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Model #frt18sghwo, soft ice cream in freezer, frozen beer in lowe

The unit has served us well for near 8 years. You do not approve of our installation in a garage area ,but that is where the frig is The corner of the garage where the frig is located,is below grade. Still, winter temps are lower the 60 F.
Readings in freezer, 0 F + or -- 5
Readings in compartment 30 F + or -- 5
Is there a solution ? What setting ? Can I restrict the air flow to the lower part and raise the temp ?
I would like some help

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Hi,

If the refrigerator is not cold enough then please check the following and also click on the blue coloured links for more info.


How To Check the Temperature1x1.gif In most refrigerator freezers, the refrigerator gets its cold from the freezer. The evaporator fan circulates air over the coils in the freezer and cold air circulates into the refrigerator through vents. If the vents are blocked or closed, then the fridge will not get cold enough but the freezer will. If neither is cold enough, then the number of possibilities increases.
Lowering the freezer temperature will increase the cooling cycle activity. Setting the refrigerator temperature may have little affect on the cooling cycles because it simply changes the vent opening size. Decreasing the fridge temperature opens the vents more and increases air circulation from the freezer.
The temperature can be adjusted using the controls found inside the refrigerator or freezer. The ideal freezer temperature is about 0 to 5 degrees (F) and about 38 degrees (F) for the fridge.
Measure the temperature by placing a cup of water with a cooking thermometer into the refrigerator for about 2 hours or more. To test the freezer, substitute alcohol or cooking oil.


Goodluck,
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Posted on Mar 27, 2008

EllaWatson25
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SOURCE: temperature problem in freezer

Your defrost system is going out on this unit. It's a common problem that happens especially after storms or power outages. Give us a call or email us and we'll get the right part out to you asap so you don't loose any more food. We look forward to working wiht you andhelping you get your refrigerator running right again.

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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SOURCE: model #PSC25MSTA SS - one year old, never got a

Had a problem similar to this with this frig and the problem was a bad mother board that kept the fans from operating correctly to disperse the temperature. I woould actually get stalagtites forming from the warmer top shelves to the colder lower shelves. Repaire under extended warantee.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010

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SOURCE: Everything in the freezer has defrosted

Is there frost on the freezer panel? are the two motor and compressor running (freezer motor and condenser motor)? find this out 1st. this is nothing you did but if you are not mechanically incline at this point only a frig tech can properly check and tell you exactly what is it. theres are the things it might be...
compressor not working
condenser not running
freezer fan not running
thermostat not sensing temp.
stuck in defrost
heaters on too long
bi-metal shorted
timer not working
now if you paid alot for this frig at least get someone to look at it for a service call ($40-60) if it too high to repair then its time to get a new one

Posted on Mar 27, 2010

heatman101
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SOURCE: ice will not stay frozen in the freezer

Hi,

As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer2_bing.gif and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...

Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4024657-refrigerator_condenser_coil_cleaning


http://www.fixya.com/support/r3885294-refrigerator_troubleshooting

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4023749-refrigerator_compressor_start_capacitor

heatman101

Posted on Jun 03, 2010

vetteman3002
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SOURCE: RB1955VQ Frig. with bottom freezer

Is the compressor running constantly? Or is the compressor not running? Please explain. Thanks!

Posted on Mar 10, 2011

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Get a freezer dial thermometer (about $5-10 at grocery or box store) and check the temperature, then adjust the freezer (NOT refrigerator) setting dial (usually just inside the top of the cold cut section) a number at a time colder and see how that changes the temperature.
Vegetables and ice cubes freeze hard at about 28-30 degrees F, so freezers are usually set at about 5-10 degrees F, and not above 15 for safety. However, ice cream that is high in cream content generally will be runny to about 25, and soft down to about 0-10, so you may need to set your freezer as low as zero degrees F.
The comment on cleaning the coils is very important - you should do that about yearly, or more often if you have shedding pets. Be gentle with them - you do not want to bend them, as they carry refrigerant fluid, and repairs are expensive. The coils can be under or on the back of the unit, and it is best to not only vacuum them out, but also to blow them out if possible before vacuuming - with compressed air hose if you have it, else with a cleaned-out shop vac on blow setting. Be sure after you blow it out that the fan (usually accessible from the back by removing a cardboard cover after disconnecting power) is not blocked by a clump of lint - it should spin freely. The compressor (roundish tank with wires and tubing coming out of it) should also be blown / brushed off, as lint accumulation makes it run hotter, which reduces freezing capacity.
Also - try putting your ice cream as low in the freezer unit as possible (cold air sinks), and as far back as possible so it does not warm up as much when you open the door. Side-by-sides are bad for this, because all the cold air pours out every time you open the door. You might also try packing something around the ice cream to reduce the effect of opening the door - like bags of frozen vegetables, for instance, or even a wrapped layer of cardboard (although that will also make it take longer to initially freeze).

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Jai,
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Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.

We really need just a little more information please.

1. With or without Icemaker
2. Temperature in freshfood and freezer compartment normal?
i.e no frozen food in the fresh food compartment or ice cream getting soft. Slow making ice etc. (if installed)

Without a model number it is difficult to speak directly about your unit. That infromation would be important in order for us to better help you.


Speaking generally.... Top freezer models have the evaporator coils in the back of the freezer compartment.

If the evaporator drain gets clogged, each time the unit defrosts you would see water sheeting from the back of the freezer to the front.

Also if the door seal is torn or has come loose from the door then condensation will form in the area of the damaged door seal so the water source then would be near the damaged door seal.

If there is an icemaker installed it can be leaking or over filling.

If you respond please provide a model number.

Thanks for using FixYa.

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Hi,

As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer2_bing.gif and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...

Check out this tip that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4024657-refrigerator_condenser_coil_cleaning


http://www.fixya.com/support/r3885294-refrigerator_troubleshooting

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4023749-refrigerator_compressor_start_capacitor

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