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Refrigerator does not cool

We own a Crosley refrigerator CT15G4. In placing something in the freezer, there was a flash of light. The aluminum foil between the cooling fins and the back wall had touched one of the electrical contacts on the fan motor. We have cooling in the freezer but not in the refrigerator. It appears that the fan does not work. Did it get "fried"? Or was it something else?

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  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    I insulated the contacts but the thing still does not cool in the refrigerator. The freezer seems fine. I opened the back and cleaned it out but it was not that bad. There is only an access to the bottom in the back.

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SOURCE: 5 year old Maytag Wide by Side Refrigerator side not cooling

Same issue with my 6 yr old Maytag side-by-side model #MSD2756GEW. Turned out it was caused by a faulty circuit board. This circuit board is located in the upper right fridge section. Apparently these boards are sensitive to power surges (which we have here in central Texas from time to time.) When the circuit board is fried, it makes a noise like a fan blade malfunctioning and it stops the auto defrost feature in the freezer from working. So the freezer ices up at the back, and the ice prevents the cold air from reaching the fridge section.

Our circuit board (which we thought was a fan) made ominous noises for a few months. (The noise would last only a minute or so and stop shortly after we opened a door). Eventually we noticed that the fridge wasn't as cold and the freezer had snow in it. Finally the board stopped making noise and about a week or so afterward we noticed that the milk had spoiled and the fridge wasn't very cold. The food in the freezer side pretty solidly frozen, thankfully.

In addition to replacing the circuit board, the fridge had to be de-iced or it would not work properly. I put it all frozen into a large camping cooler where it stayed for several hours. I opened the freezer doors and put table fan and pointed a hobby light which gets quite hot, at the back of the freezer. Within 3 hours, the ice had melted significantly so I could see through the grate at the back of the freezer. This really great technician named Tracy, made a special trip to the parts store to get the circuit board and came back within a couple hours, bringing with him a steamer. He removed the back panel inside the freezer section (the coils are behind there) and used the steamer to melt the rest of the ice before he left.

Tracey, who works for a local appliance repair company, told me that about 4 years ago, Maytag started making their fridges with built-in surge protection, so the circuit boards apparently don't get fried on the newer models as they do on my 6 yr old model. He recommended that we put plug the fridge into a heavy-duty surge protector - which we are definitely going to do.

TR

Posted on Mar 18, 2008

SOURCE: Refrigerator freezes up

turn off
take all food out.
open door of freezer.
let all ice melt away.
remove cover over evaporator coil.
turn on.
should hear fan running.
if it doesn't, hot wire it with 110 v.
if fan no works with hotwire, replace fan.
if fan works with hot wire, find evaporator thermostat about 1 inch big
clipped on coil of evaporator.  short out ( put wire connecting its two wires ) .
if fan runs now, replace evaporator thermostat about $ 15

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SOURCE: Refrigerator freezes up

PLEASE DISREGUARD GUEST FIXYA SOLUTION,FREEZER PROBLEM PROCEDURE IF NOT DEGITAL,FIRST CHECK IF ICE ON BACK FREEZER WALL. STEPS-FIND DEFROST TIMER,BOTTOM FRONT ,BOTTOM BACK, INSIDE FRIG.ON CONSOLE,LISTEN TO SEE IF FAN IS RUNNING IF SO TURN THE DEFROST TIMER CLOCKWISE TILL YOU HEAR A CLICK SEE IF FAN TURNED OFF IF SO YOUR FREEZER IS IN DEFROST,FREEZER WILL COME OUT OF DEFROST IN 20-30 MINUTES IF IT DOES AND THE FAN COMES ON YOU HAVE ELIMINATED DEFROST TIMER&FAN,NEXT REMOVE BACK PANEL TO FREEZER IF THERE IS ICE FORMING REMOVE BOTH LEADS TO HEAT AND CHECK WITH VOLT METER ON OMES,IF YOU GET ANY READING THE HEATER IS GOOD,IF NO READING REPLACE HEATER AND CLIPON TEMINATOR,IF HEATER IS GOOD DEFROST COILS WITH HAIR DRYER TOP TO BOTTOM AND THIS WILL ALSO CLEAR THE DRAIN,IF EVERYTHING CHECK OUT GOOD DEFROST TIMER ,FAN ,HEATER, DRAIN, YOU NEED ONLY TO REPLACE THE LITTLE ROUND CLIP ON TERMANATOR,LET ME KNOW-MIKE

Posted on Jun 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Hot refrigerator

I have the exact same problem. I noticed a high-pitched noise about a week ago, and yeserday it was too hot to touch and it smells like burning plastic. I pulled it out this morning, cleaned the back, removed the cover, and sure enough the fan is not working. I am not sure if it is broke, or if there is just too much nasty dust on it. I am going to try cleaning the fan with a soft rag and compressed air can today, and if that doesn't work I already found the part on partstore.com. Thanks for the tip!

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore refrigerator model 253 not getting cold

i have the same problem: botttom of refrigerator does not cool.
freezer working ok.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: The dividing wall between the freezer compartment

the condensor fan by the compressor is not running. this fan cools the compressor and condensor coils. if it does not run then the mullion (center between frzr and refrigerator side) gets very hot

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