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I have a Frigidaire side by side. The crisper drawer contents and even the content on the above shelf are freezing. I have adjusted the control from vegitable to fruit but nothing helps. I actually bought the refrigerator used, and don't know if there is a part missing that is supposed to cover the opening on the left connected to the freezer. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  • mrsmith29605 Apr 24, 2009


    RE:
    Could be: You need to have a new computer
    board installed in the fridge near the top. Ours got hit by static
    lightning ang blew two of them in two years. When they go out, the
    defrost cycle fails and Ice builds up in the freezer in the back
    middle. Take the back vover off in the freezer and you'll see it packed
    with ice since the defroster is not getting the signal to defrost.
    order a new computerPC boards do not like static at all

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    MY BEST BET IS:

    Sounds like the damper or damper belt may be at fault. The cold air
    enters the refer compartment through the damper in the back. If that
    damper is not controled to close/open as needed it is likely stuck
    fully open all the time. That will let cold air in no matter what the
    t-stat says. See if you can view with a mirror and see if the damper
    "blinds" are fully open. If the t-stat is turned all the way down the
    dampers should close, as less cold air is needed. Then, as the t-stat
    is turned up, the dampers open to let in cold air from the freezer
    compartment. Let us know what you find and we can go from there. board, install it in the top of the fridge side,
    in the back, above all those controls on the back right side in a white
    case to hold the board. defrost the ice by using a hair dryer and
    letting all the water drain out and get it dry.

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    I took the back cover off the freezer and there was a some frost and maybe a little ice, but it wasn't that terrible. I defrosted it with a hair dryer. Didn't fix it.

    I took the damper control unit apart. There was no ice on the damper door or anywhere around it. I plugged it in and turned the controls to '0' and the doors closed. Turned it back up and they open back up. So I know the damper works okay.

    I played with the settings on either control thinking maybe there is a magic setting. But I already have the frig set to '3' and it's not quite getting the contents cold. My freezer is set to '3' as well and I don't seem to have any problems freezing anything.

    You think that it could be a thermostat issue?

    Thanks for your help!


  • mrsmith29605 May 04, 2009

    It is a Frigidaire side by side. Model # FRS6LR5EW6. The range on the thermostat reads from 0 to 6 ('0' being cold, '6' being colder).
    I replaced the computer board. Still no fix.


  • mrsmith29605 May 04, 2009

    It is a Frigidaire side by side. Model # FRS6LR5EW6. The range on the thermostat reads from 0 to 6 ('0' being cold, '6' being colder).
    I replaced the computer board. Still no fix.

  • mrsmith29605 May 04, 2009

    But the problem is the contents in my frig. freezing. If I turn it to 4 or 5 won't that make it colder? If you suggest the frig setting to be 4 or 5, what should the freezer be set to? Seems like that would affect it as well.

  • mrsmith29605 May 04, 2009

    I can't find the "continue with this expert" button or link anywhere.
    I have this diagram and having replaced part #23 hoping that was the issue.

    If you read the previous posts you'll see that I have checked the damper door and there is no ice at all on it. When I turn the control to '0' the door closes. It open fine when I turn the control back up. That is why I thought it might be the adaptive timer(pc board), which I replaced. Still freezing.


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This very well be a damper problem, if it is there is a lot to take a part to fix . This would take a lot to explane step by step.. Or may be you had mentioned that a part could be missing , ?.
This may help your problem until you get it fixed. Find the vent where the cold air comes into the crisper compartment. You can restrict much of the extra cold air, by covering the vents with packing tape.An old trick I have use before , I hope it works for you. please rate my info thanks. DFD

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Its timer fault in the unit.it has to be replaced.the cost of timer is $25 and you can get it at  http://www.repairclinic.com/

thanks.keep updated.thank you for using fixya.

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  • spark9 May 04, 2009

    also check the speed of condenser fan.if its slow then also it can cause the problem,

    keep updated.

