Question about Refrigerators
Came home and most everything in the freezer was thawed (a mess). Frig side was warm as well 50 deg F. Turned the thermostat much colder and frig fired up next morning below freezing in the frig side. Turned thermostat down some... that night back up to 45 deg F. Frig is approx. 13-15 years old side by side, Kenmore with Ice and water in the door approx. 21 cu ft. Any ideas... Is it worth fixing???
Sounds like the defrost timer is not working correctly or the start capacitor is malfunctioning,Both are cheap and easy fixes.
Posted on May 09, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Your Refrig/freezer should be set as follows:
Refrigerators: 36 to 40 degrees. Ideal temp is 37 Fahrenheit. Note: A temp above 42 degrees promotes bacteria.
Freezer: temp should be -5 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideal temp is 0 degrees.
Then check the door seals around the edges to see if any splits, tears or cracks have messed up the seal. This will cause your compressor to constantly run as it's trying to cool off the warm house is being sucked into the freezer (or Refrig). A sure sign the door seals are damaged is lots of ice in the freezer door area or water pooling in the bottom area of the refrigerator.
Wait about 4 hrs after you readjusted the Refrigerator/Freezer settings so everything settles down. If you still have problems then the coolant may need to be serviced (topped off) or the motor serviced/checked.
Don't procrastinate because a water heater and Refrig/freezer are the 2 largest energy users in your home- they run 24 hrs a day.
Hope this helps...
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