in the middle: the damper emits noise but remains stuck in place.
9- Rotate the control panel, unplug it and take it out.
12- Go the the freezer compartment and unscrew the inner panel.
15- Pull out the fan assembly panel, unplug the fan connector.
18- If the freezer built ice, allow it to deice first. Do not force out the ice, do not use any tool. Once done, see our tip for "freezer building ice" to understand the cause and solve the problem.
21- And the gear carefully inspected. The motor pinion seems worn a little where the friction occurs with the next one.
24- Carefully reassemble the fridge. Have all wires pass within the intended clips.
27- Keep the lighting panel out, plug the fridge, apply the starting procedure, wait a few minutes for the compressor to start then activate the fridge knob and make sure the damper now opens. It works!. This should be fine until the new spare is received.
See also our pictorial for deicing a freezer.