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Refrigerator not cooling

It is a kenmore elite bottom freezer the freezer is blowing cold air but the refrigerator is not

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  • vmvirgili Nov 16, 2008

    The ducts in the back panel were iced up in the freezer. Used a hairdryer to melt the ice. Seems to be working. Thank you very much!!

  • vmvirgili Nov 16, 2008

    I don't know what I did when I typed this in the first time. But here goes again. There was a buildup of ice on the outside of the fins not real heavy. I'm thinking from what you said maybe the freezer was set to cold and freezing the frost and water before it could go away. The drain seems fine when I was using the hair dryer I had to use my shop vac to collect the water from the tray. There was some ice also on the tubes inside the fins. Any help you can give me to keep this from happening again would be appreciated. Thanks for all of your help!!

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This could be that it is out of balance. Set the temperature settings to midway. This control can easily get the fridge temp out out of balance if over adjusted. If you already have the tmp control at midway then you need to make sure there are no obstructions to the duct that carries the cold air from the freezer to the fresh food section to cool it. Check for ice buildup or any kind of blockage. Let me know what you find.

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  • Charles Caldwell Nov 16, 2008

    Did you set the temp setting to mid way? Next you need to find out what caused this in the first place. There could be a problem with the defrost system. Was there ice or just frost? If it was just frost then there probably is a problem with the defrost system If you found ice ( ice and frost form for deferent reasons) Then we know that the defrost system is at least heating up to melt the frost. You may want to check the drain under the evaporator behind the evap cover. But we do need to find out why this happened so it does not happen again and cause you more problems. Let me know, please?

  • Charles Caldwell Nov 16, 2008

    The reason I wanted you to clarify if there was any ice is that ice and frost form for diferant reasons. If a defrost system is not working and defrosting the evaporator, it will be blocked with frost and no ice. Ice can only be formed from heat melting the frost, turning it to water and then freezing it. So, you found ice blocking part of the evaporator and you said you had to use a vacuum to remove some of the water as you used the hair dryer to melt the frost. If the drain system was not blocked in any way then the water would have drained into the drain pan below the fridge without any vaccuming. The drain pan heater may not be working good and some of the water is freezing at the end of the drain tube and in the freezer compartment. The only other reason could be a spill, leaking ice maker or a leaking ice maker fill tube. What I`m saying is if there was any ice buildup. What we have done so far is only a temp fix. This problem will come back. With what you ahev told me. If you have anymore problems with the evaporator getting blocked then check the drain system and someof the other reasons I have mentioned.Let me know if I can help you any farther. I will be glad to.

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