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The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent 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 ..

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.

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I have no cold air in my refrigerator or Freezer. It defrosted everything.


Condenser Coils are Dirty
If the refrigerator is not cold enough the condenser coils may be dirty. The condenser is like a radiator and must stay clean in order to dissipate the heat which was removed from the inside of the refrigerator. As the coils get dirtier the refrigerator becomes less efficient, which makes it work harder to cool down. If the coils are dirty enough, the unit will never be cold enough and will not be able to cool the inside of the refrigerator to the proper temperature.
Evaporator Fan Motor
If the refrigerator is not cold enough, the evaporator fan motor might have failed. Every refrigerator has a set of coils called an evaporator. The refrigerator may have one or more evaporator fan motor(s) depending on the model and evaporator locations. The evaporator fan motor circulates the cold air from the coils thru the compartment. If there is only one evaporator it is in the freezer side. If the fan is not working, no cold air will get to the refrigerator compartment. The freezer may still get cold.
Condenser Fan Motor
If the refrigerator is not cold enough there might be something caught in the condenser fan motor blade, or the condenser fan motor might be defective. The condenser fan motor draws air over the condenser coils to cool them. The condenser fan motor is located underneath the refrigerator near the back. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and remove the access panel to access it.
Start Relay
If the refrigerator is not cold enough, the start relay may be defective. The start relay is a small device mounted to the side of the compressor. It provides power to the run winding along with the start winding for a split second at start-up to help get the compressor started. If the start relay is defective the compressor may run intermittently or not at all and the refrigerator will not get cold enough. The start relay should be replaced if defective.
Temperature Control Thermostat
If the refrigerator does not get cold enough the temperature control thermostat might be defective. The thermostat allows power to flow through to the compressor, evaporator fan and condenser fan. If the cooling system fans and compressor are running, but the refrigerator or freezer is not cooling correctly check for an airflow or defrost system problem.
Start Capacitor
If the refrigerator isn't cold enough the compressor might be having difficulty starting. The start capacitor serves as a battery to give the compressor a little boost during start-up. If the start capacitor is burned out the compressor might not be able to start and run as often as it should. Test the start capacitor first with a capacitance meter, they don't fail often. If it's defective, replace it.
Thermistor
If the refrigerator is not cold enough the thermistor might be defective. The thermistor is a sensor which monitors the air temperature. It is connected to the control board. If the thermistor is defective the refrigerator does not cool or may cool continuously.
Temperature Control Board
If the refrigerator is not cold enough the temperature control board might be defective. The temperature control board provides the voltage to the fan motors and compressor. These boards are often misdiagnosed. Check all other components to be certain this is the cause of the problem.
Compressor
If the refrigerator is not cold enough, the compressor might be defective. The compressor is a motor which compresses the refrigerant and circulates the refrigerant through the evaporator and condenser coils. There are several other components which are more likely to be defective if the compressor doesn't work. If the compressor itself is defective a licensed professional will need to replace it.
Main Control Board
If the refrigerator is not cold enough the main control board might be defective. This is not common. Check the defrost system, cooling fans, and cooling controls first.

Jun 28, 2017 | Refrigerators

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Frigidaire refrigerator model # frs6r5emb8 wont get cold and freezer wont freeze. I replaced the filter and cleaned any and all dust out from the rear bottom of the refrigerator. Freeze wont get cold...


first off the freezer is cold but not cold enough?if the freezer isn't working right then the fridge is gonna be warm too,all it does is get cold in the freezer and the evap fan blows cold air into the fridge,that's it.i need you to do a few checks for me,open the freezer door,do you hear the fan blowing around,if not you could have a bad evap fan motor,next from the bottom up remove the second bin from the bottom and touch the back wall,do you feel any ice or snow on the back wall.if so you have a defrost problem,possible computer board,defrost thermostat or heater.let me know what you find.one more thing did this happen after you cleaned it or did you clean it to try to see if it would help?

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Our amana refrigerator is a BX21TL. Serial # 9809197207. It is approx. 8 years old. The freezer wont stay cold enough? I would guess it approx. 35-36 degree's... Help...


First is the refrigerator running constantly, if it is then it is probably low on freon also check that all the door seals are good as this can keep it from freezing properly. If it is not running constantly but running and shutting of and restarting as it should normally then you may have a bad cold (temperature) control shutting it off before it gets cold enough. Also check that there is clearance for the air to flow around the outside of the refrigerator as the evaporator coil transfers the heat from the refrigerator. This evaporator coil is usually mounted on the back of the refrigerator and needs to have unrestricted air flow. Be careful of electrical shock while working on it. Always unplug first you only get electrocuted once no second try.

Oct 08, 2009 | Amana Refrigerators

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Fridge stopped being cold and freezer not freezing


Switch off the refrigerator. Let all ice melt completely. it may take 4 hours. Switch it ON again. does it work better for 2-3 days. if yes,change bimetal and timer.

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Freezer is cold emnough, it's the refrigerator


Hi..

If your refrigerator is not cold enough you need to check this

  • Check the temperature setting
  • Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the refrigerator or freezer
  • Check for air flow restrictions in vents
  • Test the temperature control
  • Clean the condensor coils
  • Check the door seals
  • Test the door switch
  • Test defrost heater
  • Test defrost timer
  • Test evaporator fan
  • Check for a clogged drain tube
  • Check for refrigerant leak

Hope it may helpful for you!!!

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PCmania

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Freezers too cold leaks h2o to fridge now fridge wont cool


because of too less gas in the system it cant make cool enough too switch off the compressor

May 10, 2009 | Refrigerators

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I have a Roper RT21LMXKQ00 Freezer wont freeze


The problem is a defrost problem. The freezer coil has frost on it and thus restricts the cold air from flowing. This affects the refrigerator as it gets its cold air from the freezer. The ice will not make if the temperature is above 12*F and this also is why ice cream is like mush.

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Freezer compartment on refrigerator not cold enough


depending on the temp it could
if the ambient temp get below 32
you freezer wont come on and actually begin to get warm (insulation factor)
but the refer will seem cold because of the low ambiant temp is the temp inside
we go in the refer alot more than the freezer

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