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That ice is the reason that the freezer is working but the refrigerator is not cooling. That ice is blocking the vent that allows cool air to leave the freezer section andfall down into the refrigerator section. The fix is free: defrost the frig - pull the plug, and let that icce melt out of there, clean up the wet mess, and turn the frig back on - problem solved. Keep the vent area free of ice (and other blockages, like frozen peas covering over the vent), and you'll keep the problem from recurring.
For one reason or another the cold air is not getting from the freezer compartment to the refrigerator side.
There is ice build up in the vent.
The vent is stuck closed or set at closed setting(freezer setting to cold)
Defrost thermostat in freezer area not defrosting ice to allow air flow. This you can tell once you remove the back panel in the freezer you will see the inside full of ice.
Defrost your fridge with a blowdryer in the freezer after you remove the freezer back panel. Get the ice out of your exhaust pipe going to fridge. Your evaporator fan should be running, either your defrost heater is bad or your defrost thermostat is bad. I ussually replace both. Good luck rate me if I am correct.
Air from the freezer is blown into the fridge by a fan, some new type frigs have electronic controls that open and close a vent to frig. the older ones have two vents in the frig from the freezer and when covered with frost or ice the air will not reach the frig. check for ice or just defrost the freezer if there is ice or frost, also check for food or plastic over vents in freezer. Also check that the freezer fan is running as these sometimes become blocked or defective motor.
Look for the return vent near the bottom probably behind the crisper. You'll have to remove it to see the vent. There may be an adjustable flap in to to adjust the meat keeper area. Make sure it's open.
I don't think the darkness is related to the fridge not being cool.
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper)
between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through
it.There is a flap you adjust with the
fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the
fridge temp OR ..
If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer
are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of
cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.
check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In
most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board.
If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control. How to check
For those who had the control board replaced or are experiencing the
frig side warming while the freezer side continues freezing; The
problem may (still) be a faulty control board. I fixed the issue by
replacing a $1.00 capacitor on the board. I'm not a techy and it wasn't
too difficult to solder. More info on what to do here; DIY Chatroom
In the mean time defrost the ice that is blocking airflow and causing the frig to warm. Check behind the lower panel inside the freezer.
I use a pump pressure garden sprayer with hot water to defrost the
coils. Gets the job done in 20 minutes and I don't have to worry about
defrosting items in the freezer.
I posted this on another problem, but this may help you too. Check to see if there is frost on the back panel of the freezer. If there is try solution below: ................................................................................................ I had a similar problem. The frost in the back is an indication that
your coils are frozen. This could be from food packages falling out of
the freezer drawers in the back and blocking the air circulation vents
or maybe the freezer door was not closed completely and letting
moist/humid air in and freezing the coils. For me it was the first
problem listed.I had to completely empty the freezer and Frig. and take
the back panel off in the freezer. There you will see the coils and
lots of ice! 1. Remove all items from the frig. and freezer and unplug frig. 2. Pull all the freezer drawers out. 3.
On my GE side by side I took the light cover off and removed the bulb.
There you will see two panel screws. Remove the screws. 4. Now pull out the mouldings on each side and you should be able to remove the panel. 5. Take a hair drier and completely defrost all the ice from the coils. Be
sure to keep plenty of towels handy for all the water mess. Remember to
keep an eye on the drain tray in the back of the frig. and use a sponge
to collect the water that will build up. Hope this helps!..... Woody
You may think the freezer is fine, but stick a thermometer in to be sure. It should be around 0 degrees F. If not, you may have iced up coils. See some other posts on this site about getting to those coils and defrosting.
You have a defrost system problem related to the timing device, heaters, or defrost thermostat. Coils for the freezer are inside the back wall and defrosting the surface does not get ice out of coils. it will not get any better until you have it serviced. This is not normally a project for a do-it your selfer.