Admiral refrigerator troubleshooting

Any modern refrigerator is a complex system, where the majority of parts interact with each other. In case of damage of one part, the entire system can fall out, if a breakdown is not corrected in time. The diagnostics of malfunction contributing to the further professional repairs of a refrigerator is the key objective of troubleshooting tables with faults` codes for admiral refrigerators presented below.

PROBLEMPOSSIBLE CAUSESWHAT TO DO
Won’t runPower cord not plugged in.Push plug into outlet.
No power to outlet.Replace fuse, reset circuit breaker.
Fresh food control set to “OFF" position.Set fresh food control [see page 7).
Refrigerator is in automatic defrost.Wait 25 minutes for defrost cycle to end.
Room temperature less than 55° F (13* C).Relocate unit to proper climate (see Installation on page 3).
Runs too long, too frequentlyToday’s refrigerators start and stop more often to maintain even temperatures.
Normal at startup for new or recently installed units.Wait 24 hours for refrigerator to completely cool down (see Temperature Controls on page 7).
Prolonged or frequent door openings.This is normal. Minimize door openings.
Door not sealing.Check to see if something is preventing door from closing.
Front base grille blocked.Unblock to allow warm air to exit unit.
Light not workingBulb burned out.Unplug refrigerator and change bulb (see page 14).
No power to unit.Check to see if power cord is completely plugged in properly.
Visible glow in freezer ventsAppearance of a red glow or reflection is normal during the defrost cycle.
Warm air from cabinet bottomThis is normal air flow for condenser circulation.
Cabinet vibratesCabinet not level. Weak floor.Level cabinet (see page 3).
Odor in cabinetOdor producing foods not covered.Cover or wrap odorous foods tightly. Clean cabinet.
Noise, sounds and vibrationsNormal noise.See Normal Operating Sounds (page 16).
Cabinet not level.Level cabinet (see page 3).
Freezer, refrigerator too warmControl set too warm. Prolonged door openings.Adjust temperature control (see page 7). Minimize door openings.
Room temperature less than 55° F (13° C).Unit will not run often enough to maintain proper temperatures.
Products with high sugar content may not harden completely when frozen.
Freezer, refrigerator too coldControl set too cold.Adjust temperature control (see page 7).
Automatic icemaker not workingSensor arm in up position.Adjust sensor arm down to "ON” position.
Cabinet not level.Level unit (see page 3).
Water supply not connected or restricted.Connect water supply, or dear obstructions.
Freezer too warm.Adjust freezer temperature control (see page 7).
Ice cubes have il odor/tasteOld cubes.Discard; ice cubes may absorb odors which affect taste.
Bad water quality.Contact local water treatment company.
Food transmitted odor/taste to ice.Wrap foods tightly.
Ice cubes sticking in trayResidue from minerals in the water.Wipe trays with vinegar-soaked doth until clean.
Ice cubes evaporatingLimited use of ice.Dump old ice cubes.
Moisture on cabinet surface between doorsNot unusual during periods of high humidity.
Moisture on inside cabinet walls or in crisperHot humid weather.Normal.
Frequent or prolonged door openings.Minimize door openings.
Door not closed properly.Check to see if something is preventing door from dosing.
Food not wrapped properly.Wrap or cover all foods tightly.
Foods dry outCrisper not tightly closed.Close crisper all the way.
Excessive moisture in crisperTemperature controls set too cold.Adjust temperature controls (see page 7).
Packages not wrapped or sealed properly.Wrap or cover all foods tightly.
Hot humid weather.Minimize door openings.
Humidity slide on crisper needs adjustment.Slide control to “Fruit” setting to allow more moisture to leave the drawer.
Too much moisture on fresh produce before storing.Do not wash items prior to stor age. Wait to wash fresh items until right before use.
Foods not stored properly.Store leafy vegetables in a loosely closed plastic bag. Store items with an outer skin Q.e. apples, oranges, pears, grapes, cucumbers, etc.] in a vented bag or unwrapped in the drawer. Store mushrooms and berries in original vented cartons or boxes, not in plastic bags.

