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GE TFX20JR not cooling very well (ice cream melting in freezer and fridge doesn't seem Had some ice buildup (1/4") on back wall inside freezer which I melted. Vacumed fins in front, pulled unit out and removed back cover -- not much in reach to clean. Fan is running.

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check firs to see if your coils need to be vacuumed. If this does not work you may have a bad defrost timer ( causes the freezer to stay in defrost longer than it needs to be and the food will not freeze) You can change this yourself if you are handy and can locate it on the fridge.

Posted on Mar 09, 2008

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SOURCE: FRIGIDAIRE FRS20ZRGD7 (SIDE BY SIDE) WARM FRIDGE/ COLD FREEZER HELP!

look open the freezer door pull the lower kick plate off look for a small little hole there its a mechanical timer model should be close to the wheel in that hole will be a plastic piece open the freezer door you will hear the fan running in the freezer take out the four or five screws on the lower panel where you keep seeing the frost and remove it you will see a silver honeycomb looking piece that's the evaporator on one of the tubes will be clipped a silver dome looking piece with two wires on it that's the defrost thermostat now turn the timer with a screwdriver that's the piece in the little hole slowly to your right till you hear a click and the fan stops in the freezer now as your turning it it will make a ratchet sound you want the click and the fan to stop look at your watch and note the time then wait about 5 minutes and look at the heater to see if its on if its all frosted up the frosted should look all watery if the heater is on then just let it run if not then reach up and turn the freezer control to the off position then un plug the two wires on the defrost thermostat and take the two wires that you unplugged the thermostat from and plug them back together and turn the freezer control back on and wait stay there and watch the heater come on let it defrost the evaporator if the heater comes on when you do that .that means the thermostat is bad if the heater comes on without you having to by pass it that means the timer is bad if you do all that and the heater does not come on then the heater element is bad now its going to get red like an oven and pop and sizzle but don't let it freak you out now if you had to by pass the thermostat and the timer cuts the compressor on before the frost is all clear just turn the timer around again till the fan cuts off and the heater will come back on if you by passed the thermostat then when all the frost is melted then reach up and turn the freezer control back off and reconnect the thermostat.Now after about 30 mins after turning it off the timer should cut back on if its not bad when you change the timer back out the two screws reach under the fridge and turn the timer and its shield till the screws are in the removal position when the timer is loose remove the shield and unplug the timer plug your new one back in then put the shield back on and back where it goes now id recommend changing both the timer and the thermostat as they fail pretty close together the stuff i described above is to make the unit defrost to save your food with out having to use your hair dryer also when all the frost is melted at he bottom of the evaporator on the right hand side is a hole in the cabinet that has to be clear of frost for the fridge to cool properly now any time during this defrost technique if you have a problem turning off the freezer cold control will turn off the defrost system1.gif too if i can be of help or you need to know something just reply to this post

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Freezer has stopped working

If you need to call a technician use the number listed on your owner manual.

Regarding the fault, see the following notes from repairclinic:

Cooling is poor For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Condenser
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

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

Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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SOURCE: amana side-by-side fridge freezer only cold at the bottom

yes the evap fan in the frezer should be running when the compressor is running[it may not for a minute or so as it starts up.Amana's are good for the connectors at the evap fan motor comming apart.the connectors are white and will look like its together but when you pull it will come apart.i would always cut the connector out and use a wire nut so wont happen again.if any other questions please email thru FixYa and i will be glad to help. God bless ,tom

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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SOURCE: ice sheet formed on back of freezer yet ice cream

sounds like you have a efrost problem maybe, call our free tech support whirlpoolpartssurplus.com

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: subzero 680 freezer is not cold enough...ice cream

Well, you did agood first step. Now before you think that it is a "freon" problem (usually is not), you need to see if the defrost system is working. If not, then ice build-up on the inside coil and although the frig is trying to make cold, the cold cannot come of the coil because of the ice covering it. There are three components to this defrost system: the defrost timer is the only one you can access without tearing things apart. It is located outside of the freezer usually near the controls and the compressor. You must use a large screwdriver and turn the center knob slowly until you hear a click (stop immediately). The compressor should stop running at this point.Wait 45 minutes to see if unit begins to run again. If not then slowly turn the timer again (it should click again with only a very small movement) and the compressor will start again. The fact that the timer did not move on its owmn and start the comperssor, and that you had to manaully move it to go in again, this tells you htat the timer is bad. If the compressor does go on with in 20 to 45 minutes of you first moving the dial and getting the click, then the timer is ok, and the problems are inside the freezer compartment under all the ice build up. Ypu will need to remove your food and allow it to defrost in the open air (compressor off) mode.
If you find that there is no frost/ice build-up, then you either have a weak compressor that will need to be changed, or there actuaal y is a tiny "freon" leak and a quick small charge will revive to unit ;but for how long, no one knows unless the leak is located and repaired. Goodluck, Macgivor

Posted on Jan 02, 2010

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