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Freezer not cold enough; fridge OK

My Trio won't make ice.  Freezer stays at about 25 degrees regardless of control setting.  Fridge maintains 40 degrees at mid setting.  Shouldn't the freezer be close to zero?  Is there a way to check the temperature sensor in the freezer?

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  • cokoliso Oct 06, 2008

    The rest of the story:  I replaced the evaporator fan earlier, because the fridge was reaching room temp.  We emptied the ffridge and freezer and it sat there 2 days before I could get the replacement fan.  The temperature sensor in the freezer was frosted up, and the tubing and defrost stat were in a block of ice when I first noticed the warm fridge and took the back panel inside the freezer off (and of course the evap fan wouldn't turn unless I flicked the blade).  So it was unplugged a good long while, and when I installed the new fan, everything seemed to work - fridge cold, freezer freezing.  But no ice being made - so I put the remote sensor for my digital thermometer in there.  Only 25 degrees, and I think the icemaker won't function if it's above 10 or so.  And zero is the recommended temp for storing frozen foods.  So the constant 25 in the freezer makes me think the thermistor or whatever temp sensor down there could be bad, or I guess the control board. My digital thermometer reads -5 deg in my other freezer.

  • cokoliso Oct 06, 2008

    It has been running with the new fan for 6 days now!  The compressor was replaced last November...I wonder if it was charged adequately.  

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    refrigerator is at normal temperature of 40 degrees

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Hello cokoliso,
Welcome to Fixya

You said, your Trio won't make ice. Freezer stays at about 25 degrees regardless of control setting. Fridge maintains 40 degrees at mid setting. Shouldn't the freezer be close to zero? Is there a way to check the temperature sensor in the freezer?

To check the temperature you can buy a refrigerator thermometer at the hardware store.
Ask if it can be used in the freezer too!

The fridge sounds slightly to cold and the freezer not enough.
Fist look in your freezer and check if the articles there are full to the max and covering the air vents usually found in the rear of the freezer.If so clear an opening for the freezer to breath.
Refrigerators and freezers usually share the cold air and I've seen this be the problem on many occasions.
If freezer was not I blocking the vents or even full to the max.

Then pull the plug out or if you can not reach the plug, trip the breaker off for 5 minutes and see if this resets the system.BUT do not plug the fridge back in before at least 3 minutes.

Let me know how it goes and send me any questions.
Thank You, Huuum
Please remember to leave a rating .


Posted on Oct 03, 2008

  • Neil Golan
    Neil Golan Oct 06, 2008

    Well you did okay finding the bad parts.
    But if you read the user guides they tell you it takes 24 hours to get to operating temperature.
    It's been 24 hours now,right?
    How is the temperature today? Monday 5 pm

    Huuum
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