Admiral DNS series refrigerator troubleshooting

DNS series is a lineup of refrigerators produced by the U.S. brand of electrical appliances Admiral. The company stopped production long ago, but the DNS refrigerators can still be found in some households. One of the most popular models is the duplex no frost refrigerator DNS22H9.

ProblemsCause/Solutions
NOISY OPERATION• Fan noise perfectly normal in no frost refrigerators. You may not be used to this if previous model was manual defrost.
• Cabinet not level
• Weak floor
RED GLOW VISIBLE IN FREEZER• Reflection of defrost mechanism during normal defrost cycle.
SIZZLING SOUND IN FREEZER• Normal sound caused by defrost water dripping on defrost mechanism
ICE CUBES EVAPORATE• Cold air moving over ice cubes causes shrinkage.
ICE CUBES STICKING IN TRAY• Trays may be coated with residue film from minerals in the water. Wipe trays with vinegar-soaked cloth until clean. If residue is heavy, clean trays each time re- frigerator is cleaned.
WARM AIR FROM CABINET BOTTOM• Normal air flow for condenser circulation.
FRONT CABINET SURFACE WARM TO TOUCH• Special design to prevent condensation during periods of high humidity.
MOISTURE ON OUTSIDE SURFACE• Hot, humid weather increases condensation. When humidity drops, condensation disappears.
ODOR IN CABINET• Defrost pan needs cleaning.
• Food left uncovered.
AUTOMATIC ICE MAKER NOT OPERATING• Stop arm in OFF position.
• Water supply turned off.
• Water pressure too low.
• Freezer too warm.
ICE DISPENSER NOT OPERATING• Ice jam in the dispenser
• Ice maker not operating
WATER DISPENSER NOT OPERATING• Water supply turned off
• Water pressure too low
ICE DISPENSER MOTOR RUNS BUT DOES NOT DISPENSE ICE• The freezer shelf, that the ice bin sits upon, may not be properly secured be- hind front shelf retainers on liner walls.
WATER ON FLOOR UNDER CABINET• Defrost pan missing or not positioned correctly
• Water connection loose on water valve
REFRIGERATOR WON'T RUN• Temperature control turned to OFF.
• Power cord not plugged in.
• No power at electrical outlet.
• House fuse blown.
REFRIGERATOR RUNS TOO LONG• Under normal conditions, due to larger size and colder temperatures, modern refrigerators run a greater percentage of the time.
• Prolonged or frequent door openings.
• Condenser needs cleaning.
• Poor air circulation around condenser.
FOODS DRY OUT (FRESH OR FROZEN)• Packages not wrapped or sealed properly
• Crisper not tightly closed

ADMIRAL 1*** series refrigerator troubleshooting

The Admiral 1*** range includes side-by-side refrigerators equipped with dial temperature controls, a can pack keeper (some models), and an automatic ice maker with a dispenser. Admiral has been producing major appliances, including refrigerators, since 1950s.

