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No longer maintaining cold either in freezer or lower compartment.

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Unit is how old?

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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    Bruce Volkers Jul 14, 2009

    A little more information please??? unit is how old? Any attempts made at cleaning the condenser coils under the box? Does the condenser fan under the box run? Any water accumulation inside the refrigerator? Does the light come on inside when you open the door?

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Hi...

If your unit is not maintaining clod 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 me helpful

Regards
PCmania

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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