Tip & How-To about Refrigerators

Simple thing you can do if the ref is not getting cold enough.

1. Defrost the freezer if you see ice on the inside wall.
This is a very common problem. Before you call a technician do this.
Defrost the freezer completely, and when you put the items back, make sure that the vent are not being blocked. The fan needs to circulate the air inside the freezer to keep it from having frost. Ice build up causes circulation problem which causes the ref and even the freezer to not get cold enough. Since the thermostat senses that it is not getting cold enough the refrigerator runs constantly and producing even more frost. Then the owner turns the refrigerator to coldest setting which actually do not help, or maybe make the problem even worse, all the while running up the electric bill as well. So there you go.

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will not cool at all..freezer has ice on wall in back will not cool down..how to check condenser


its not a condensor problem, its the evaporator coil behind this iced up panel inside the freezer thats covered in ice thats causing your unit not to cool,either the defrost heater is open(bad) or the defrost terminator is bad,you need to remove this panel on the inside rear wall of the freezer to access these 2 components,they can both be tested with an ohm meter,however the defrost terminator has to be below 20 degrees to be tested properly,as this terminator shuts off the defrost cycle when the evaporator gets too warm during defrosting cycle to keep the freezer wall from melting

Dec 12, 2012 | Refrigerators

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my fridge (whirpool) side by side its not making ice, the water dispenser its working fine, just replaced the filter in the fridge and also by the wall , any ideas/


Check Temp inside freezer. It has to be down to about 10 or 15 degrees
This can cause slow ice making if its too high even tho its freezing everything else at 25 degrees
See if water is in icemaker.
Pour water in Ice Maker and wait to see if it ejects.
If it ejects thenyou need to replace water valve in rear bottom of fridge(Its the part that
attaches to water line out of wall)
If it doesn't eject then it is a faulty Ice Maker.
If its leaking same part needs replaced.The water valve at the bottom rear of fridge
First I would check the fan in the freezer. Listen to see if it is running
It moves air to the ref from the freezer
Then check to see if freezer control is turned WARMER, which makes the Ref. colder
Also this might be a common Defrost problem, Ice
is not being melted by the defrost system.The fan can't blow through the coils into the fridge.
Take out back panel of freezer to check for ice buildup. The coils should be clean.
There are three components to a defrost system- a heater,heater thermostat, and a timer unless you have a defrost electronic card.
Its best handled by a Technician but you could possibly do it by taking your model number to the nearest appliance parts store and asking for the parts. They are mostly located in freezer ,behind back panel on freezer coils.except the card which is usually located in ref The parts store will have info
Also check fan undernearh Ref in the rear
Clean condenser coils underneath
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Jul 30, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator side doesn't keep things cold, just cool, despite having it on the coldest setting and the cold vent open between the freezer. The freezer is working fine.


Look on the back wall of the freezer for a ice buildup. If there is ice you have a defrost problem. The defrost timer is in the fresh food section inside the control panel.The defrost heater and defrost thermostat are behind the freezer back panel inside the freezer.
Also check the freezer fan. If there is no ice buildup in the freezer the freezer fan motor could be bad.

Nov 21, 2009 | Jenn-Air JSD2789GES Side by Side...

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warm frig and cold freezer


usualy a defrost problem check for ice on back wall in freezer thats most common problem check for ice on wall in freezer ice build up is due to defrost system failure

Aug 17, 2009 | GE (PSS26MSRSS) Side by Side Refrigerator

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