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Re: the Frigidaire Gallery freezer has ice build up...
#1. DEFROST TIMER stuck or defective. Not allowing DEFROST CYCLE to occur. Most probable.
#2. THERMOSTAT (cold control) has gone bad.
#3. CIRCULATING FAN. It pulls air from the FREEZER side into the REFRIGERATED side.
#4. and lowest in probability. LOW (leaking) coolant charge.
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If your freezer is cold then you may have a defrost cycle issue. There are typically three components for the defrost cycle. Heater bar, thermostat and timer. If the defrost system fails ice starts to build up in the back of the freezer until it prevents cold air from getting into the fridge. When I took off the back panel inside my freezer it was a block of ice. You can melt the ice with a hair dryer and order new parts.
Generally the thermostat that turns on and off the compressor is in the freezer and so is the coils. The control knob that is in the refrigerator section is just to adjust the air flow between the two sections. If the air flow is blocked you don't get cooling in the refrigerator section. This could be a bad fan motor not creating circulation, ice blockage because the defrost cycle is not melting away ice accumulation. If it's defrost problems it could be timer, defrost thermostat, or heater element.
I guess you are talking fahrenheit temperature?
This is ok for the freezer.
The problem could be;
\ ducting blocked restricting air flow
\ evaporator fan not working
\ ice build up on the evaporator blocking air flow
You will need to get a technician to look at this problem for you
Refrigerator or freezer is not cold enough check this part:
* Check the temperature setting * Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the refrigerator or freezer * Check for air flow restrictions in vents * Test the temperature control * Clean the condensor coils * Check the door seals * Test the door switch * Test defrost heater * Test defrost timer * Test evaporator fan * Check for a clogged drain tube * Check for refrigerant leak
* Check the temperature setting * Assure that there is enough room for air flow in the freezer or freezer * Check for air flow restrictions in vents * Test the temperature control * Clean the condenser coils * Check the door seals * Test the door switch * Test defrost heater * Test defrost timer * Test evaporator fan * Check for a clogged drain tube * Check for refrigerant leak
ice build up means your refrigerator is not going through defrost cycle. you have ice build up on evaporator which restricts your cold air flow into the fresh food side. check defrost timer, defrost thermostat located on evaporator behind the wall where your getting frost. check defrost heater. it wraps under the evap.
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer--it could be that there is ice build-up restricting air flow from the freezer. See if you can see any ice there...Is it possible to defrost the whole unit for several hours (even over night)?
This is a problem that the factory has released a bulletin on.They have released new hinges, and insulation for inside the door. So far I've only seen the bulletin for Kenmore upright freezers made by Frigidaire. Since it is a Kenmore the bulletin is a Sears Service Flash but the units are identical. For sears its SF46-517. They may extend the service to Frigidaire units but you'll have to contact Frigidaire about that.