PROBLEMPOSSIBLE CAUSESWHAT TO DO
Freezer control and lights are on, but compressor is not operatingRefrigerator is in defrost mode.Normal operation. Wait 40 minutes to see if refrigerator restarts.
Refrigerator does not operateRefrigerator is not plugged in.Plug in refrigerator.
Dial control in freezer is set to OFF (select models).See page 7 to adjust controls.
Fuse is blown, or circuit breaker needs to be reset.Replace any blown fuses. Check circuit breaker and reset, if necessary.
Power outage has occurred.Call local power company listing to report outage.
Refrigerator still won’t operateRefrigerator is malfunctioning.Unplug refrigerator and transfer food to another refrigerator. If another refrigerator is not available, place dry ice in freezer section to preserve food. Warranty does not cover food loss. Contact service for assistance.
Food temperature is too coldCondenser coils are dirty.Clean according to the chart.
Refrigerator or freezer controls are set too high.See page 7 to adjust controls.
Food is too close to upper left air inlet.Relocate food.
Food temperature is too warmDoor is not closing properly.Refrigerator is not level. See page 6 for details on how to level your refrigerator.
Check gaskets for proper seal. Clean, if necessary.
Check for internal obstructions that are keeping door from closing properly (i.e. improperly closed drawers, ice buckets, oversized or improperly stored containers, etc.)
Controls need to be adjusted.See page 7 to adjust controls.
Condenser coils are dirty.Clean according to the cleaning chart on page 19.
Rear air grille is blocked.Check the positioning of food items in refrigerator to make sure grille is not blocked. Rear air grilles are located under crisper drawers.
Door has been opened frequently, or has been opened for long periods of time.Reduce time door is open. Organize food items efficiently to assure door is open for as short a time as possible.
Food has recently been added.Allow time for recently added food to reach refrigerator or freezer temperature.
Refrigerator has an odorOdor producing foods should be covered or wrapped.Clean according to cleaning chart on page 19.
The interior needs cleaning.
Water droplets form on outside of refrigeratorDoor gaskets are not sealing properly.Clean according to the chart on page 19.
Humidity levels are high.Normal during times of high humidity.
Controls require adjustment.See page 7 to adjust controls.
Water droplets form on inside of refrigeratorHumidity levels are high or door has been been opened frequently.Reduce time door is open. Organize food items efficiently to assure door is open for as short a time as possible.
Door gaskets are not sealing properly.Clean according to the chart on page 19.
Refrigerator or ice maker makes unfamiliar sounds or seems too loudNormal operation.See page 23.
Crisper drawers do not close freelyContents of drawer, or positioning of items in the surrounding compartment could be obstructing drawer.Reposition food items and containers to avoid interference with the drawers.
Refrigerator is not level.See pages 4-5 for details on how to level your refrigerator.
Drawer channels are dirty.Clean drawer channels with warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to drawer channels.
Refrigerator runs too frequentlyDoors have been opened frequently or for long periods of time.Reduce time door is open. Organize food items efficiently to assure door is open for as short a time as possible. Allow interior environment to adjust for period the door has been opened.
Humidity or temperature in surrounding area is high.Normal operation.
Food has recently been added.Allow time for recently added food to reach refriaerator or freezer temperature.
Refrigerator is exposed to heat by environment or by appliances nearby.Evaluate your refrigerator’s environment. Refrigerator may need to be moved to run more efficiently.
Condenser coils are dirty.Clean according to the chart on page 19.
Controls need to be adjusted.See page 7 to adjust controls.
Door is not closing properly.Refrigerator is not level, see pages 4-5, Leveling. Check for internal obstructions that are keeping door from closing properly (.i.e. improperly closed drawers, ice buckets, oversized or improperly stored containers, etc.)
Door gaskets are not sealing properly.Cleaning according to the chart on page 19.
No indicator lights are lit on dispenser controlFreezer door is not closed.Verify that freezer door is closed. Power is removed from the control when freezer door is opened.
Refrigerator is not plugged in.Plug in refrigerator.
Fuse is blown, or circuit breaker needs to be resetReplace any blown fuses. Check circuit breakers for any tripped circuits.
Power outage has occurred.Call local power company listing to report outage.
Refrigerator is in Sabbath Mode (select models).See Sabbath Mode page 12.
Ice or water are not dispensed when pads are pressedFreezer door is not closed.Verify that freezer door is closed. Power is removed from the control when freezer door is opened.
Controls are in lock mode (select models).See Dispenser Lock page 12.
