Fridgidaire Gallery Powers off for several hours and sometimes days

by Joey Amato   Last Updated November 14, 2017 18:21 PM

I have a Fridgidaire Gallery Model: FGHN2866PF0.

The issue I have is that the fridge powers off for hours at a time and sometimes days at a time. No cooling, no lights in fridge. Only the door control panel stays alive.

The inner door control panel stays lit with the codes OF OF on the Fridge and freezer temperature readings.

I've changed the main board 3 times. and the control panel as well. Each time the problem returns after 1 month.

I don't know what else may be causing the issue. It's not the home breaker popping, because the display stay lit.

When the fridge comes back to life, the high temperature alarms go off, the ice maker begins to make ice, the compressor comes on, the lights come on.

Anyone ever experience this issue in the past?

Thank you Joey

Tags : refrigerator

Answers 3

Ok, Here is what I see. By all appearances you are either loosing the power leg or neutral leg intermittently to the frig. The control panel remains lit because of internal battery function. When power is restored, the frig starts and is going again. The vast majority of the time this type of problem is caused by a bad wiring connection in a kitchen receptacle, possible the one the frig is plugged in to. Unplug the frig from its own receptacle. Use a good quality extension cord and power the frig from a bath room or clothes washer receptacle.(no other receptacle choices & cord no longer than necessary) Monitor its operation here for several days. This will tell us if we have failure in the frig or in the house wiring. Although very unlikely, you could have a bad breaker. We will try that next. Also, just because the kitchen and its wiring is new doesn't mean you don't have a problem in one of these receptacles. Are you resetting any GFI receptacles during this process? Are you resetting breakers during this process. Are the kitchen circuits on ark-fault breakers? (Do the breakers controlling kitchen circuits have push-buttons on them?)

Paul Logan
Paul Logan
November 16, 2017 17:25 PM

A good electrician or appliance service tech should be able to trouble shoot this problem. Someplace in the frig there is a connection that is opening up. It has nothing to do with grounding wires. The hot lead or the neutral is opening up somewhere intermittently. One way that may help you find it is when the unit is in failed condition leave it plugged and start moving things around in there. Touch and wiggle every place where you see wires coming together. Get a good light and look for signs of burning, sparking or heat discoloration. Look for melted plastic. Follow the wiring path, pushing and prodding as you go. A loose connection will show itself with this treatment. If you get some response, you know you have found the problem.

Paul Logan
Paul Logan
November 21, 2017 04:49 AM

Well, I finally solved the issue. There was a pinch ground wire from the power cord. The ground was pinched between the frame and housing. I also found 2 ground wires that were grounded to the compressor. These wires were screwed to the compressor mounting frame, but there was a piece of green tape between the metal and the eye loops of the grounds. Basically, the grounds were not grounded.

Since un-pinching the power line ground wire and removing the tape to allow the other 2 grounds to have a good ground, fridge is working non-stop for 30 days now. Regards,

Joey Amato
Joey Amato
December 22, 2017 10:20 AM

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