Originally my fridge would not take in cold air, the freezer worked fine but the fridge was not cooling. I called a repairman to look at the fridge and he found that the fan was burnt out. He replaced the fan and this started the fridge getting cooler again, but after 24 hours fridge started freezing from the bottom up.
I've put both the freezer and fridger temperature setting to 1 and 1, but this doesn't seem to stop the cold air in the fridge.
When I open my fridge I can feel the cold air coming up from the freezer - is some sort of control that isn't working that controls the amount of cold air the fridge takes in from the freezer? Could the thermostat be broken?
Is there a way for me to test to see what the problem is without calling in a reapirman again?
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Re: Fridge too cold
There is a damper motor that is behind the vent where you feel the cold air coming out in the fridge section. That damper should open and close after making temp. adjustments. See if you can look in the vent and see if it is wide open. Set your freezer on the coldest setting and check this vent again an hour or so later. If it is still wide open then that damper motor is bad. Let me know if you find something different or have any questions.
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These units like most fridge/freezers, actually cool the freezer first, then a damper opens that flows freezer air into the fridge side cooling it. The thermostat/switch controls the freezer, the refrigerator is controlled with a damper. The cold water storage tank is usually hidden in the bottom rear of the fridge, behind the vegetable bins, so if the fridge is not cold the H20 is also warm. I suggest you unplug the fridge, empty the freezer and remove the covers. Your issue could be a simple ice blockage of the air passage, or a stuck or broken damper control. Use Sears parts to look up a exploded view of your fridge. At minimum, you will learn a bit, and if you end up calling a service guy, he will know he cannot fool you and overcharge you.
Check to see if the cold air supply from the freezer to the fridge section is blocked and that the fan is running. The fridge uses cold air from the freezer to cool and many times the intake is blocked by something in the freezer compartment.
Sounds like the evap fan is not running. The fan takes cold air from the freezer to cool the refer compartment. If the freezer is cold the compressor is running. Generally the freezer will stay cold since the cooling coils are there but it must have the fan working to get the air up to the refer area. Pull everything out the freezer and take the back panel off to view the coils and fan, etc. It's a simple easy job to change the fan. If you find the coils are a total block of ice then it's another problem... the defrost cycle isn't working. Sooo... see if the fan is running in the freezer compartment first.
for fan location, item 18 is the fan motor. Let us know what you find out.