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Stops cooling, need to unplug, plug back in and it works for a little while

I have a Frigidaire Refrigerator model mrt21braw0. It stopped cooling the other day, the fridge and freezer were about 60 degrees, but is sounded like it was running. I unplugged it. Next day, I plugged it in, and turned it back on. It cooled great, the freezer was about 10F within about 1/2 hour. But when I came back about 3 or 4 hours later, it sounded like it was running, but everything was warming up again. The freezer was no longer frozen... Is this a thermostat problem? I cannot figure out how to get the cover off to test the thermostat, even - I removed 2 screws I can see, but it still does not pop off... Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  • bbiales May 13, 2009

    Ok, so that is actually the temperature control I wanted to test. I'm not certain the best way to access the thermostat for the defroster - do I have to remove the back cover inside the freezer? Or can I get to it through the panel in the back where the power chord and other wires go in?

  • bbiales May 22, 2009

    Ok, I spoke with a repair man the other day. I didn't mention in my post, but this is a 13 yr old machine. And I had heard some odd ticking noises the weeks earlier. When I described all symptoms, that it worked great for an hour or two, but then, even though all sounds like it is working (the compressor is humming, fans are running, air feels cold) but the freezer goes back up to 30-40 degrees, he feels that the compressor is most likely shot, and that my best solution is a new one. I had decided if it was the compressor I would not fix it. So it is going away :-(

    Thanks for your help.



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If the motor runs it cant be the thermostat then it is low gas inside the system and it must be cold after 30min

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