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Refridgerator not staying cool

Our Admiral (Designer Series HMG51138) Refrigerator/Freezer (side by side) will not stay cold. The temp. goes up to 50 at the highest, with the Fridge setting on 9. I noticed over the last few weeks, milk, etc., was not that cold. I put a refrigerator thermometer in it, and it dropped from 50 to 42 in 24 hours. It stays around 40-41 degrees. We pulled it out, took the back off, vacuumed inside the back and under neath (under the doors). My husband even unplugged it, to see if something needed defrosted, etc., and plugged it back in. There's only a little bit of air blowing out the top (where the controls are). Right now it has been sitting empty for 6 hours, and the temp dropped only 4 degrees or so.

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Is the cooling fan in the back working? Does the center of fridge where your doors meet feel really hot?

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hi thanks for the question you problem could be a no defrost problem remove the floor of the freezer 4 screws lift from back to front remove foam if its all frosted up you have a defrost problem a bad fan motor also can cause this it could also be stuck in ice if so use hair blower and thaw dry it real good re assemble and try again thanks the appliance doc

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I just went through this with my refridgerator and actually posted one of the questions. Here is what I found ........

In the freezer compartment behind the panel there is an evaporator fan which pulls cold air from the freezer and pushes it up into the refrridgerator compartment. If the fan is not working it is one of three things.. 1) there is so much frost in the fan area the fan blade is stopped and cannot push the cold air into the refridgerator compartment or the air channel is blocked. 2) there is no electricity going to the fan (usually tied to the door switch of the refirdgerator compartment, and 3) the motor is dead and will have to be replaced.

Solution to #1 - defrost but there is another problem in the "frost-free" part of the system which must be addressed or the frost will return and it will happen again in the future.

Solution #2 - check to see there is power to the fan. (most are 110VAC but some are 100VDC. Use a meter and check)

Solution #3 - If there is power, the motor is dead. Replace the motor. Be aware that AC and DC motors are different and replace per manufacture's specifications.

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remove the back wall leave the unit to run half hour open and see if coil have frost all the way from the top of the coil to the bottom if the coil is full you have adefrost problem could be your timer defrost thermostart or heater

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