My fridge is not cold enough and the freeze is colder and has ice
My fridge is not cold as usual, it is about 70 degree. However, the freeze is colder and has ice at the bottom of utility bin. The freezer has frost build up near the door( the hinge side). I thought may be because of the dirt build up at the bottom of the fridge, so I cleaned it up, but nothing changed. What should I do now?
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Hi. thanks for the question. the drain tube that goes down to the drain tray is clogged. turn fridge off .pull fridge from wall. remove back panel clean all coils. let it thaw with doors open, it will thaw quiker. when thawed, clean the drain tube. this will solve the problem. thanks the appliance doc
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Cold air falls so unless your fridge has a fan the bottom is always going to be colder than the top. Raise the temperature by a couple of degrees, as your thermostat is reading the temperature at the top.
Check to see that the evaporator is not covered with layer of ice. The latter serves as an insulator and prevents freezer temps from going down to about zero degrees. If the defrost heater/timer is defective that will certainly be a cause. Since the freezer air is not cold enough to freeze, then the refrigerator temps are also high. Using a digital thermometer will confirm this.
Leaking door gaskets can also be responsible for higher internal temps
Many residential refrigerator / freezers are designed to work at temperature considerably above above freezing. Most modern refrigerator / freezer have a single electric thermostat - located in the fresh food compartment. This lone thermostat will control the compressor to keep the fridge (fresh food) section at the desired temperature (usually between 34 - 38 degrees F). The freezer will get colder regardless of how cold it is already whenever the fridge thermostat turns the compressor on.
Now that you see how the thermostat works, let's look at what happens when the fridge is placed in an unheated space - like a garage. In winter time, the temperature can drop considerably below 38 degrees. If the outdoor temperature remains cold enough, for long enough - it will affect the thermostat in the fridge. The temperature inside the fridge could drop below 38 degrees, preventing the thermostat from telling the compressor to turn on. Meanwhile, the temperature in the freezer compartment slowly rises from the normal -10 to 0 F degrees. It will continue to rise until it is the same temperature as the fresh food compartment or until the thermostat in the fresh food compartment tells the compressor to turn on again. This means the freezer contents will thaw.
If the temperature in the garage is even in the 40 to 50 degree range, the loss of cold in the fridge may not happen often enough to keep the compressor coming on often enough to keep some freezer items frozen solid - such as ice cream. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees F, other products may require lower temperatures to remain frozen, and could thaw at 28 or other temperature.
assuming fan now working. clean out vents/ drain holes (make sure no ice in bottom of freezer or in fridge unit)i.e. a total defrost.then check door seals all okay(no air leaks) if unit was trying to defrost itself and you reset to colder it will need to reset itself.....
probably,there is a garage kit available that willallow it to work at colder temps,listed in owners manule under accessories the thermostat senses refrig compartment temps.soif garage temp is below 40 or so the thermostat just doen't turn the unit on enough or not at all
I bet that it's warmer in the garage than in the house where it came from. Just FYI. A freezer has to be 5 degrees or colder before a ice maker will activate it's self. I bet your freezer is 10 degrees or warmer but not warm enough for it to melt ice. I suggest that you first check the temp. If not 0 degrees or colder adjust the thermostat. This is the knob that will turn the unit off. (The other controls the air flow into the fresh food section) Make sure you adjust the correct one. I would also clean the coils under the fridge. If they are dirty, your unit will run all the time and may never get cold enough.Let sit over night then see if ice was made. If not you will need to check your water valve, where the water supply connects to the back of the fridge. To test, you can take the tube off that runs from the water valve to the ice maker. Unplug the wires from the water valve. Now use cheater or jumper wires and connect 110v to the connections you removed the wires from. If you water supply is on and water does not come where you disconnected the tube, you have a bad valve. One of these problem has to be whats wrong seeing you have a new maker.
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found the problem .the compressor is not putting out enough cold to freeze the coils' only half the coils are freezing in the bottom of the fridge. the fan draws it's cold air from these coils and pulls it up to the top of the fridge where it's dispersed into the top half of the fridge' hence the stat never see's that it's cold enough to shut off the switch . in other words if the coils down below were all working a lot more colder air would be pulled up to the top and the stat would then shut off . Solution is to seek a refund from the service tech and buy a new fridge . it's not worth putting a new compressor into this one although it is only 5 years old hope this helps someone who has the same problem
Either your freezer is not cold enough or you got a defective ice maker. It needs to be 15 degrees or colder to make ice. The water may be frooze but not cold enough to close the internal thermostat inside the ice maker. If your freezer is colder that 15 degrees, take the ice maker back to Sears, you got a lemon. Good luck!, Mack