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I have a fridge which doesn't seem to be working properly. Could the fact that it's in a non heated, cold room cause this prob. The fridge is cold just don't hear it running.

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  • luther13z Dec 21, 2008

    Found my own answer, thought I'd share.

    Most
    owners manuals explain the environment to which the machine will
    operate. I can remember getting calls from people with refrigerators in
    the garage and the complaint being,the stuff in the freezer is soft.
    The manufacturer states if the temperature drops below 65 degrees the
    unit will not run enough to maintain freezer temperatures.As for the
    troubles in the hotter days of summer it can't keep up if over 90
    degrees.
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If the fridge is cold it will not run a lot .Does it do the same when it is hot out side?

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Sounds like it's working but not getting cold enough in freezer or refrigderator


In my experience, the biggest culprit causing these symptoms is the defrost heater. This is a heating device that melts frost off the "evaporator coils" better known as the coils usually located inside the freezer area of the unit. These coils get very cold and warm air that is let inside when any door is open, will carry moisture with it that will accumulate like water on the outside of a cold glass in summer time, only it accumulates on the evaporator coils and turns to frost.

As your fridge cycles through its operating stages, one part of the cycle turns off the cooling and turns on a heating device of varying types to melt the frost and ice off of the evaporator coils so it can drip down and flow through a small hose through an opening in the bottom of the fridge and into a pan underneath the fridge where it evaporates back into the air again.

If the heating device never comes on, or becomes inoperative, the frost will slowly continue to collect on the evaporator coils until it becomes a solid block of ice. This now greatly reduces the ability of the evaporator fan to blow the cold air around the coils throughout the freezer and the rest of the fridge. The ice built up around the evaporator coils will still provide some cold, but will significantly prevent the fridge from operating properly.

Another cause may be the evaporator fan not operating correctly. If it doesn't blow air over the evaporator coils well enough, cold air will not get distributed through out the fridge. Cold air tends to "fall", so the bottom of the freezer will be the coldest. Generally, there is an adjustable hole in "side by side" units so that the amount of air coming through that hole can make the "meat crisper" colder. In fridges where the freezer is on the top, I've seen the evaporator coils (which often incorporate "fins" like those on a car radiator, turn into a solid block of ice.
25823064-nzcmabjorfygbev20le00e4d-4-1.jpg Also check for dust collecting on the condenser coils on the outside of the fridge. These dissipate heat drawn from inside the fridge and take it outside the fridge. These are often located on the back of the fridge or underneath the fridge. Dust and fluff act as insulation and degrade their ability to work properly.

Obviously, to repair the fridge, you should relocate the contents of your unit until you can repair the fridge. Fixing your fridge will take at least a few hours even if you can get your hands on repair parts quickly. This will involve unplugging the unit and locating the items I've referred to. Either allow the accumulated ice to melt naturally or GENTLY speed up the process with a hair dryer or heat gun. Do not use any force removing the accumulated ice and frost, you could easily damage the coils and make things much worse than they already are. Even to the point of making the unit uneconomical to repair.

Without your posting a make, model, type of freezer/fridge arrangement or other details, it is difficult to assist you further. Part placement and component locations vary greatly in this appliance.

Aug 15, 2015 | Refrigerators

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The fefrigerator part freezes everthing


Fridge freezing up and no fan or air circulation:

The fan usually stops working due to ice obstruction when the defrost terminator has gone out and u get ice build up? u can check the terminator with a multi meter for continuity but do not check at room temperature. stick the terminator in cup of ice water for 20 minutes then check it for continuity, should be closed when cold and open at room temperature.
May also need to check the defrost timer, u can get by and test manually by placing a small screw driver into the tiny slot or hole underneath the timer and turn slowly clockwise till u hear 1 click. this will engage ur defrost cycle in about 15 minutes u should be able to come back and feel the heat in freezer as it melts the ice providing ur terminator is not bad?
Another way to test it is with a multi meter. Remove timer it from fridge and you will see 4 prongs numbered 2,1,4,3 in that order. Place ur meter prong on prong 1 & 3 (if your fridge has a capacitor wired in series with the windings, then u check for micro fares rather than OHMS) If u cannot confirm this test, still try the next.
Take ur meter prong and connect to prong 1 & 4, it should read resistance or ohms ( closed) now remove prongs and place on prong 1 & 2, this should now read infinity or open (no ohms) now take a small screwdriver place it in the tiny hole or slot under the timer. Turn it clockwise slowly till u hear 1 click. Now ur 1& 2 should read closed ( showing ohms or resistance) now place meter prongs on 1 & 4 and you it should now show open ( or no resistance - no ohms) this is how u know ur timer is good, Remember when testing for ohms ADJUST meter to use a high ohms rating in the thousands as the resistance is very high in OHMS. And adjusting to low ohms rating may give a false reading or not show the proper resistance..

Another item to check with a meter is the heating element itself. Located under the evaporator coils. It should show continuity or resistance OHMS WHEN TESTED AT BOTH ENDS OF THE PRONGS .

Lastly check the cold control thermostat with a meter for both OHMS and volts ( VOLTS is a live test with fridge plugged in so be careful) It must show 110 volts. An open or thermostat that reads infinity will not allow the proper cooling and defrosting cycles to operate and may in fact stop anything from happening as if there is no power to the unit?

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Fridge not freezing meats


I was writing a big note here before then hit the wrong button, it was just a bunch of jargon anyway. Yes it is the condenser fan motor causing your problems. Doesn't cool the refrigerant properly than nothing works. I would change the fan before it causes any damage to the compressor.

Sep 04, 2012 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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We inadvertently left the freezer door slightly open the frrezer ran continuusly for twenty four hours. Would this cause the condenser to frreze up and burn out? The frrezer is still cold and we...


leaving your freezer door open does nothing ,but work the freezer harder,,,it wont cause no of the prolems you stated,,it will cause your electric bill to rise ,,your ok...the condenser is part of the seal system and it exspell the heat usally under the fridge...good luck

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Freezer doesn't seem cold enough, took over 24 hours to make ice cubes!!! Small fan at the back of the freezer doesn't seem to work regularly, fridge seems ok


If the fan in the refrigerator (evaporator fan) isn't working properly your machine isn't going to be as cold as it should be and your ice maker won't work properly as well. This is due to the fact that the ice maker has a sensor in it and it won't produce ice unless the sensor tells it is lower than 10 degrees F. A rule of thumb is if the condensor fan motor is running, which is the fan located by the compressor, than the evaporator fan should be running as well. Now, with that said, there evap fan is tied into what they call a bi-metal thermostat. Depending on the brand these sometimes go bad causing the fan not to run, but that wil cause it not to work at all. If its working intermitantly, than chances are the fan motor is bad.

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Please can you help me my fridge peezer FFA60 FUTURE fridge freezer isnt working right, my freezer is great but my fridge seems to stop & start altough the light is still on, if I turn off plug it...


that model number does not come up in my program, so I cannot give you any concrete advice. The fact that your freezer is great is a good sign, nothing major. Sounds like you may have a bad freezer fan motor, not blowing cold air down to the fridge section. but the fact that it is intermittent like that, you might have a faulty main control board. Without proper inspection, I cant say for sure.

www.FixMyFridge.net

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Freezer cold, fridge part cold at first then warming


hi friend
it is fan problem check it....it may also be a thermostat not working proper,,check them both ,
thank u,,,,,,,,

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the fact it didnot have water in the tray, you prob have a blocked drain as well

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