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Refrigerator section on side by side losing cooling

Freezer evaporator entirely icing over. Thawing evaporator with hair dryer every 5-6 days. Seems like Refrige / Freezer thermostat never gets satisfied, compressor seems to not cycle off. Defrost cycle not working ? What is the easiest way to ck. Defrost timer, Defrost thermostat and heater ? Where is the Defrost timer located ? Door gaskets seem to be intact and ok. Thanks for the help.

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Here is the Amana website with the manuals which should show you where the defrost timer etc. is located. Witht your model number and manual it will be a lot easer

http://shared.whirlpoolcorp.com/product_literature/search.jsp?siteCd=AMA

And yes the defrost timer thermostat and heater are the most likely problem.

Do not let this keep running and running or you may lose your compressor too which means a lot more expense than now.

Posted on May 09, 2009

  • Bruce McLeod
    Bruce McLeod May 09, 2009

    It's also possible you are undercharged on refrigerant which would cause the compressor to run and run and that is causing the evaporator to iceup.

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Our Viking professional vcbb363rss freezer is icing up because auto defrost seems to have quit, including the freezer fan. Everyone seems to agree that it's a control board. Do where are they located?


More probable is the the defrost sensor. It is located in the evaporator section in the freezer section of the refrigerator. It will be clamped on the refrigerant return line to the compressor. The sensor closes on temperature decrease below 5 degrees and opens during the normal defrost cycle at least 2 times a day. If the sensor does not close the refrigerator stops defrosting and ice will accumulate as yours seems to be doing. Take your model number to searspartsdirect.com and find the evaporator or controls section and find your sensor. You may need to make a splice to install your new sensor to the electrical wire. some just have push on pull off connections and other have to be spliced. You may have to use a hot air gun like a hair dryer to defrost the evaporator panel to come loose to remove panel. the panels typically have several screws holding them in place and are generally easy to removel. The side normally have gaskets that need to be removed carefully with damage to be reinstalled after sensor replacement.
Hope this helps.

Oct 22, 2014 | Refrigerators

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I have this Refrigerator, Whirlpool GS6SHAXMQ Side by Side and the chill side does not cool.No alarm and freezer side is fine.


Although the freezer size seems to be fine, it is probably the problem! All the cooling comes from the freezer side into the chill side. So first make sure that the fan is operating, so that cold air is blown into the fresh food side. Then check the ice build up on the evaporator coils (behind shield in the upper section of the freezer). If there is a lot of ice, maual defrost it by unplugging from power and using a hair dryer or heat gun - make sure you are ready to deal with all the water! The ice build up is caused by a failure of the defrost circuit which is made up of the defrost heater, defrost thermostat and a defrost timer that is part of the control board on your unit.
Hope this helps!
Hal aka ImJustAvg

Jan 02, 2012 | Whirlpool GS6SHAXMQ Side by Side...

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My whirlpool fridge is not working, the freezer is working, I can't understand it. The thermostat inside the fridge seems to be okay, inside the fridge is not even cold. Can you help me. My fridge...


Your cooling comes from the freezer side through cooling tubes to the refrigerator side.

The first thing is to make sure that the evaporator fan is working, because that will blow the cold air into the refrigerator side. If it is working then you probably have an ice build up around the evaporator. You will need to remove the inner rear panel of the freezer to check it.

If there is a lot of ice on the evaporator fins then your defrost circuit is not working. But if you manually defrost the freezer (a hair dryer will speed it up) and make sure the cooling tubes are clean of ice (can feel the air from the hair dryer on refrigerator side) then you will have anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before the ice build up returns.

So you should troubleshoot your defrost circuit and get the parts on order to be ready for the next time.

Jul 15, 2011 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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Fridge section not cold, freezer section o.k.!


Normally, the cold is only generated in the freezer compartment, and then the cold is pulled or pushed throuch cooling tubes from the freezer section to the refrigerator section. So if your cooling tubes become blocked by ice (usually caused by a defrost circuit failure) then the freezer will seem to work fine but the refrigerator section will not receive the cold air it should.

Suggest you remove the food from the freezer section, then remove the shelves and then the back panel of the freezer. If there is a lot of ice on the evaporator then you should manually defrost the unit. Unplug it from the wall and use a hair dryer to melt the ice. There will be an entrance to a cooling tube right below the evaporator make sure the you keep blowing the hot air from the hair dryer down than tube until you can feel it in the refrigerator section.

If there was ice, you also need to troubleshoot the defrost circuit and find out which component failed. It is normally made up of the defrost heater, defrost thermostat and defrost timer and troubleshooting methods can be found in the tips section.

NOTE: There will be a lot of water to deal with when you defrost your freezer so make sure you are ready to handle it with buckets and large sponges or a wet/dry vac.

Jul 13, 2011 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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Over the past couple of weeks, my Side-By-Side Refrigerator freezer has not been running properly. It thaws out for a day or two, then it starts freezing again for a couple more days.


The defrost is not working.This happens due to the evaporator coil in the inner section of freezer is got blocked by ice .--------

Try manual defrost reset procedure: ----

First unplug the unit from main power outlet. Then empty whole unit completely. Then keep both the doors open. Wait for 24 hours. All the ice collected on the coils and in the freezer section will get melted. Clean the water from the sections. Then Connect the power cord of the unit to main power outlet after 24 hours/.Then set the temperature to normal in both fridge and freezer section. It will take near to 4 hours to get run in its proper cooling cycle. Then check, if the problem returns again. If the same problem occurs then it's defrost problem. The defrost board and the defrost thermostat/heater is not functioning properly and it has to be checked and replaced.