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What is the range on the thermostat?
3 sounds kind of low.
Please use the "continue with this expert" option and reply with the make and exact model# of your fridge - it will help me out immensely during this remote troubleshooting.

Thanks!!

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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    blueextc3221 May 04, 2009

    3 is average temp.

    Your setting should be 4-5 to keep the contents cold.

    3 is "cool"

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    blueextc3221 May 04, 2009

    CLICK HERE for a listing of diagrams to your Fridge.



    Try turning up to 4-5 and place a thermostat on the middle shelf for a few hours.



    It should read 32-38 degrees ideally.



    If not - your thermostat is faulty.



    in THIS layout diagram, the Thermostat is #21



    CLICK HERE to be taken to the exact part.



    If you replaced a "board" it was the defrost timer circuit - not the main "controller"



    PLEASE us the "continue with this expert" option so you get competent advice.



    Thank you

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 May 04, 2009

    if the crisper contents are freezing - there is something amiss with the damper - part missing or stuck open.... or missing altogether.



    This delivers humidity-free cooling from the freezer and is adjustable.



    THIS DIAGRAM shows the diffuser as part #66B







    Is it installed in your fridge??



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    blueextc3221 May 04, 2009

    Newer refrigerators do not use freezer-fed cooling as they did back in the day.



    The cooling for your fridge is independant of the freezer.



    Turning up the "fresh food" side of the fridge has no correlation with the freezer temp.



    Your baffle is not working properly.



    You can see THIS SCHEMATIC that the controls for Freezer and Fresh food are independant (top left)

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 May 04, 2009

    THE DAMPER is #115 on this diagram - and is controlled by the left dial on the control panel.



    The thermostat for the fresh food controls this damper.



    If the thermostat (#21 on previous diagram) is faulty - the damper will not open or close.

    If the thermostat is sending the signal to the damper but it does not adjust - the damper (#115) is faulty.



    To test the thermostat:



    Unplug Fridge

    Remove it from the control circuit.

    Test the thermostat for continuity using a multitester.

    Set the multitester to the ohms setting X1.

    Place a probe on each terminal.

    The multitester should display a reading of zero when the thermostat is cold and a reading of infinity when it is warm (40 to 90 degrees F depending on the model).

    If the thermostat does not pass this test it should be replaced.



    else: replace the damper unit.





    Hope this was more fruitful for you and you get up and running shortly.

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    blueextc3221 May 04, 2009

    #23 is the DEFROST cycle timer for the freezer - NOT the part to solve your problem.

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    blueextc3221 May 04, 2009

    The "Continue with this expert" option disappears after you select a rating.... or try to get another expert's help.



    You selected "Thanks for trying" rating - and that is changeable.



    If you feel my help was instrumental in getting your fridge operational once again - please change the rating to FixYa.

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Could be: You need to have a new computer board installed in the fridge near the top. Ours got hit by static lightning ang blew two of them in two years. When they go out, the defrost cycle fails and Ice builds up in the freezer in the back middle. Take the back vover off in the freezer and you'll see it packed with ice since the defroster is not getting the signal to defrost. order a new computer board, install it in the top of the fridge side, in the back, above all those controls on the back right side in a white case to hold the board. defrost the ice by using a hair dryer and letting all the water drain out and get it dry. Those PC boards do not like static at all

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MY BEST BET IS:

Sounds like the damper or damper belt may be at fault. The cold air enters the refer compartment through the damper in the back. If that damper is not controled to close/open as needed it is likely stuck fully open all the time. That will let cold air in no matter what the t-stat says. See if you can view with a mirror and see if the damper "blinds" are fully open. If the t-stat is turned all the way down the dampers should close, as less cold air is needed. Then, as the t-stat is turned up, the dampers open to let in cold air from the freezer compartment. Let us know what you find and we can go from there.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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    Nate Stansfield May 04, 2009

    Like I said before. It is the thermostat/thermometer that will need to be replaced. Also check all door seals to be positive they are completely sealed or the system will constantly run. With years of experience, I do believe it is your thermostat

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