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Freezer get cold but refrigerator does not.

This is a sign of a refrigeration problem that must be addressed.
!. Since in most refrigerators The evaporator is on the inside of the freezer, and air is directed to the fresh food compartment. So as you see when you have a problem with the refrigeration part of the system, The freezer holds on till last. Just because this is happening does not mean you have to call a repairman. There are some other steps that you can take before we decide if you need another expense. Please rate this answer and if you need to know more just look me up. thanks wally

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water leaking inside the refridgerator


Hi,
If your chest refrigerator is showing signs of age, it may begin leaking. There are a few methods for troubleshooting faulty chest refrigerator but knowing some of the obvious signs of why it might leak can be very useful if you need to fix it yourself. Leaking is not limited to older models so be aware that certain maintenance procedures can help prevent leaks in newer models.
Understanding Changeable Parts Prior to Troubleshooting There are not that many serviceable or changeable parts inside a refrigerator. A refrigerator works on a very simple basis. It contains evaporator coils, condenser coils, a compressor, a compressor overload, a relay and a thermostat. These are the basic moving parts of a chest freezer but some of them are not serviceable.
The condenser coils condense the water and the evaporator coils disperse excess water caused by the freezing process. The compressor is a heating component which compresses excess water and recycles it through the system.
Defrosting Remove the contents of your refrigerator and place them in an alternative area to keep them frozen. Unplug and defrost your refrigerator before you do any troubleshooting or maintenance. Wipe and clean the inside of the refrigerator so that when you plug it back in it, will free of any grime or loose bits of debris. A clean freezer will also help to promote visibility when it comes to fixing leaks.
Where is the Leak? Once you have defrosted your refrigerator, you need to establish which part of the refrigerator the leak is coming from. It could be coming from the inside of the refrigerator and this would indicate a thermostat issue. Alternatively, it could be coming from the freezing unit at the back of the freezer. Water always finds a way to escape so your leak could be restricted to one place but the actual cause could be elsewhere. Locate the drain tube which is normally found at the back of the freezer. You will probably have to unscrew or unclip the backing panel.
Check the Drain Hole If the drain hole on your chest freezer has become blocked for any reason, you will need to clear it thoroughly to continue getting the best performance from your chest freezer. The drain hole is a component within the lower works of the freezer through which excess water runs to be recycled.
Compressor Issues Your refrigerator contains a compressor which evaporates the excess water from the refrigerator. The refrigerator will defrost excess ice and the water flows down the drain tube to a pan where the heat of the compressor evaporates the water. If your compressor has failed, the leak will be caused by the water failing to evaporate. Have a repair contractor replace your compressor or, if this is not cost-effective, you may need to buy a new refrigerator.
Thermostat If you refrigerator not freezing at all and is dispersing water in several places, you may well have a thermostat failure. Check that you refrigerator is cycling correctly prior to making changes or altering the thermostat. Only if the freezer is not cycling are you likely to need to change the thermostat. If you have checked all the parts of your freezer and you still cannot locate the leak, calling in a service technician might be the best answer.

I hope that solution will help in solving the problem.....

Aug 08, 2011 | Whirlpool ET1FHTXM Top Freezer...

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Our BR18VC model fridge is no longer cooling as it should. It does still run but the freezer section only gets down to about 30 degrees farenhiet. We purchased it here in Denver at a Lefty Martin Appliance store which is no longer in business so need the name and address or phone number of some one in the area who can check and repair our fridge. For added information, the refridgerator section is opperating at 40 with a setting of 5.5 and we have now set the freezer at 7. It had been at 5. My name is Donald Lutze, my Email address is donlutze@yahoo.com, and our phone number is 030 794 8189. Thank you.


Cooling is poor For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Condenser
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer


  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)


  • The defrost heater


If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.
From repairclinic

Jul 26, 2008 | Amana Refrigerators

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Top freezer section working a bit, bottom not working at all


This is a sign of a refrigeration problem that must be addressed.
!. Since in most refrigerators The evaporator is on the inside of the freezer, and air is directed to the fresh food compartment. So as you see when you have a problem with the refrigeration part of the system, The freezer holds on till last. Just because this is happening does not mean you have to call a repairman. There are some other steps that you can take before we decide if you need another expense. Please rate this answer and if you need to know more just look me up. thanks wally

Mar 06, 2011 | GE Profile Arctica Stainless Steel Top...

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my frigde is working but does not get cold


On something like this what I recommend first is to remove the rear panel inside the freezer so we can inspect the evaporator. If the evaporator is iced up the unit will not cool properly & is a sign of a defrost cycle failure.

Jan 25, 2011 | Sanyo SR-3660S Compact Refrigerator

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freezer works fine but the refrigerator is not cooling below 60 degrees


Need you to unplug and lets have a look inside the rear panel in freezer at the evaporator. That is the sign that defrost has stopped. If covered with ice defrost with a hair dryer. Look near bottom there is a defrost heater. Look to see if burned out if glass tube with heater coil inside. Then let me now. If so you will need to change the defrost heater a defrost thermostat. Let me know what you find, Sea Breeze.

Jul 18, 2009 | GE GTS22KBP Top Freezer Refrigerator

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