Freezer will not freeze water, gets cold enough to freeze the top layer of water, but not all the way through. I've checked and topped off the refrigerant and have also cleaned the coils in the back. Any suggestions
will be greatly appreciated.
Are both evaporator fan and condensor fan running?You stated that you topped off the charge.Assuming the charge is ok, the next thing to check would be the expansion valve.May not be metering the freon properly.A faulty expansion valve can trick you into thinking the unit is undercharged.It may be partially open and starving the evaporator.(Not freezing the water totally)You should have a even coating of frost on the evaporator coil when running.Hope this helps,let me know if i can assist you any further.
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Cold air sinks. If evaporator temp is not low enough only the items on bottom of freezer will get cold and possibly freeze - stuff on top will not.
Throw a digital thermometer in there towards the top shelves and I bet your temps are high. Low refrigerant will cause this; furthermore, if you leave the refrigerator door open by accident, the refrigerator will never shut off, the freezer evaporator will freeze over with a block of ice, and the freezer temps will be higher. If that is what happened, simply unplug the unit and allow it to self defrost and then turn it back on for proper operation and make sure that the refrigerator door is properly closed!
Normally what causes the refrigerator/lower chest not to be cold enough is that the fan that pulls the air from the freezer is not working. Check to make sure it is working, if not then you will have to replace it. If it is working then check you defrost timer, it could be faulty. I will include these two websites for parts.
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We had the same problem with our refrigerator just yesterday. Defrosting (even tho frost-free) cleared up the airflow problem-- If it's frost-free, when it defrosts enough to allow air flow, the automatic defrost can take over. Cause was stored food blocking the vent between the freezer and lower part of fridge.
Feel the compressor to make sure it is not so hot you cannot keep your hand on the top. Doing this also confirms that the compressor is running. If the compressor is running continious and freezer is not freezing well like it should it may indicate a Freon leak and that will require you to be looking for a replacement freezer, Thanks Sea Breeze I just don't have much to offer on an older freezer because when constructed the people that made them use steel tubing and the steel tubing tends to rust allowing leaks to happen in places that cannot be reached or repaired, Let me know what you find.
If the bottom of the freezer is freezing (but only just), but the top is just above freezing, then your problem may be either your defrost timer or the defrost heating element. You'll need a thermometer to determine how cold (or not cold) your freezer is getting. Usually a freezer is happiest when it's full, so being too full is likely NOT the problem (there is room for air to circulate, right?).
you're handy, you can troubleshoot the problem yourself by following the
suggestions found here, as that may at least identify the problem. Replacing components inside your refrigerator isn't incredibly complicated, but if you're uncomfortable with taking things apart, you may be better off seeking the help of a properly trained professional.
It sounds like a Freon leak. The compressor is running and it gets a little cold. THis is not something you can fix yourself. You have to have certification to buy freon and gauges and know exactly how to use them. Besides in most cases you can't find the leak and will have to keep recharging it.