I own a side by side. The freezer is working and making ice, but the other side (fridge side) is not cooling. What can I do? And had a repairman replace two items the last time inside the freezer. Some kind of timer and I think heating thing this was two or three years ago. Could it have gone bad again?
I have the same problem with 2001 model year. Door wasn't opening between freezer and refrigerator until I unplugged and replugged the control motor. The freezer is working fine with no evidence of frost anywhere. I cleaned the filters and the compressor after removing the bottom rear panel. Where are those parts you mentioned that you had to replace located? Thanks. Aeroman42
I rolled the frig forward enough so I could unplug the power cord from the outlet. Then
I removed the freezer back panel and found the evaporator coils completely encased in frost. I used hot water in a 20 ounce sqeezable water bottle to remove the caked frost from the coils. I used the back panel as a chute to route the water into a large square bucket I placed on the floor right in front of the freezer. I then disconnected the defrost heater and checked continuity with my meter on the Rx1 scale. Meter needle did not move when connected across the heater indicating that the heater was bad. Called the local parts supplier and gave them the numbers off the old part. They had it in stock for $27.31 so went and picked it up, plugged it in, put in the mounting screws, replaced the freezer back panel, and plugged the frig in. I turned both the freezer and frig thermostats to their normal position. Four hours after my better half got all the food back in the freezer and the frig, the temperature in the refrigerator was 36 degrees.
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The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp. The problem could be the electronic control if you have one or the mechanical linkages.
Check temp. settings the freezer knob controls thermostat settings, set it about one third of the scale.
The fridge knob, (set it half way) controls a door actuator that lets cold air blown by the little fan in freezer go from evaporator (the one that gets iced up) to the fridge, so, the little fan in freezer is the one in charge of making your fridge work. CHECK FAN, it should come on when you open freezer door for a couple of minutes, it must sound strong, and if you put your hand in front of one of the fridge's air vents you should feel cold air coming out, if no or weak breeze comes out, check passages for obstrucion, if none, replace motor, (about 20 at your hardware store)
I assume your mechanic already checked thermostat and defrost operation, because, if your timer is right, the defrost mechanism will de-ice the evaporator about four times a day.
I don't think the darkness is related to the fridge not being cool.
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper)
between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through
it.There is a flap you adjust with the
fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the
fridge temp OR ..
If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer
are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of
cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.
check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In
most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board.
If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control. How to check
If the frozen side is colder than normal and some extra frost is forming where the fan blows,and there is ice in the bottom of freezer compartment, and the cool side is not cool enough, their is a good possability the defrosting unit is not removing all the frost and ice . the defrosting unit has a timer (usually near thermostat) that turns off the cooling fan and compressor and turns on a small heater around the evaporator ( about 20 minutes every 2 days) (evaporaror is cold heat exchanger coil inside the back wall behind a cover near the recirculating fan0, the fan circulates air to both compartments through two small openings, if these openeing are closed by ice buildup cool air can not circulate to the cool side. cure 1. remove all food and leave fridge off for 24 hours with doors open (take precautions to ensure children can't get locked in side and suffocate, if you get a qt of water in bottom of unit (may leak on floor) ice buildup that the defrost heater can not remove melted and was your problem . turn frig on replace food on unit. cure 2. turn frig off, remove food from both sides, remove shelves that block access to evaporator, remove cover over evaporator if you see the evaporator coils free of ice look at openings (2) to other side, one may be blocked with ice the other with frost, carefully melt ice with hair dryer.
If the evaporator coil is solid ice heater or timer or fan has failed. good luck
Just additional clues..(general). The defrost timers (on non-electronic) usually located at the bottom (underneath), have a tendency to fail. (One of mine is in the center, one was on the left side) There are usually about 5 wires connected to it. If it fails while defrosting.. the fridge will warm quickly and stop cooling, if it fails in cooling mode, you will have the icing up problem. (other) A squealing noise is usually a fan motor. -also- (Freon issues)..as freon is lost from a small leak, first the freezer will actually get colder, but the refrigerator section may be too warm (I know it sound stupid). When enough is lost the compressor will get hot and the fridge will not cool.