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I checked door closing properly and airflow restriction but freezer still ices up. What to do?

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Fridge section has ceased to work, no longer stays cold.


Check Warranty? Some parts of the refrigerator may have extended warranty.

Likely one of two problems. Either the defrost cycle is not working or the cooling is not working.

Look for ice build up inside around the back of the unit.
26160077-ai3unifkpfov1uv0qrlw5ags-5-0.jpg If ice has built up on the back wall it is a sure tell that the defrost cycle is not working and the air flow is restricted by the ice built up around the cooling coils resulting in not cooling.

First try would be to empty the unit and allow with the doors open 24 hours with heat to melt the ice. Afterwards start normally and hope that the problem doesn't return. There is a tube that needs to thaw from the bottom of the coils that is known to freeze preventing a satisfactory defrost. This tube takes time to defrost if frozen closed.

If problem returns in a day or two then more troubleshooting is required. The heater, defrost sensor and depending on the model, timer may need to be replaced. This is far less expense then replacing the unit and I would be inclined to repair the unit.

No ice built up on back wall of unit does not mean that the defrost cycle is working so check for air flow coming out of the vents. If the air flow appears to be restricted it still could be frozen cooling coils and requires defrost.(see above)

If defrost is not the culprit than reread the warranty. It is likely the unit has a leak and the Freon is low or the compressor is failing. Check the fan located at the bottom from the rear or check for airflow from the front grill. Remove grill and check for massive lint and dust build up restricting the airflow before deciding to replace.

The cost of leak repair or compressor replacement can exceed the present value of the unit and could be better applied against the cost of unit replacement.

Hope this helps?
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Frigidaire S XS wont' cool freezer or fridge. Condesor fan is moving, coils are clear and frost on back of freezer door. how do i determine what is going wrong?


Frost on back of door. Does it have a dispenser? Check to see that ice chute door is closing. If it is then door must not be getting closed properly or has a bad seal. If enough outside air gets in it will frost the evaporator up causing a reduction in airflow and loss of cooling.

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The first things to check is if there is frost or ice on the rear interior wall of the freezer. This would indicate a defrost problem, and restrict airflow into the fresh food compartment.

The second thing you would check is to verify the fan in the freezer is operating. The freezer door light switch may have to be depressed in order to energize the fan.

I'd need model and serial numbers to offer any further troubleshooting information.

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Only the freezer is working the bottompart wont


The cooling in the ref. section is done w/ a vent that passes air from the freezer. The adjustment maybe labeled "freezer temp". When you locate it, check w/ hand for cool airflow. Insure that it is not blocked. Set vent control @midpoint and give it 24 hrs to stableize.
P.S. If you have a defrost problem, the coil will frostup and not allow proper airflow. Check rear panel for frost build-up, and check if your freezer can keep ice cream hard. If either, leave unit off overnight w/ doors proped open, then re-check operation.

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Freezer does not stay cold.every 2-3 months I have to remove Ice from The coils behind the freezer panel with a hair dryer. Then it will be ok for another 2-3 months.


check to make sure nothing is blocking the air flow inside the freezer compartment. if the airflow is restricted, condensation will form on the coils and slowly ice over. if you do not have a blockage of airflow, the system may be low on freon which will cause icing on the coils. freon leaks are not common and food blocking the airflow is very common. a third cause could be a weak fan motor. If the fan motor is weakening then airflow will be insufficient. fans are easy and inexpensive to replace on most frig's.

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Check your recirculation fan first . It is located in the freezer compartment . Make sure it is working properly . It should run continuously except when it is in the defrost mode . If OK , you're problem is probably in the defrost circuit itself . If the unit does not defrost properly every six or eight hours , depending on the timer control , ice will build up on the evaporator preventing airflow over and through it during normal operation . Also , check your door seals condition and sealing when the doors are closed .

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I have a side by side fridge freezer. The fridge compartment is freezing the food. can you help?


check thermostat for loose or damage connection but check the damper/blend door -located -in freezer where the fan is located and in the fridge where the air blows in is a duct and inside the duct is a damper -door that opens to let in cold air from freezer and closes when the fridge reaches temp some times ice or a piece of debris restricts it from fully closing or the unit gets stuck open--

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I'd check all the venting make sure there is no plastic bags blocking the vents in the freezer and or fridge compartments. for some reason there doesnt seem to be proper airflow.find the fride door switch and hold it in the closed position with the door open and feel for airflow around the fridge vents. If theres none or very lttle you might have a defrost problem. Check for frost on the back wall inside the freezer.

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Freezer not freezing


Check to see if the fan motor in the freezer is running. Most likely it is not circulating the cold air Also make sure the defrost drain line is clear and has drained out. A frozen sheet of ice will restrict airflow also

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Slow buildup of ice in freezer


The hissing is normal. It was in defrost.
The frost may be caused by a bad seal around freezer door. Check to be sure seal is hitting properly all around door. Also be sure door is getting closed properly.

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