My 10 year old Amana side by side won't cool to proper temperature. Freezer won't go below 28 degrees F, and fridge side is stuck around 45 degrees f. Even when I put it on "fast freeze" Has been like this for three weeks. High temperature warning alarms come on every third of fourth day, usually in the middle of the night which is a pain.
All cooling fans working, and no frost buildup inside (replaced the thermistor last year as the defrost was not working, but now no problems.) coils are clear. Is there an easy way to test compressor function or whether the refridgerant has leaked? If it has leaked, can it be "topped up" as with an air conditioner, or should I just bite the bullet and bin it?
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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.
I suggest get help with repairman.6 year old is not very old.Refrigerators have life more then 8 to 10 years.The problem can be temperature not set
properly or any of fridge or freezer door not closed properly and cool air is
getting leaked out. These are basic possibilities which first need to be checked.
But if these possibilities are checked ok and still the problem is same, then
its weak compressor issue. Click the link below for more details:---http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2011/06/both-refrigerator-and-freezer-not.html
The refrigerator side is at present working properly , but slowly slowly, it will also loose its cooling.This will happen because, freezer side is the side which cools first, then the refrigerator side ( also called as fridge side)., gets cooled.If freezer side is not cooling / freezing properly then fridge side will also loose its cooling ability.------------
And later on both section will loose its cooling.-----------
As per the present situation, it indicates problem with compressor or problem with freezer side door not closing properly.---------- Or the temperature in freezer section is not set to proper cooling/ freezing.--------- So first inspect temperature, is it set right? If ok, then check the freezer door , is it properly closed? If ok, then its compressor problem.? The compressor is running non stop, this is indication of compressor problem.----------
Click this link below for more help:---
Later on both section will loose its cooling.
This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.
Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.
If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.
If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...
Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...
You should never need to advance your defrost timer. If your defrost is not working properly, the coil in the freezer compartment will ice up, blocking all airflow. All of your cooling is done there, even the refrig area, so you will never get down below appx. 40-45 degrees.
my first suggestion is to look at the back panel in your freezer for frost/ice build-up. If yes, unplug the unit, open the freezer compartment and let it thaw overnight. If it starts cooling properly, you have a defrost problem. It may be a bad timer(often), thermostat(less frequent), or bad defrost heater(even less).
Bad compressor. Anytime a compressor on anything gets to hot to touch that is a sign that the piston is applying to much pressure to work which in return causes the compressor to go bad if not caught right awya