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Frig side by side problem

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

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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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