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Kenmore side by side refrigerator: Freezer works, refrigerator side is warm. I have defrosted the coils and air path from the freezer and the warm side does not seem to respond to that. The light works on the warm side.

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If the freezer temps are normal and the refrigerator is warmer than normal, the the air flow from freezer to refrigerator is being hampered either by ice on the evaporator or the freezer is stuff in such a way that normal airflow between freezer and fridge is hampered. If the auto defrost is not working properly you will have warmer freezer temps and a relatively warm refridge. Check the defrost timer and defrost heater element.

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My food in my freezer is getting fuzzy with frost, why??


if thers warm air leaking into the freezer this will happen,but if the rear inside wall of the freezers covered with a icy/frosty covering too,this indicates a defrost problem,remove rear wall inside panel in freezer and defrost with a handheld hair dryer,then test the defrost heater and thermostats both located on the evaporator coil thats frosted over,its most likely one of these or possibly the defrost A.D.C. control

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A lot of times when a freezer works but the refrig. section is warm its a problem of it not automatically defrosting so its builds up frost in the freezer so much so it restricts air flow into the fresh food section because the freezer coil is one big block of frost and no air can flow through it. THis tip i wrote covers the components of the defrost system and how to check them.
http://www.fixya.com/support/r10097882-wrong_when_freezer_frosted_refrig_warm



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My refridgerator is warm could the compressor have gone out?its a 1997 model kenmore side by side


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Thank you for contacting fixya.com.
Check the coils on the rear of the refrigerator and make sure they are clean and dust free. Also check the back wall or floor of the freezer section for frost. Check the evaporator fan to see if it is running. Check the condenser coils under the unit for blockage from dust. Check the condenser fan under the unit to see if it is running. If you have frost in the freezer there is a problem with the defrost system and the freezer will start to warm eventually as well as the fresh food section. If that is the problem you can check the defrost terminator, defrost heater/s, and the defrost timer or adaptive defrost control If used on your unit or the main control board if so equipped. Also check the freezer to ensure it isn't over loaded with food stuff, reason being air must flow freely threw out the entire refrigerator in order for the thermostat to work correctly.Defrost the freezer by disconnecting the power to the refrigerator and letting it sit for at least 24 hours with both the doors open to allow the frost to melt completely but it will build up again in 1-2 weeks and start the warming up again.

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your right the air is not getting through the cold coil / when you defroated it . did you remove the back of freezer . if not there is still 2 in of ice back there blocking the air flow/ now a good defrost is needed but you need to correct the problem of why this happened . either the timer / heater or defrost termminator is bad . usualy its the heater.. mm hope this helped .. feed back pls

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Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload relay.
Check to see if the condenser fan at the back underneath near the compressor is running. If no check fan.

Are the condenser coils near there warm or room temp. should be warm


How to check stuff>
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

Below the evaporator fan is the evaporator coils. Remove the back cover in the freezer to observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL) or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR PROBLEM).

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

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Freezer works but frig is not cooling


I don't know this particular frig, but evidently the defroster doesn't work. Frost buildup has blocked the flow of cold air.

There is a defrost timer, under the frig, accessible from the front. You can turn it with a screw driver. Turn it till you hear a click. If the timer hasn't been turning, that should turn on the defroster, a heating element nested among the freezer coils. Wait half an hour and if it is defrosting, water should be dripping into the drip pan underneath the frig. If so, then replace the defrost timer and you're good to go.

If that doesn't make it defrost, then the problem is probably the defrost thermostat, in with the freezer coils. When the frig defrosts, the defrost heater stays on until the defrost thermostat gets warm. It should be open circuit while warm. But if it is open circuit while cold, it is bad and is the cause of your defrost problem.

If you open up the freezer coils, use a hair dryer to defrost. That is safer than hot water.

Hope you can fix it.

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