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Check the damper if there is too much water collected in the damper then press the damper and remove the water collected in it. The procedure of this unit is as follows: --- The compressor starts then it cools the freezer section. When the freezer reaches its cooling level the defrost cycle starts functioning. In this cycle the fan in the freezer section starts running and the cool air in the freezer section is passed to the refrigerator section and the refrigerator section gets cold. The air from freezer to refrigerator passes from the section, in that section the damper is located. Now this problem which you mentioned. In this problem the freezer thaws, this happens if the thermostat is not functioning or the heater is not heating. Then the ice starts getting collected on the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is at the internal section of freezer. If too much ice gets collected then this ice blocks the fan in the freezer section from functioning and this blocks the damper section with ice getting collected there. This all procedure is controlled by the main defrost board of the unit. Now if the damper is not got blocked with too much water or if the ice is not got collected on the damper area then check the evaporator coils. If there is too much ice got collected on the coils, then takes a hair dryer and melt the collected ice. Then see if the problem returns again. But if there is little bit ice collected on the coils and fan is running properly then it's not a problem. In that case main board is faulty and it has to be replaced. The main defrost board is working but its not controlling the functions as required so the freezer thaws after couple of days.

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You can get required parts from sears part direct online site or from repairclinic.com site.

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This will help. Thanks. Helpmech.

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So first try reset procedure.If that is not helping then defrost assembly parts are to be checked and replaced.The defrost thermostat is located in the freezer section beside the evaporator coil.The defrost heater is located in the freezer section beside the evaporator coil.And the defrost control board is located in the fridge section.-------------

you can get the required parts from online sites like:---

www.repairclinic.com or from searspartsdirect online site.---------This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Feb 21, 2011 | Amana ASD2625K Side by Side Refrigerator

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Refrigerator side not cooling, but feezer is still freezing


DEFROST HEATERS IN THE FREEZER. IF THERE IS FROST ON THE BACK WALL INSIDE THE LOWER AREA OF THE FREEZER SECTION. YOU THEN HAVE A DEFROST PROBLEM. THE HEATER IS THE MOST COMMON. REMOVE THAT PANEL AND DEFROST WITH HAIR DRYER. THIS FROST IS BLOCKING THE AIR FLOW TO THE REF. SIDE. AFTER THIS IT WILL WORK FOR 10-21 DAYS WITH OUT REPLACING THE DEFROST HEATER. 95 PERCENT CHANCE. JUST REPLACE THE HEATER SOON AFTER DEFROSTING SO YOU DONOT HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN.

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Refrigerator not cold, freezer barely cold and has ice on back wall


You have a defrost problem if the ice is on the back lower wall of the freezer section.... This is where the evaporator is located just under a fan.(aluminum coils looks like a radiator) There are three parts to the automatic defrost system- the heating element(found at the bottom of the evaporator) a bi-metal thermostat(found at the top of the evaporator) and a defrost control board(usually in the top of the refrigerator section,but this varies)

If you take off the back freezer panel and melt the ice build- up with a hair dryer or letting it open overnight, without poking any holes in evaporator and losing freon(out a fridge) your fridge will run fine for about 3 weeks. This is humidity from air collecting, automatic defrost system usually works about every 8 hours when working normally. Your sealed system and compressor are fine, you have a defrost problem. Good luck.

Mar 14, 2010 | Maytag MZD2766GES Side by Side...

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Frost build up in freezer


The frost is preventing the evaporator fan from circulating the air.
Check that it is operating properly - and thaw out condenser if needed.
A hair dryer will work good.
Verify the fan is operational after thawing.

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Dec 30, 2009 | Maytag MSD2756G Side by Side Refrigerator

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Freezer Defrosts on its own


Yes it is supposed to. Your evaporator coils frost up in normal use and every eight hours or so the entire unit shuts down and the defrost heater comes on to melt the frost. This cycle last about 20 minutes. The melted frost drips into a drain pan and through a drain tube to the drain tray under the freezer/refrigerator where it's evaporated by the condenser fan.


If it seems to defrost too long and start thawing the contents then the defrost thermsotat may be bad. It's purpose is to stop the defrost heater when the temp reaches around 32 degrees. If it doesn't work the heater will stay on for the entire defrost cycle and possible melt things.
Check here for how to check it and where it is. http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

Aug 25, 2009 | GE GSH25JFR Side by Side Refrigerator

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Refrigerator and freezer not cooling/freeding


Possibly a defrost circuit problem -

1) Bad defrost thermostat
2) Bad defrost heater
3) Bad defrost timer
4) Failed evaporator fan motor.

Look for frost accumulated inside the louvers at the back panel, top and bottom. If you see it, remove food from freezer and put in ice chest. Take out shelves, get hair dryer and warm the backside of the freezer, directing air down the louvers. Then leave to sit for 4-6 hours with the freezer door open. Put towels in the bottom of the freezer to catch any melted ice.
After period of time, plug unit back in and power the unit back up. Once you know it's cooling, empty ice chests back into freezer.

If there is a problem in any of the above components, then it will show up in 3-4 weeks witht he same problem again.

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