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  • lucedavid May 26, 2009

    freezer works fine, the refrigerator barely cold, settings are normal

  • lucedavid May 26, 2009

    model ctb1720arw magic chef

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If the refrigerator isn't cool, you need to answer some questions, then see if the compressor is running.

First, answer these questions:

* Is the refrigerator completely dead? If so, see “It's stopped completely.” scroll down to it, below.


* Is the thermostat knob turned to the proper setting? If not, reset it.


Next, see if the compressor motor is running

The compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. It's on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the bottom. If it is humming or making a continuous noise and your refrigerator is still not cooling, there may be a more serious problem with one or more of several different components, we recommend contacting a qualified appliance repair technician for further help.

If the compressor is not running but you do have power to the refrigerator, there may be a problem with one or more of these:

* The compressor


* The Thermostat


* The overload, relay, or capacitor


* The defrost timer


* The condenser fan motor




It's stopped completely

First, check to see if the light comes on or if there is any fan, motor, or other sound coming from the appliance? If so, the refrigerator isn't really completely stopped--go to the specific problem you are having. If not, try adjusting the thermostat to a colder setting. If that doesn't work, read on.

Second, check to see if there is power getting to the refrigerator. To do that, plug a lamp or other device into the same outlet the refrigerator is plugged into. If there's no power, check the fuses or circuit breakers. If the fuses or breakers aren't the problem, contact a qualified electrician to restore power to the outlet.

If there is power to the appliance but it still seems to be stopped, there may be a problem in one or more of these:

* Wiring


* Thermostat


* Defrost timer


* Compressor


* Overload and/or relay


If you are unable to troubleshoot the problem from here, you may need to contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

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