Older Kenmore about 20 yrs old, worked fine till yesterday. Freezer is perfect,fan motor in freezer runs fine,little to no frost build up in freezer. Fridge is not very cold, feel no air from freezer coming into fridge? Oval holes in top of fridge not plugged with ice? Where/how does cold air get into thr fridge?Thanks Gene
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Re: refridgerator not very cold
Hello Gene, The panel below the oval holes at the back of your fridge covers the evaporator coils, so they may be restricting your air flow even though you don't see ice through the oval holes there may still be ice build up on the coils. Being it's 20 years old this probably happened because either the refrigerant has leaked down over the years, or the fan may have failed (either would cause the evaporator coils in the fridge to ice over). But since your freezer is still freezing, I would clear out the fridge (shelves and all) and remove the rear cover (that covers your coils) and use a blow dryer or whatever to thaw the ice and check the fan before bothering to connect refrigerant gages and checking your pressure levels. And to answer your question, the cold air is forced past the coils from the bottom up through the oval holes via the fan/fans I mentioned above. Good Luck.
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The only place that cools in a refrigerator is the freezer. The refridgerator side stills cold from the freezer via an air duct that runs from the freezer to the refridgerator. If your fan in the freezer compartment is not working your refridgerator side will not work. To replace the fan you will need to clean out the freezer including the shelving. Then remove the back panel all you need is a phillips screw driver. When the back is replaced the fan is at the top. It is held in by two screws that go threw rubber mounts on the fan braces. You will need to remove one ground wire and two electric wires on the motor its self. Make sure to unplug the refrigerator before starting the repair. good luck
ck for a faulty defrost teminator ( amana fans will not work till they reset at a freezing tempt and if it does not reset the freezer gets cold but the fan does not blow the cold ofer to the fresh food area . the the defrost cycle takes over and this goes on and on . and the mild goes bad . so try a terminator . . if fan motor is bad it would also cause this prob .. mm
check your damper vent door located between the fridge and freezer and make sure its opening up to let cold air into the fridge,also check the evaporator fan motor and make sure its operating to blow the air around the inside of the unit
Good day, The freezer fan motor going bad, would cause all the symtoms you described. Remove it, take it to an appliance parts house, where they will be glad to test it. If bad, replace. P.S. Always replace the blade as well when replacing a GE motor.
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
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.
You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks
and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace
the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the
timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.
In the Freezer or Fridge compartment, there is the Evaporator Fan (& Motor) If the freezer is cold, the Evaporator fan motor most likely went bad. Check to see that when the compressor is running, so should be the fan motor. If not, you have to remove it & replace it. It is not an expensive repair unless you call for service on it. Make sure that you unplug the fridge when you replace the fan motor.
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.
I just went through this with my refridgerator and actually posted one of the questions. Here is what I found ........
In the freezer compartment behind the panel there is an evaporator fan which pulls cold air from the freezer and pushes it up into the refrridgerator compartment. If the fan is not working it is one of three things.. 1) there is so much frost in the fan area the fan blade is stopped and cannot push the cold air into the refridgerator compartment or the air channel is blocked. 2) there is no electricity going to the fan (usually tied to the door switch of the refirdgerator compartment, and 3) the motor is dead and will have to be replaced.
Solution to #1 - defrost but there is another problem in the "frost-free" part of the system which must be addressed or the frost will return and it will happen again in the future.
Solution #2 - check to see there is power to the fan. (most are 110VAC but some are 100VDC. Use a meter and check)
Solution #3 - If there is power, the motor is dead. Replace the motor. Be aware that AC and DC motors are different and replace per manufacture's specifications.