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A reset helps to make ice, but fails again on next cycle

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The freezer doesn't freeze that good but the refridgerator does work.


It is possible that the defrost cycle is not working. Look for signs of ice built up in the freezer compartment. The excess ice prohibits the air circulation.


26128165-5xkmzur1kbcrfneaoxy43scu-3-0.jpg If defrost cycle appears working and compressor runs continuously it is probable that the Freon is low or compressor is failing.

the usual tell is the refrigerator gets colder than usual and the freezer does not get as cold. The situation is that the compressor runs until the freezer temperature is satisfied. If the compressor can not achieve the cold temperature of the freezer it will run continuously.

When the unit runs continuously the bi-pass of air is increased bringing more cold air into the refrigerator portion of the unit.

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Check your defrost timer also make sure its turning also there's a thermostat and heating element that defrost the ice at given cycles

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I have a Frigidaire Model FRT18s6aws year model 06. It will thaw an d refreeze food and ice on and off. When it thaws it seems the fan is working fine and is triing to get cold and the next day everything...


When your unit thaws - do you hear the compressor kicking on at the start of a cycle? If not, maybe the compressor relay it hanging up somehow. Or the compessor capacitor is malfunctioning. It is NOT a compressor problem though.

If you are capable of getting to the defrost heater circuit, you should check the defrost thermostat and timer (if there is not ice build up behind the panel. If the defrost circuit is active too long it could cause that condition - but you defrost heater is not the problem unless there is an ice build up.

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Compressor is kicking on for a few seconds and then kicking back off not keeping my frezer or refridgerator cold just the fan is running only had this thing for 4 years and it happened all of a sudden with...


Hi,the problem is from the relay switch attached to the compressor which supplies power to the compressor,it's probably weak or bad,
The solution is to replace the relay switch with another new one,and your problem will be solved.
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My top freezer refridgerator PTB1953GR freezer stopped working the rest of the fridge has gone warm also. fan in freezer still working


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The clicking sound is either from your fan clicking against ice that's built up or from your compressor trying to kick on. Unplug your fridge and let it defrost for a day with the doors open. You will want to put everything in a cooler with plenty of ice. The next day plug your fridge back in. This should solve the click if it's your fan. If it doesn't then the click is in the compressor and you will need to hard start it. Hard starting a fridge is the equivalant of jumpstarting a car. It requires a specific machine. What happened was at the moment your compressor was going to kick on the power failed and so the compressor is frozen. Not temperature wise but figuratively. It needs a boost to get it kicking again. If you don't have a hard start machine consult fixya's local directory. This should just be a minimum service charge. I would try unplugging the fridge for a day first. It's cheaper. I hope this helps.

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