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FRIDGE NOT GETTING COLD FREEZER WORKING FINE MOD TFG28PFCBWW CHANGED DEFROST HEATER, AS ICING UP BADLY BUT NOW FRIDGE NOT COLD. PLEASE HELP MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE

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To trouble shoot hat problem :

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The tubes which we see at the back of the fridge carries a cooling agent(freon or ammonia...),the leakage in that may cause the fridge to work not properly.check whether there is any leakage in that.the pressed down DEFROST switch may also result in the above said result.so try to check it and refill the gas as soon as possible.thank you.

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Unplug your refrigerator from power chord for 30 minutes and plug back the power chord to the refrigerator .

After changing defrost if your having this problem it indicates that the defrost heater is faulty .
Also check for any clogging in the inlet line.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, this normally would point to the fan not spinning. The function of the fan is to draw the cold air from the freezer and force it through the vents to the refrigerator area. Even having said this, the fan is activated by the logic controller based on the the thermostat setting of the refrigerator and condition of the door (it must be closed).
To check:

  • fan - open the door, locate the door switch, press on it, light should go off, fan should kick in within 60 seconds. If not, faulty fan, fan relay, or controller. Alternately, you can measure the continuity of the motor's coil and or if there is voltage going to the terminals of the motor;
  • thermostat refrigerator side, you would need to use a continuity tester or have an electronics shop perform this. At room temperature the reading should be low, and should go high when the probe end is submerged in a glass of cold water.
Alternately, it may be the vents, flaps or vanes that are stuck, clogged, blocked and hence no air flow from the freezer to the fridge side.

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Depending on how long it been since you changed the heaters it takes a good 24 hours to get temp back down and if it been longer than that check to make sure evap motor in freezer is running by holding down door switch with door open to listen to motor run ,,, if it isn't then go back in and make sure all wires are hooked back up as should and that the fan didnt get bounded up while into to and if all is ok then replace the evap motor ,,,, larryyb

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Your fan that blows the cold air around it either froze up or the fan moter needs replaced!.I think this is your problem!

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