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Fridge not cooling.freezer defrosted.ice in vents between fridge/freezer.water in evap tank.outside of fridge is still warm

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  • billykoala Jan 09, 2009

    fisher&paykel fridge/freezer model #e442brx c. fridge not cooling. freezer defrosted.ice in vents between fridge/freezer. water in evap tanks.fridge still warm on outside.less noise than when working properly. HELP!!!!!!!!!!

  • billykoala Jan 09, 2009

    anymore suggestions other than defrost mech gone bad ?

  • billykoala Jan 09, 2009

    dont kno if solution helpful yet. havent heard anymore suggestions

  • billykoala Jan 09, 2009

    problem fixed by defrosting ice build up in vents between fridge/freezer.as usual we should always look at the simple problems. DOH !!!!!!!!!!!!

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It might be sevaral reasons: 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

Good Luck

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You Have A Drain Plug In Your Freezer Make Sure It Is Clear All The Way To The Drain Pan Underneath You Most Likely Will Have To Remove The Inside Back Panel Of Your Freezer Check The Fan If It Stops The Fridge Gets Warm No Matter What Settings You Put It On. The Drain Plug Will Also Be Back There On The Bottom. Just Check To See If Its Covered In Gunk. Grease The Fan And Spin It With Your Finger Once You Have Unplugged The Fridge. Grease The Fan Then Spin Spin Spin By Hand Add A Little More Grease And Then Plug It Back In. A Good Indication That The Fan Is Seized Is You Dont Hear It When You Open The Freezer.

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Defrost timer is likley gone bad.

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First off how long have you owned the fridge? What is the model number of the refrigerator? Once I have more information I can assist you further.
Thank you,
Lee

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