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Refrigerator and freezer

Freezer or refrigerator side will not get cold. The fan in the back of the fridge is running but no cold air anywhere. There's a knob in the front like under the fridge which I turn until it clicks but still nothing happens. The compressor is really warm to touch and you can hear somrthing like it kicks in but no cold air. Please help.

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  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2007

    smelled something burning. Freezer not getting cold

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2007

    fridg wont get very cold even after temp adjust. freezer fine. fan motor running very little cold air out of vents in fridg

  • Lisajgross Feb 14, 2008

    My refrigerator will not get cold and the back piece where the control is gets hot. My freezer is working but there is some ice build up on the back wall. Please help!

  • joel soto Mar 01, 2008

    the fan and light goes on but the compresor try to engage and shut down withing 20second. what should I do?

  • pizan Mar 03, 2008

    refrigator runs freezer is cold refrigator does not get cold Vacumned dust off coils and back still nothing. Motor is working fine

  • batman68 Mar 10, 2008

    I cleaned the coil, and replugfged in the frig., now it clicks every few seconds

  • radrafucho Mar 24, 2008

    refrigerator not cooling

  • Cadillac1 Mar 26, 2008

    The freezer is working just fine, but the refrigerator will only get to about 55 degrees. Anything I can do?

  • brianlee May 03, 2008

    tempreture won't getting to 5 degree. i haved reset but still fan is working but tempreture won't drop.

  • timothyball May 15, 2008

    Neither the fridge nor freezer area of the fridge is working, i purchased it in december from BrandsMart USA of Georgia and it seem to work just fine. Over a period of time it started to seem warmer and warmer, until one day it just completely stop being cool all together. I turned the knob in the front of it and continously tried to work with the controls but i got no results. I unplugged the fridge for a period of time and yet still no result. You can notify me at (770) 957-8195 Timothy Ball.

  • globalx1 Aug 30, 2008

    Freezer or refrigerator side will not get cold. All fans are running but no cold air is coming out.

  • karmenlugo21 Aug 31, 2008

    the refrigerator side of my galaxy is not cold...my stuff is starting to go bad. the freezer side works find and is making ice...I checked and the fan is working. please help....

  • john0084 Sep 07, 2008

    The freezer and the refrigerator doe not cool the fan run but the conpresser do not cpme on.

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Does the compressor click on and off every minute or so and is hot? That would likely be tripping on a thermal overload due to not being able to start (bad motor starter on the compressor). If the compressor is running normally and warm then you may have a froze up coil. Take the lower rear back sheetmetal cover off the inside freezer section and look at the coil. If it's frozen block of ice basically the defrost cycle is not working and the ice has blocked the air flow through the unit. (could be bad defrost heater, defrost timer or defrost t-stat). If the compressor is running normally and warm and you see no ice or even frost on the coils then you have a sealed system problem that usually means most if not all of the refrigerant has leaked out of the system (or a blockage/restriction in the system). This would be the worst case since it means a whole bunch of money to repair. Let us know what you find out and we can have a better idea on what to recommend.

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