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My refridgerator is not as cool as it use to be and the freezer is not freezing all that hard it completly melted 2 days ago and now its making ice cubes hard. I checked the power to the compressor and its working i also checked the power to fan I have power to fan. The fan doesnt seem to be kicking on Does all the wires have to be connected in order to have compressor and ice maker, and fan. Thank you Mary Im not sure how often the fan kicks on or does it stay on The only thing that I can seem to get is there isnt any

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Hi mary,

you said there is power to the fan? which fan?..the one near the compressor or the fan inside the evaporator coil?

if it is the fan near the compressor, it should be running if there is power. if the fan is sticky, lubricate the bushings of the fan with lubricating oils.

if the compressor is running and the fan is not running, the compressor will overheat and cutoff the thermal overload of the compressor. that would explain the problem of not getting coool as before.

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Poorcooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporatorcoils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

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

The refrigeratoris supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hourperiod. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails,the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so muchfrost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can'tdraw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of coolingbecause the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, coolingin the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's aninexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem iswith the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food fromthe refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigeratorto Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to haveseveral towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drippan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually."When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn thethermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then coolsproperly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in theself-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer

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

  • The defrost heater

Ifit still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with therefrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with aqualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

Condenser Self-defrostingrefrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually underthe refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils getcoated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly.The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like devicebehind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigeratorfrom the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see theAppliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean thecoils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all ofthe condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean theremainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

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