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Freezer at 10 deg, fridge at 50

I'm scratching my head on this one. The freezer seems to be plenty cold -- between 5 and 10 degrees, but the fridge won't get below 50. It has worked before, from the day we bought it (new) over a year ago until last month. I have defrosted for 72 hours, removed the panel at the back of the freezer to see that the fan moves freely, the coils look great, and the three vents between the fridge and the freezer area aren't clogged. I've also checked the seals around the fridge door, and it's as good as new. There are three vents between the freezer and fridge -- two passive vents on the sides, and one central vent that's ducted to a fan at the top of the freezer compartment. The left (passive) and center (ducted) have styrofoam inserts, the right (passive) vent does not have any insert. What the heck else can I check? Thanks!

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  • Rob C Sep 06, 2007

    Hey Dog, thanks for the suggestion.
    I replaced the thermostat, and now the freezer goes down to -20(F) but the fridge is still around +60F.
    I can rate your solution "Thanks for Trying" if you want, but I don't want to bring down your rating percentage. Any other ideas?

  • Rob C Sep 13, 2007

    Okay, the thermostat may have been bad but it may not have been. What WAS bad was the evaporator fan in the freezer. For this fridge, the fan draws air up from the fridge via the central vent, pushing it out into the freezer. This allows colder freezer air to flow down through the two side vents.

    My fan stopped spinning, which is why the fridge wasn't cool. I called a bunch of parts stores, but they all balked at the word "Haier" -- saying it would have to be special-ordered, and would likely be expensive. I finally found a place that was willing to actually LOOK at the fan, and she immediately said "Huh. Looks just like a standard whirlpool fan. Let me grab one and check."
    I replaced it with an OEM brand -- Supco SM-338 -- which is a replacement for GE WR60X162. I had to snip the wires from my old fan and crimp on spade lugs to attach to the new fan.

    All set now, and hopefully this comment (and Google) will help somebody else down the road.

  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2007

    I have to keep making my fridge to cut in.The dial is always up on 4(5 being the highest)We have to turn the dial in the moring to make the fan to work and when we get home in the evening she has everything defrost in the freezer,and the water in the fridge is warm

  • david foley Nov 10, 2008

    kenmore 596.75239402 bottom freezer refrigerator

    freezer seems fine, fridge at at 68 degrees



    unit is only 15 months old, problem has been developing over a couple of weeks as food is fridge section seems not very cool, or even warm.



    here are some details, may or may not be related to problem. frost seems to have been building up on bottom freezer door upper portion lately. Also when freezer door is closed it then becomes difficult to open fridge door as if vacuum had developed in fridge section. with a wait period the fridge door is easier to open.



    last night we tried a manual defrost. emptied freezer and put hair dryer to back panel of freezer where vent open to the evaporator coils. this morning fridge section still at 68. water tray at bottom back of unit was full so I sponged out the water. the condenser fan was seen operating at this time.



    This unit has two vents at bottom rear shelf of fridge section, as far as I can tell they seemed unobstructed. They was some standing water at bottom of fridge section but there did not seem to be a drain at this point. I sponged out the standing water.



    Over the year that we have had this unit I would say that it did make a noise that I was not used to in previous refrigerators. It was what I would describe as an overly loud impulsive knocking or thumping noise that would occur in groups of 3 or 4 as part of it's normal cycling. I never worried too much about it since the unit seemed to be running ok.



    now i'm thinking maybe there is a fan not running that could explain lack of cold air flow to the fridge section. One last observation, turning the freezer and fridge cold control to the max setting of 7 (from 4) overnight did not make any difference in fridge temp of 68.

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Haier refrigerators have been known to have the cold control go bad. it only sense's the temp in the fresh food section so that would be why the freezer is still ok. The problem is the control is cutting out to fast and not letting the temp go lower. from what you said i would take that there is good air flow between the freezer and the fresh food compartment. so the only thing it could be is the cold control. I would replace it and you should be all set.

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