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Freezer okay, fridge warm

Dear Sirs:

My freezer teperature is fine, well below zero as I have the temperature control to maximum, but the fridge temp is at about 55-60 degrees. I started by cleaning the coils, which were filthy, but no difference after a couple of days. The refrigerator seal seems to be in fine shape with no leaks (about 4 years old), and even when taping the door tightly shut overnight there is no difference. The compressor seems to be running continuously.

I am not well-versed in refrigerator operation, but there may be a fan behind the vent holes in the back of the freezer, perhaps designed to flow air into the fridge, that may have quit. I am not positive. Even if that is true, the parts list names two fan motors, and I do not know which is which (the one at the bottom of the fridge next to the compressor is still operating fine.

There are also two holes in the top of the fridge compartment that I assume should have air flowing through them but there is not. Though I can feel some ice inside the holes when checking it out, I would not say they are completely clogged. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • kostuj Jan 30, 2008

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    Terrific help! Thank you so very much. Upon taking your advice, the frost was not covering the entire back, but there was some frost and ice in places, enough so that it was difficult to move the back around (I could not remove it all the way). I tilted it out enough to see that there was at least a bit of frost on the wires behind, and when I barely touched the fan blade with the tip of a screwdriver, it started operating on its own. Storing the freezer food is no problem, only 15 degrees outside today.



    I will wait a while to see if the fridge temperature starts to pick up (the holes in the top of the fridge compartment may still be at least partially blocked with frost/ice if air flow is supposed to circulate through them), but assuming that you solved the problem for me, I also assume you would advise me to completely shut off and dry out the unit and then restart it. My model number is Haier HTE18WAAWW-06



    Since you were so helpful with that, another nagging problem I have been having with this fridge is that the refrigerator door has become misaligned/angled so that there is now a small gap where cold air can escape even when the door is closed. The only door alignment instructions appear to affect only the smaller and lighter top freezer door and not the refrigerator door. I see no adjustment screws or similar on the other hinges. We do have a lot of weight in the door and I have been thinking that one of the hinges may have actually been bent and that I should replace it. Is that possible with this refrigerator and do you have any other suggestions?



    Once again, I am extremely grateful for your help and time. Thank you sincerely.


  • kostuj Jan 30, 2008

    Fantastic help! Thank you so very much. Upon following your advice, the back freezer wall was not thick with frost, but there were areas that had some frost/ice build-up, enough so I had trouble getting the back all the way out. I was able to tilt it enough to see a little frost on the wires, and I barely touched the fan blade with the edge of a screwdriver when the fan started operating on it own. Storing my freezer food is not a problem today, only 15 degrees outside, and I am a golfer.



    I will wait a while to see if the fridge temperature picks up (the holes in the top of the refrigerator compartment might still be at least partially plugged with frost/ice if air is supposed to be circulating through them), but assuming you have solved my problem I also assume you would recommend turning off and completely drying out the unit and restarting it. My model number is HTE18WAAWW-06.



    Because you have been so helpful, another nagging problem I have been having with this unit is that the refrigerator door has been pretty badly misaligned for some time, leaving a small gap where cold air can escape even when it is closed. The only door alignment instructions appear to affect only the lighter, smaller top freezer door. I see no other adjustment screws or similar anywhere else on the doors/hinges unless I am missing something. We do have a lot of weight in the fairly large door compartments, and I am thinking that at least one of the hinges may have actually bent and that I should replace it/them. Is that possible or common for this particular unit or can you suggest anything else in that regard?



    Again, I am extremely grateful for your help and time. You saved me at least a service call or probably ordering another fan, or perhaps even getting rid of the fridge that is only about 4 years old. I thank you sincerely.

  • gipponolan May 05, 2008

    door was taken off to get through doorwayand when repaced could not get it to realign up proprly nothing was damaged seems there must be a adjusteror some thing simple that is wrong

  • Anonymous Jun 15, 2008

    hello,



    we have a haier top freezer model HFF518W - the freezer is still working fine, but the fridge keeps getting warm. we have also noticed water dripping/running from what appear to be vents between the freezer and the fridge compartment. we have defrosted several times and it seems to work for a few days and the go back to warming up. do you hav any this suggestions.

  • jkarasek Feb 19, 2009

    The freezer is cold but the fridge is warm samething, water dripping, I tried several times to de ice, it works for awhile but goes right back to beeing warm

  • jb94513 Mar 04, 2009

    I have the Haier fridge HTE18WAAWW-05 and it has the same issues - water builds up in the metal pan/tray in the freezer, overflows into the bottom of the freezer and then freezes and blocks air flow into the fridge area below. My fridge door also appears not to seal properly, no matter what load is in the door. I think it's the seal which seems warper, rather than the door alignment. How would I know if this is the issue?

  • lvasquez11 Mar 21, 2009

    I have a HTE18WAAWW refrigerator that came with the house we just bought. We changed the door handle around and turned the temp down to 38 degrees. I am now having literally rain drops forming and dripping off the top of the fridge. Could it be the gasket?

  • lvasquez11 Mar 21, 2009

    I have a HTE18WAAWW refrigerator that came with the house we just bought. We changed the door handle around and turned the temp down to 38 degrees. I am now having literally rain drops forming and dripping off the top of the fridge. Could it be the gasket?

  • jmeara Apr 26, 2009

    Same problem with my Haier. The freezer is OK but the fridge gets too warm. I can get the fan going again but it only lasts a couple of days. I think it got over worked when something on top of the unit draped over the edge and prevented the door from sealing a few times. More than once I have found the door ajar and inside is thick frost in the back and condensation near the front. What is involved in replacing that fan motor?

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Any time the compressor is running the fan in the freezer should be running now you need to empty the freezer do you see a lot of frost on the back wall of the freezer you either have a defrost problem and frost has built up so much its stalling the fan or the fan its self is bad pull the back cover off the freezer wall and tell me what you see please also give me your model number off the serial plate which should be in the fridge section put your freezer stuff in the fridge while we check it out

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  • robert samples Jan 30, 2008

    pull the cover off the fan cover in the center of the freezer and see if the fan is plugged up then spin the blade with your finger see if it starts or some thing is jamming it

  • robert samples Jan 30, 2008

    ok you can take the top door off then remove the hinge pin in the middle and remove the lower door get some stainless steel washers that fit the lower hinge pin and start shimming the door up till the gap is filled put Vaseline on the washers and the top and bottom of the door bushings now after you put the bottom door back on put some kind of block to act as a spacer on the fridge door at the part where the handle is about 1-1/2 thick then put the freezer door on and tighten the upper hinge and remove the spacer also spray the evaporator fan with wd 40 dont forget my rating it helps with the site

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I am having a defrost problem there is a tray that is filling with ice and it spills over and makes the air vents fill with ice, and no air is able to get through. the fan works fine and it get really cold, but doesn't get the fridge cold

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SOURCE: freezer okay, fridge warm

May need defrosting, so do that, and also unplug the unit for 9 minutes, as this should reset anything that might have affected the problem. Check with Kenmore customer service department on how long the unit takes to get to a set temperature after resetting and consult your manual on your warranty options.

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SOURCE: freezer okay, fridge warm

i suspect a faulty defrost heater/thermostat or defrost timer. any other questions you can e-mail me @ hvac.tech7872pr@gmail.com

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SOURCE: My freezer teperature is fine, well below zero as

You have already dianosed the problem. Now take that cover off in the freezer and see if you can get that fan to work, it is your problem and you can replace it IF it is bad or lube it's bushings and see if it will work a few more years. (use 3 in 1 oil) Gook luck!

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