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Whirlpool Designer Style Refridgerator Model # E8220KXFW01

Freezer is not cold. It is approximately 20 degrees F. Food that was previously frozen is remaining frozen with the exception of the Ice cream and ice packs stored in the door. Vents and returns are not blocked. I cleaned and dusted the exterior of the fridge and the interior of the freezer and I can hear the motor running. I can also feel cold air blowing into the freezer. Any ideas on what the problem may be?

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  • tiredandpoor Jan 12, 2008

    I tried defrosting the fridge. I emptied it and shut it off for 24 hours. I then turned it back on and waited another 24 hours. The freezer now ranges from 30 degrees to 50 degrees according to the thermometer I put in the freezer. Any other suggestions?

  • tiredandpoor Jan 13, 2008

    - Thermostat is at the coldest setting

    - Location of unit is the same location as the last ten years (not hot and well ventilated)

    - Outlet is ok, same outlet as last ten years.

    Maybe refrigerant has leaked out, although the refrigerator section stays at the proper tempature. I guess it's time to call the "qualified technician" Thanks for your help.

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Check the condensor coils in the base - probably choked full of dust and lint. RTFM!

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Maybe there some ice formation in the evaporator, try to defrost the unit.

Posted on Jan 09, 2008

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    Felizardo Erilla Jan 12, 2008

    - Check the thermostat setting if it is manual it should be set at the cold and for digital setting it should be set at negative 18deg C or lower .
    - Check the location of the unit if will ventilated, hot location of the unit can effect the operation.
    - Check also the outlet of the unit ac outlet if not loose , loose outlet can cause the tripping of the compressor.
    If all of the above are ok then you need a qualified technician to check the unit. May your unit have leaking and all refrigerant escapes. Or the system is restricted, this works need a qualified technician.







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