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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That depends on how often the door is opened during the day. If the fridge temp isn't to your liking, then set it to a colder number. you don't want milk or water to freeze. On the freezer side, you want it cold enough so that the ice from the ice maker doesn't stick together.
If freezer is ok and cooling ( 5 degrees or less) one thing you might want to check is that the flow of cold air to refrigerator is not obstructed by the items in your freezer. The ductwork has to be available. Also check the opening of the damper if fridge is not cold enough. And is the fan operating at full speed - are the bearings dirty and slowing it down?
Also check your freezer temp - there are degrees of freezing. Water freezes at 32 degrees but a good freezer should go down to about zero. And the colder your freezer air is the colder your fridge will be.
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
Why would you want to do all that work for LESS ICE CREAM???
In my experience, your ice cream maker will make any amount of ice cream up to its capacity. Remember, it is the salt that is the magic ingredient here ... that allows the ice water you are creating to get colder than 32 degrees F. Ice isnt really cold enough to freeze the mixture.
If it is not freezing, I would suspect you didnt use enough salt. Salt melts the ice and makes the water colder. You need lots of ice, the finer crushed the better, and salt. Do not bleed off the cold water, that is where the action is.
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