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Frigidaire Model # FRT15G5AWO Top Freezer Refrigerator

Refrigerator or Freezer does not get cold. I replaced the cold control thermo couple after noticing that when the contacts were shorted everything seemed to be running. Tried to adjust the spring screw in the control itself but infortunately this just shorted the control to be always on and everything including the refrigerator ran constantly, freezing everything. The new control seemed to work at first but after the first cycle, everything stopped and did not turn on again. Could this be a defrost timer issue? If so, how can I check instead of buying more parts I don't need?

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  • Peter Mora Feb 17, 2007

    The solution was a good suggestion but unfortunately when I tweeked the defrost timer nothing happened. I thought I would mention that the refrigerator is in a cold garage. Could this effect the cycle if the condenser is in a cold environment?

  • Peter Mora Feb 17, 2007

    Thanks for the specification, I didn't have that since I bought the unit second hand. However, eventhough it wouldn't operate proper temp, wouldn't the unit still cycle? I can still make the compressor and fans come on with shorting the contacts from the thermocouple control. Any other ideas?

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Frigidaire makes a garage kit to operate refrigirators at lower temps. the kit is about 18.00 dollars, it is avaliable from electrolux,1800-599-7569

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