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Freezer section not getting cold enough and ice maker doesn't make very many cubes.

Side-by-side 48" 1999 Kitchenaid unit with ice maker is not staying cold enough in the freezer, and doesn't make very many ice cubes. This has come on over the last year. Cleaned the coils on top as best I could, although they are packed together and couldn't get in there with a vacuum. They have a layer of dust - is it critical that they be clean? I've cranked the temp dial to the coldest with no luck. Dirty or freon? Thermostat or defrost timer? Bill

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  • willyjb May 30, 2009

    110vac and I are good buds and I'd like to try your suggestion and bypass the thermostat. I'm curious - if there is a freon leak, is it most likely the pump that is leaking, similar to a car?




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This could happen due to a lack of freon. this means the freon cycle is no longer sealed. a repair is rarely possible.

but more likely i think that the Thermostat did stop working properly.

my DIY solution would be to shortcut the thermostat to see wether te cooling works at all. if not, the freon or the pump is the problem and i would throw away that unit. If it cools then, i would replace the thermostat.

BUT: since you normaly have full outlet power on the terminals i do not advise you to touch anything. this is dangerous and could lead to serve injury or death.

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