Question about Frigidaire FRT21H8 Top Freezer Refrigerator
The cooling coils are normally located around the freezer with the refrigerator being cooled via cold air circulating from the freezer to the refrigerator.
If that concealed fan has failed, the mere fact that cold air falls might explain why the lower compartment is getting the hog's share of the cooling.
You should be able to see vents in the rear of the fridge; hold your hand (wet might be better) in front of those vents. You should be able to feel a flow of air into the fridge. If you don't, the fan may have failed.
Try Sears parts section to see if your unit is listed; they often have repair parts for many brands and models, and even more important, an illustration of your model which could guide you on how to access the fan for replacement.
Another possibility is the failure of the defrost timer that controls a heating coil also located near the freezer. If your defrost heater is staying on because the timer has failed, it could cause the situation you have. The timer is often located behind the grill at the bottom of the unit. Some of them have a **** to turn the timer mechanism manually. You can mark the protruding shaft position with a piece of tape or white-out to monitor if it is still running at all.
With the grill removed, try to remove as much of the dust bunnies from the coils as possible since this prevents the lower fan from getting air onto the coils to disperse the heat from the coils.
Posted on Oct 08, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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