We keep a 2 year old Frigidaire refrigerator with a top mounted freezer in our garage for extras. Just noticed today that everything in the freezer had thawed out and the freezer was not working. Outside temperatures were below freezing here last week. What can be the problem and what can we doto fix it?
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Re: Top mounted freezer on refrigerator not working
Move the refrigerator to a room that is at least 50 degrees F.
Temps on most refrigerators are regulated by the fresh foods temp. If your garage is let's say 35 degrees, the fresh foods temp will most likely never raise enough to turn the refrigerator on. With the refrigerator never running, the freezer compartment will warm to 35 degrees, resulting in everything melting. Even if garage is a bit warmer, say 45, the refrig will not run long enough for the freezer to maintain a low enough temperture. If the garage temp falls to below freezing, say 20 degrees, the food in the fresh foods compartment will freeze. (outdoor beverage dispensers have internal heaters to prevent product from freezing !) Please don't rate this if not a Fix-Ya for you, as anything else lowers my score.
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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.
1.) Due you have the freezer in your garage? Freezers and refrigerators are not designed for the drastic temperature change through the seasons. If you had a service contract, your contract would be canceled.
2.) If you can run a piece of paper between the top door gasket and the freezer body you do not have a tight seal. Repair - Recondition the gasket. Wet the door gasket with water, with a hairy dryer heat the gasket while genteelly pulling the gasket out to expand with a spatula.
3.) If the gasket is good, then you are getting moisture either thru the top front of the unit or the top of the door.
a.) Inspect the liner where the ice build-up is. Are there cracks? Repair - Seal cracks with a good silicone adhesive.
b.) Inspect the upper door section and the front top of the freezer for possible leaks in the joints. Here again seal with adhesive.
c.) If the top of the door is expanded, then you have moisture in the door and need to replace the door. You will never get the moisture out of the insulating material.
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...
Good day, Yes. Domestic appliances will not work properly below approx 55 degrees. The freezer suffers most simply because the machine runs rarely at 55 degrees and degrades as the temp goes lower. They are designed to balance properly when in an environment where people live. Ideally 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The machine is not broken. Moving it inside, is the only solution.
We ahve a two year old Frrigidaire Freezer. every year same time it seems to correct itself(?), like self defrosting etc, and takes a long time come back to its cooling level. This is made in brazil G series. Please help.
Roger , If the problem started prior to July 2008 and you had service document it! call Frigidaire and ask for a supervisor! Tell them that you want it replaced or you will not buy the, Frigidaire Pro stainless steel kitchen that you planned to get in 2 months when you remodel you kitchen! They call it a PUSH PULL! They contact me or some other dealer and pay them replace it for you and it includes all charges that they pay to the dealer! 0 dollars for you! I do this often! I KNOW THIS WILL WORK! Neil PS. PLEASE WRITE A "PROBLEM SOLVED" RATING FOR ME HERE IN THE FIXYA.COM SITE!! THANK YOU
If it started to cool again the compressor was running. Check the condenser and make sure it is clean. Provide as much air movement through the garage as possible . 100 degrees is a high temperature to be operating a refrigerator in.
If your freezer is six years old the compressor warranty is also over. Sounds as though the system has lost its refrigerant charge. A refrigerant leak in these smaller units is difficult to locate and somewhat expensive to repair. Your choice.