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Frigidaire #FRS26ZSH : Fresh food not even cool.

Freezer section ice maker not working. Notice heavy frost build up when looking through bottom crisper hole.

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That is a defrost problem need tech to one of a few possible problems you can defrost unit completely for 2 days and it will work great for a week or so

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Hello! Help the fridge side is not cooling ( warm)the freezer is fine???


Hi patsilke,

This complaint is usually the result of a defrost problem. The first thing to check in this case is the freezer area. Look at the back panel inside the freezer. If you notice frost covering the back panel, you have defrost problem. What happens when you have a malfunction in the defrost system is the air cannot circulate from the freezer to the fresh food section. Also, excess frost builds up within the coils inside the freezer. This is what is blocking the air flow to the fresh food section.

Hope it helps.

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The fridge side is not cooling but the freezer is working


Hello

The cold air is not getting from the freezer to the fresh food section. At least three reasons for this.
First,if you see a frost/ice buildup on the back wall of the freezer, there is a defrost issue. The defrost circuit has at least three components: defrost timer, defrost thermostat, and a heating element. If any one of these fail ice will build up on the evaporator coil in the freezer and air will not flow through the coils to the fresh food section. The fan in the freezer moves the air, so if the compressor is running and you don't hear that fan working when you open the freezer door, that is probably the problem.(Fan problems are not rare with Amana/Maytag refrigerators). The ducts through which the air moves usually have a damper door that adjusts as needed. The damper will be in the fresh food section at the top rear. There is also a hole near the bottom in the divider wall that can ice up. If that is plugged that circle of air can't happen. That usually plugs up because of a defrost problem, however even a leaking door gasket can cause this.

Hopefully with these starting points you can zero in on it.

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The freezer is working good, but the refrigerator does not cool. there was frost built up in the back of the freezer, Defrosted it, but it did not help. ,


What you probably didn't notice was that the freezer has not been going through it's normal defrost cycle. Because of this un-noticed event going on, there has been frost building up on the evaporator coils that doesn't belong there. After this frost continues to build up over the course of a few days to a week or so, now you are going to start to notice the effects.

Here is what's happening when you have a malfunction in the defrost system.
  • Air cannot circulate from the freezer(where the cold happens basically) to the fresh food section.
  • Your refrigerator will run constantly to try to cool the fresh food section. This will develop a new set of problems with your refrigerator. More on that later....
  • Excess frost builds up within the coils inside the freezer. This is what is blocking the air flow to the fresh food section
  • Usually you will notice the icemaker will stop making ice. Poor air flow and not quite cold enough temperatures in the freezer cause this
  • Water will not come through the dispenser on the door. Cold air settles, the water resovoir will freeze.
  • Compressor may overheat and shut off. This is when you hear, click, click, click. Not good
  • Ice Cream in the Freezer will start to get soft. That's really not that bad. lol
What can you do about this. Let me explain the defrost system in general so you get an understanding of what is going on.
The coils inside the freezer are the only part inside the whole refrigerator that "get cold". They need to stay free from excess frost build up so that air can pass through the coils and reach the refrigerator section of your refrigerator. Every eight hours or so, depending on the type of defrost timer or control you have, the compressor and fans will shut off and the machine will go into defrost mode. When the refrigerator is in defrost there is a heater that is tied into the evaporator coils inside the freezer that comes on. This heater is behind the rear panel inside the freezer where the evaporator coils are located. It melts the frost that has accumulated over the course of time. After about thirty minutes the machine comes out of defrost and goes back to normal operation.
Now the air can continue to pass through the coils and keep the freezer frozen and the refrigerator cool and everybody is happy. Therefore you should do continuity test on the tstat the heater and check the fan as well the last thing that you would check would be the defrost timer all three of the first parts can be found behind the back panel in the freezer If you have any further questions please remember when this chat is concluded to rank how this opinion has helped Thanks again Rick p.s we love 4 thumbs for answering free chats lol also if there is ice built up in the back of your freezer defrost it with a hair dryer Thanks again Rick

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There are a few reasons for frost building up inside the freezer compartment. Refrigerators work like dehumidifiers collecting the moisture in the air inside and defrost is supposed to remove the moisture while defrost through a drain and then to the defrost condensate pan below the refrigerator. Ever notice how ice in freezer over time the ice cubes become smaller? Or food that is not sealed dries out. You either have one of three problems. Defrost drain blocked behind the rear wall in back of freezer, air leaking into freezer through the door seal and in your case the drawer seal and finally water possibly leaking into freezer from Ice Maker, Let me know, Thanks Sea Breeze

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Hi,

All of your cooling coils on this model are located in the freezer. If you are cold enough in the freezer your problem is air flow to the fresh food section.

- There is fan behind the back wall of the freezer, be sure that is running.

- Look for frost build up on the back wall of the freezer, if present we have a defrost problem

- look for the duct or channels between the floor and freezer and top of the refrigerator they could be blocked with ice, if so we have a drain problem.

Let me know what you find and I will help you from there.

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GE Side By Side not cooling on refridgerator side.


Look on the back panel inside the freezer for ice beginning to show. Most times when this happens the fresh food section is the first to notice. Your refrigerator has a control board on the back. If not defrosting the air flow to the fresh food section is greatly reduced. Let me know, Sea Breeze

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Amana energy saver not keeping fridge section cool enough. HELP!


if there is frost build up on rear wall of freezer section the unit is not going through defrost cycle which builds up frost on evaporator and restricts cold air flow to the fresh food section. one of three things are bad. defrost heater, defrost thermostat or defrost timer. if no frost on rear wall you might be low of freon.

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Fridge warm


The frost build up is blocking the flow of cooling air from reaching the refrigerator section. If you take the cover off the frosted area and melt the frost off with a hair blower your refrigerator will work fine for a few days to a couple weeks, and then the problem will show up again. You need to determine why it is not defrosting by itself. You do not list the model number or even an aproximate age of your unit, so I can not be very specific with a solution. Test the defrost heater and then look at the defrost control timer. Also, look for any signs of air leakage into the refrigerator, such as a poor gasket (look at the bottom of the fresh foods gasket in particular) or a dispenser area if your model has a through the door ice dispenser.

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Whirlpool Refrigerator fresh food section cool but not cold (freezer ok).


The most likely problem is in the defrost system. Behind the freezer panel there is not only an evaporator fan, but also the evaporator itself, and a defrost heater, termination bi-metal, and drain pan (or trough). You will likely find ice build-up in the evap coil. This could be caused by the defrost timer, the heater, or the termination bi-metal.
Have a service tech look at the unit.

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Hi softwaredude with an LG GR-727R refrig. The occasional build up of water on the bottom of the fresh foods sections tells me that the refrig is going through it's defrost cycle, but that the defrost drain is plugged. If you take the back off the refrig. you will see a plastic tube about 1/2 inch diameter with a few ribs on it going from the top of the compressor compartment to the bottom, which is a defrost water holding / evaporating pan. Look to see if that tube is plugged. If not, it is plugged further up, most likely where the defrost water drains off the evaporator (that the coils behind the freezer wall that do all the cooling). Take that back panel off and use a hair dryer to melt all the frost off. The frost is blocking air flow from the freezer section to the fresh foods section, thus poor or no cooling in the FF section. You should be able to spot where the defrost water is suppose to drain. If the water is not draining out, use a turkey baster with hot water to flush out the drain.

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