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Fridge not working, freezer is

Fan on the bottom is running fine, when I move the big black bowling ball looking thing it makes a noise and seems like it is running. fridge is just not getting cold, but the freezer on the bottom is.

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  • kenneth_mart Dec 17, 2008

    just got finished melting the ice off the back of the freezer. was told by a local tech this will only cure the prob. for about a week. will need to get a service tech to check the thermostat or coupling. any way fridge seems to be blowing cold air but the fridge settings are not alphabets, they are numbers. don't know about a little door just seen ports on top and bottom of coils where ice was.

  • kenneth_mart Dec 17, 2008

    how much you think it would cost me?

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First, I think it’s important to know that the Ref area has no cooling coils, it’s basically a box and the cold air in the freezer is blown over by a fan through a channel into the Ref side. This channel has a door which regulates how much cold air goes through. You probably have two control knobs in the Ref side, one controls the temp with numbers 1-9, 9 being the coldest. This temp control tells the compressor how long to run. The other control is for that little door and it may have letters A-E, E being the coldest. If you set it on E (coldest) then this will close that little door and keep most the cold air in the freezer.

Now, why is that cold air not getting up to the Ref side?
1. The little door is not open.
check your control setting. You should be able to feel air coming through the channel on the Ref side.

2. The fan in the freezer is not working.
You can hear this fan running when you open the freezer.

3. The coils on the freezer side are clogged with ice which won't let the fan circulate the air over to the Ref side.
This is a failure of the defrost system.

If you want mor info to DIY check out: ronbuice.com

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

  • Ron Buice
    Ron Buice Dec 17, 2008

    Defrost system failure. Back before we had auto defrost the fridg had to be manually defrosted just like you just did. Some don't have a door, just a direct vent from the freezer to the ref, anyway the ice build up is the problem.



    Defrost system:

    1. Heater, timer, and thermo disc.



    one or all could be bad and they have to be checked with an OHM meter.

  • Ron Buice
    Ron Buice Dec 17, 2008

    Not sure what the prices are in your area but it is sure worth fix'n.

    With your model number you should be able to get prices on the parts.



    Defrost timer - $25-35

    Defrost heater - $30-40







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