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My refigerator and freezer are not cooling enough

I turned my refigerator and freezer temperature to coldest setting. Freezer seems to be cold enough but not cold enough to Freeze the items. The refrigerator though doesnt even cool. What should i do?

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  • geossite Jul 08, 2008

    My Kenmore Mod.596.79272992. The bottom freezer operates Ok, but the refrigerator will not cool any lower then 60 degrees. I cleaned everything under neath, the fan is operating ok.

    Could it need an upper thermostat?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    fridge and freezer not cold .temperature setting turned to coldest

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Just bought a whirlpool refrigerator March 03, 2013, without extended warranty. Freezer is ok, but refigerator is NOT cold anymore.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Freezer not reaching dersired temperature

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    refrigerator not cooling to set temperature nor is freezer

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Is the fan in the freezer running?? Is there frost on back panel of freezer??

Posted on Oct 03, 2007

  • joey  shearer
    joey shearer Oct 04, 2007

    There is a defrost timer that initates defrost for 30mins every 8hours of compressor run time.
    I believe it is on the bottom of the controls. It will have a hole in the console and you should see a pastic cam you can turn with a flat screwdriver. If you dont see a hole, but you do see 2 phillips screws than it may have a circuit board called an Adaptive defrost control. If you see the cam rotate click by click till unit shuts off (you will hear louder click and fans and comp will shut off. Now its in defrost. Wait 5 mins is the lower back of the freezer warming? Hear any melting of ice?? If not than you need a test meter to diagnose further.

    Please rate my solution as solved and ill keep the help coming!!!!!!!!!!!

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