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Frigidaire refrigerator is not cooling

This is a top freezer Frigidaire unit model# FRT8G6FMB3 which is 2 years old. The lower compartment of the unit is not cooling but the freezer is working just fine. I thoroughly cleaned the 'undercarriage' of the unit as recommended by the manual. Inside the lower part of the unit, I removed the temp control cover and noticed ice had formed in the two channels leading from the freezer to the fridge. I defrosted the fridge and re-engaged the unit. The freezer still works but the lower compartment is still not cooling. I noticed that the evaporator fan is not working which I assume blows air into the lower compartment?

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  • kurt485 Dec 16, 2008

    I did the manual defrost as you suggested and the freezer is still extremely cold however the lower compartment isn't. This would rule out the 'self defrost' troubleshooting would it not?

  • kurt485 Dec 16, 2008

    Yes, but I've already defrosted the unit so if the fan froze up, shouldn't it now work properly? Is it possible that if it froze up the fan motor could malfunction?

  • kurt485 Dec 16, 2008

    Drumbanger.....that's what I feared. Would you happen to have a part # that I can use to get the proper part?

  • kurt485 Dec 16, 2008

    So I need the entire kit and not just the fan?

  • kurt485 Dec 16, 2008

    Thank you all for your help!

  • kurt485 Dec 19, 2008

    It was the evaporator fan motor which I replaced and it did the trick. Thank you all for you help!

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The fresh food compartment gets its cold air from the freezer compartment via that evaporator fan. I would say it either needs oiling or replacement.
Make sure you have a clear defrost drain. If your drain is stopped up the defrost water will pool up between the freezer and fresh food compartment and make a big fat slab of ice. Result. Good freezer,poor fresh food cooling.

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    Dan Webster Dec 16, 2008

    I suspect you have a blocked defrost drain. Evaporator fan should be running also.

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Ok it sounds like your blower fan froze up remove fan cover unplug fridge and hold a blow dryer to wher the fan bkade blows cold air! check to mack sure ice is not built up around of fan blade (if ice is there melt and remove (it is rare that a fan blows out but it is very common for them to get ice on them and freezs up!

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ooling is poor For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Condenser
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt. 

Evaporator coils Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer


  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)


  • The defrost heater


If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem 

Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator. 

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  • classyexpert Dec 16, 2008

    u can get the required parts at 
    www.repairclinic.com
    just check ourt this and select the proper modelnumber of the unit and required part and it will be shown with proper picture and its on going rate at present .u can order they will provide u.

  • classyexpert Dec 16, 2008

    yes.u r right.u will definately need the kit.

  • classyexpert Dec 16, 2008

    thank u too for keep all us updated.
    thanks.

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I believe your compressor may be going bad.RICHARDM69

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Hi kurt485 -

I think your instinct is absolutely right - that evaporator fan should be running. If it's not, then the motor that operates it probably needs to be replaced (I don't think it has anything to do with the freezer because, as you indicated, the freezer is working properly). The part number for your evaporator fan motor is 240369702.

For your reference, the parts list and schematics for your refrigerator can be viewed at the following web address - note that the evaporator fan motor is No.13 in the list on page 5.

ftp://ftp.electrolux-na.com/ProdInfo_PDF/Anderson/5995479010.pdf

You can locate a parts distributor near you on this page:

http://www.frigidaire.com/support/parts.asp

I hope this helps - please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Kind regards,
H2H

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It is very much necessary to get whole kit as this in not the minor problem of any fan or any small fuse or any sigle part.that will solve the problem.get the kit and it will help u. thanks.

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Part number 5303918274 for the evaporator kit

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

  • Robert Artiaco Dec 17, 2008

    its always best to replace with a kit if it is available.

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