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Fridge not cooling Freezer ok

I have a whirlpool arc4170 (freezer on top), I recently noticed the temp in the fridge compartment was rising however the freezer was ok. The condenser coils are clean and the freezer fan and ducting to the fridge are all fine. All the fridge and freezer seals are also fine and there is a small amount of frost in the freezer but nothing excessive. I have read a few threads relating to similar problems however nothing seams to fit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi,

As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.


If your refrigerator is running but warm, then…


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...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4024657-refrigerator_condenser_coil_cleaning

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor
http://www.fixya.com/support/r3885294-refrigerator_troubleshooting

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4023749-refrigerator_compressor_start_capacitor

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Posted on Aug 20, 2010

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