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Serious neglected refrigerator item

In all my years, one of the most common errors I see owners of refrigerators perform, is neglecting to reinstall the cardboard backing on the refrigerator.

Being cardboard, as a rule, many owners feel it can just be tossed.
Usually occurs after cleaning, repairing, or moving the machine.

NOT TRUE. IT IS A VITAL PART OF THE MACHINE............
and is just as important as any other component. Although it does protect someone from sticking their hand in the compartment and getting it cut up by the fan motor, it's primary function is to duct air properly through the condenser.
True, when pushed back to the wall, the wall acts somewhat as the cardboard would, but in any case, the compressor is being subjected to running too hot.
It might cool alright, but the life expectancy of the machine is being compromised every day it's left that way.

Reinstall it when missing. If you have lost or discarded it, then no need to buy a new one. Simply take a cardboard box, and cut a new one to shape.
Use whatever screws you have to attach it, and if not quite right, a little duct tape should finish the job.
May not look pretty, but no one is going to see it any way, and your doing yourself a big favor.

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I have got a Bosch KGV36NW20G Fridge Freezer and it's only 2.5 years old. Some problem has occurred recently. I can hear that water or some fluid is flowing around in the Fridge Freezer all the time, which never happened before. It is has been constantly working for a few days without stopping. The temperature is about 12 Celsius in the fridge and -3 Celsius in the freezer. Has someone experienced such problem before? Is this a hardware problem? Any ideas / advices would be very much appreciated.


From your description, it sounds like your condensing coil is dirty and needs cleaning. You will probably find the coil and fan inside the back cardboard cover area. Once a condensing coil gets so dirty, the refrigerant condensed in the condenser is so hot that it does little cooling effect because of the internal heat consumes any refrigeration effect left in the refrigerant. This is vary common problem and especially for pet owner. The pet fur and hair get caught in condensing coil and block air flow.
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When I moved, the cardboard backing on the bottom of the fridge was wrecked and subsequently removed. Is this vital to the fridge's performance and can I replace it with another piece of cardboard? It appears to be covering a fan and a condenser.


yes that panel directs the air flo for the condenser fan that helps keep the compressor cool and moves the air over the condensor coils you can use card board just make sure you put air holes so the fan can pull air in

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why is there cardboard instead of metal in the back of my refridg


They've been made with fiberboard for as long as I can remember, and it serves the purpose perfectly fine. And, it doesn't rattle. I don't think it's even possible to buy one in metal, and if you could, it must have the slots cut in the right places for ventilation.

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More than likely the fridge isn't breathing properly. The most common solution for this is to clean behind the fridge. It is the most common place that people forget to clean. On the back of the fridge at the bottom there should be a "filter" usually cardboard that gets full of dust bunnies and just all around dirt. The back is where the fridge breaths air in and without air the fridge suffocates itself and will run more trying to get air in resulting in a warm fridge. Good luck.

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the back panel inside the freezer has screws in it. take out the screws to remove that panel. the coils are behind that. melt all the frost. youll see one or 2 heating elements in there also. replace the elements. its a common ge problem. this will fix the problem

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