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My fridge is not cooling

I have cleaned out the coils and have had no power outages. I am wondering what I should test before going out and buying a new condenser...can I replace the part myself?

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  • guymaltese Feb 16, 2009

    I was not able to find the defrost timer below the door would it be located somewhere else? Is it just a screw? would it go into defrost mode by itself?

  • guymaltese Feb 16, 2009

    The model # is TPS24BICG BS thank you for your help...

  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    The defrost timer is located in the compartment where the refrigerator light is located, right hand side of the refrigerator.

  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    Give me the model number of the refrigerator and I will locate it for certain.

    The defrost timer is about 3 inches square and will have 4 wires leading to it. It usually initiates it's cycle based on a temperature sensor mounted on the cooling coil in the freezer.

    The "screw" will be about 3/8" diameter, usually will be plastic, and sometimes have a turn-out on either side to prevent you from turning backwards.


  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    Make certain that it is not stuck in defrost mode.

    There will be a defrost timer located somewhere on the unit, usually on the bottom left below the freezer door, behind the floor grill.
    There will be a screwdriver slot in it that you can turn to advance the defrost mode. Note if you can rotate it around to a detent, or if, when you start rotating, whether it is at a detent or not.

    Please reply if you hear the compressor trying to start at all, or if it is warm, or what you see/hear, and we can help you more.


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SOURCE: maytag mff2557hew fridge not cooling. Freezer ok.

Sounds like the Freezer Fan is wearing out or is worn out. This fan problem is very hard to detect. The reason is that when the motor is starting to wear out the fan will spin, but at a much lower rpm. This is enough to keep the freezer cold. but will not ciculate enough air thru the freezer and the refrigerator to prevent freezer from and refrigerator from cooler. The cost to repair/replace this fan is a minimum of $300.00

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SOURCE: Amana arb2557cw condenser coils freezing, fridge not cooling

There are a few things that it could be. Do you mean the evaparator coil? This would be the coil on the inside of the freezer, the condenser is outside the unit. If the evap. coil is freezing, you could have to much in your freezer blocking air flow. You could also have a evap. fan not running. Check the owner's manual for the location of the defrost timer, it could be bad. The thermostat needs to be checked and set so that it is at a reasonable level. One last thing to check would be the condensate drain. Make sure the drain is not plugged or the line is not plugged. Good luck.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

Sea Breeze
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It is possible you have a defective fan motor in the condenser area or evaporator area. Sometimes when they become defective they will run for a while and just warm up and stop while the compressor continues to run. I learned that one on four costly returns to the home. The cost was to me not the customer. Thanks, Sea Breeze

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SOURCE: My Subzero Condenser fan runs constantly - but coils are clean

If it is similar to mine at home (Model 550) the condensor fan is designed to run continuously, even when both the freezer and refrigerator are shut off. There is no control or switch in the fan circuit, so it just runs whenever the fridge is plugged in to the wall. It uses about 56 watts.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009

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Hi,

As the weather is getting warmer for many people their freezer2_bing.gif and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...

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...

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