Water tank is filling.At initial use. there is an approximate one- to two- minute delay in dispensing while the internal water tank is filling.
Ice maker has just been installed or a large amount of ice has been used.Wait 3-6 hours for ice production to begin or for ice maker to restock after emptied.
Water filter is clogged or needs to be changed.Change water filter (see page 13).
Ice maker is not producing enough ice or ice is malformedIce maker has just been installed or a large amount of ice has been used.Wait 3-6 hours for ice production to begin or for ice maker to restock after emptied.
Water pressure is too low.Low water pressure can cause valve to leak. Water pressure must be between 35 to 100 pounds per square inch to function properly. A minimum pressure of 35 pounds per square inch is recommended for refrigerators with water filters.
Water filter is clogged or needs to be changed.Change water filter (see page 13).
Ice maker is not producing iceIce maker arm is up.Confirm ice maker arm is down. See Automatic Ice Maker; page 10.
Household water supply is not reaching water valve.See Connecting the Water Supply, pages 5-6.
Copper tubing has kinks.Turn off water supply and remove kinks. If kinks cannot be removed, replace tubing.
Water pressure is too low.Water pressure must be between 35 to 100 pounds per square inch to function properly. A minimum pressure of 35 pounds per square inch is recommended for refrigerators with water filters.
Check freezer temperature.See Temperature Controls, page 7 to adjust controls. Freezer must be between 0° to 2° F (-18° to -17° C) to produce ice.
Ice bin is not installed properly.See Ice Storage Bin, page 9.
Improper water valve was installed.See Connecting the Water Supply, pages 5-6. Self-piercing and % saddle valves cause low water pressure and may clog the line over time. The manufacturer is not responsible for property damage due to improper installation or water connection.
Water filter indicator light is redWater filter needs to be replaced.If filter is not available, replace with bypass filter. See Water Filter, page 13.
Filter indicator sensor needs to be resetSee Filter Status Indicator Light, page 12.
Ice forms in inlet tube to ice makerWater pressure is low.Water pressure must be between 35 to 100 pounds per square inch to function properly. A minimum pressure of 35 pounds per square inch is recommended for refrigerators with water filters.
Saddle valve not open completely.Open saddle valve completely.
Freezer temperature is too high.See Temperature Controls, page 7. Freezer temperature should be between 0° to 2° F (-18° to -17° C).
Refrigerator is leaking waterPlastic tubing was used to complete water connection.The manufacturer recommends using copper tubing for installation. Plastic is less durable and can cause leakage. The manufacturer is not responsible for property damage due to improper installation or water connection.
Improper water valve was installed.See Connecting the Water Supply, pages 5-6. Self- piercing and saddle valves cause low water pressure and may clog the line over time. The manufacturer is not responsible for property damage due to improper installation or water connection.
Water flow is slower than normalWater pressure is low.Water pressure must be between 35 to 100 pounds per square inch to function properly. A minimum pressure of 35 pounds per square inch is recommended for refrigerators with water filters.
Saddle valve not open completely.Open saddle valve completely.
Improper water valve was installed.See Connecting the Water Supply, pages 5-6. Self- piercing and fte” saddle valves cause low water pressure and may clog the line over time. The manufacturer is not responsible for property damage due to improper installation or water connection.
Copper tubing has kinks.Turn off water supply and remove kinks. If kinks cannot be removed, replace tubing.
Water filter is clogged or needs to be changed.Change water filter (see page 13).
Water valve not opened completely.Open water valve completely and check for leaks. The minimum flow at dispenser is approximately 10 fluid ounces in nine seconds with a new filter in place or approximately 10 fluid ounces in five seconds without a filter.
Dispenser water is not coldRefrigerator has been recently installed.Allow approximately 12 hours for water in holding tank to chill.
Water supply in holding tank has been depleted.
Water has settled into water lines outside holding tank and has warmed to room temperature.Discard first glass of water and refill.
Water appears cloudyAir or air bubbles in water.This is normal when first using the dispenser and will disappear with use.
Particles in water and/or ice cubes.Carbon dust from water filter cartridge.Initial water ejected through cartridge may contain harmless carbon dust flushed from cartridge. Particles are safe for consumption. Will disappear after the first few uses.
Concentrations of minerals in water will form particles when water becomes frozen and melts.Particles are not harmful and naturally occur in water supplies.