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Freezer is freezing but fridge is not cold as it was

Hi. I have a frigidaire Model # FRT17G4BW1. The freezer part is 12 deg.F and the frig. part gets to 40 deg.F It should get much colder than this. It use to get colder in frige so I started checking the Temp. I found out that the Defrost Thermostat was not working so I chaned it, now that works fine also the timer works fine.I also removed the freezer control that regulates the air flow to the frig. (witch the fan works good) so I will get the most amount of air flow to the frige.I use to be able to keep the frig. control at 4.5 and it was keeping milk and water at a very cold temp. But now I have it set on 6 all the way and it is not near as cold. Do you think the compresor is just not putting out as it should? Thank You.....

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  • jesslerille Feb 08, 2009

    Hi! in response to Sea Breeze Thanks for the fast response :) I have checked the defrost timer and it does work fine and the heater works fine as well. I have also checked it manualy with a scredriver and works fine I am not sure how often it goes in to defrost mode I am checking the time on that but I do know the timer works. After the cycle is done and the compresor comes on and then shuts off the temp is still not changing from 12-14 deg Fin freezer and 38-40 deg F in frige but keep in mind the temp control in the frig is set on 6 and it use to be on 4.5 and I could not put it much higher because it would freeze the eggs and things on the top shelf and it does not get that cold anymore. I did fine that after I removed the air flow control in freezer so I can get as much airflow with no restriction to the frige the temp did get a little colder but not much maybe 2 deg F also I cleand the coils they are on the back of the frige they had very little dust. I have changed the defrost thermostat because it was not working that was the first thing I checked and since that change I have been watching the temp for 4 days and no change. Any other things you can think of please let me know... Thank You........

  • jesslerille Feb 09, 2009

    Hey Thanks again for the help. I found the problem it was the thermostat it was shutting the compresor off before getting to a very cold temp. What I did was take a thermostat off one of my other refrigirators I have rental property so I have plenty of refrigiratos to take parts from and it is working good now the compresor stays running longer now to get the temp very low. Thats funny how the defrost thermostat and the temp control thermostat went out at about the same time. Well thanks again you all were very help full :) Thanks..........Corey



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Sounds like defrost timer is not putting the refrigerator in defrost every 8 hours. You freezer should be below -5 degrees. Also the condenser beneath the refrigerator possibly needs cleaning. First slowly turn the defrost timer clockwise until freezer goes in defrost. You should hear the sound of crackling noise in freezer after about one minute into defrost. If timer does not come out of defrost or does not turn itself then replace it. Let me know what you find, Thanks Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Feb 08, 2009

    If you have done all the things you have listed, it points me to a slow freon leak. Signs of this will be continuous compressor running and ice build up on the evaporator coils. Many times the leak will be inside the freezer section.. Sometimes in lower condenser coils. The leak can be found and repaired but you will need to have the remaining freon removed, install a filter drier in discharge side of compressor, pull an absolute vacuum and recharge will same type freon that the refrigerator came with. Doing all these things will require a skilled person to recharge and repair the refrigerator.A refigerator uses only a few ounces of freon, no more and no less.

    Hope we can solve this, let me know, Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Feb 08, 2009

    Check compressor start capacitor and temp. thermostat also to make sure. I missed that the compressor turns off too soon before low temperature is achieved.

  • John Tripp
    John Tripp Feb 08, 2009

    Check top of compressor to see if too hot to touch then unplug the refrigerator and straight wire the two wires to the back of thermostat and this should cause the refrigerator to cool all time indicating that thermostat is bad. Also the probe on the thermostat may be in a bad location pull away from where it need to mount. Let me know what you find.

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    John Tripp Feb 09, 2009

    Thank You Corey...........Sea Breeze



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