Seems like a fairly common problem with many different causes. In this case the freezer works fine, I can hear the fan running, but no cold air is coming out of the Fridge area, unless that is, the freezer door is open, then wonderful cold air rushes out of the output.
Is there an air intake somewhere that is clogged causing this problem?
We just had this problem and were about to use this message as a help, but as we emptied out the freezer, the frig started working again! There was just too much stuff crammed in up against the back of the freezer. This cause too much ice build up and this casused the frig to stop working. thanks.
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Re: Fridge not cooling
Sure is you nailed it, behind the lower crisper drawer is air retunr make sure nothing covering those. removing back panel of freezer will also show problem, id assume iceis building up on either side. remove ive and refrig is restored. make sure doors are sealong sounds like warm aire getting in somehow
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See or hear if the fan inside is working. Im not conversant with your model. Some units have 2 fans , 1 in the freezer and 1 in the fridge. Some only have1 , which will be in the freezer only. If the fan fails, the fridge cannot blow cold air into the food compartment. Generally, when an evaporator fan fails, the fridge doesn't get cold and the freezer overfreezes causing an excess ice buildup in the freezer.
Most will tell you the freon is bad. but i have found in most cases the freezer works but fridge doesnt.. I have found the solution to be a bad cooling fan on the fridge it self. if the fan is not cooling the fridge will not cool. You could pull the fridge out and see if you can see the fan turn it on hi and when the fridge kicks in see if the fan or fans are working.. dust can cause them to slow or stop.
Try this test. Set a window fan behind the fridge to constantly blow air across the lower coils at the floor. If the fridge works well after a while of this, then the lower fan on the fridge needs replaced. Sometimes though, after a while, the fan will finally start working again because the cycle has finally corrected itself with the test. Leave the window fan run on low for a few days before removing it. The hum you hear is the compressor moving the coolant and is supposed to do the hum sound. That's good. Now once the fridge is working, and you still have a good freezer section and not cool enough below in the fridge for you, there is a knob that sets the cool lower by opening flaps under the freezer to let more cold down to the fridge area. Set this knob to colder and the flaps will open more.
i think you have to check to make sure that the fan inside the freezer is cycling on. it will be concealed of course but you should be able to hear it. i replaced one once with the same symptoms and that fixed fridge portion of a 2002 or 3 whirlpool. make sure to listen closely and not mistake it for the stronger fan motor which operates in conjunction with and nearby the compressor.
possibly frosted up at the air door between the fridge and freezer, or the fan in the freezer is not pushing cold air into the fridge side, if you can not hear a fan running in the freezer when the fridge is running (compressor on) then change out the fan
If top is compleatly warm it is probley the fan motor, lot of failures on them. Replacement one will be a different looking motor. Verify motor is not turning, located in the back of the freezer in the top middle, behind small grill. Will see fan blade pointed up, should run whenever compressor is on.
3 most common things that cause this are a defrost problem (will notice frost build up on back freezer panel), bad evaporator fan motor (should hear fan running in the freezer), or bad damper (vent to the fridge section). If no frost and fan is running check for air flow out of the vent. It should be at the top of the fridge section.
DO you have a thermometer to check the temp in both sections?
MY first guess at the temp problem is that the fan has quit OR the vent betwen the freezer and the fridge is blocked. I bet on the fan being bad.
Open the fridge door and hold in the little switch that operates the light. YOu should hear a fan running . If not, then the fan is kaput..