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HI, I HAVE AN OLDER (APPROX 20 YR OLD SIDE BY SIDE) IT BEGAN TO LOSE COOLING ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO,NOW FRIDGE SIDE IS BARELY COOLING,FREEZER IS AT ABOUT 40 DEGREES.HAVE TEMP CONTROL ALL THE WAY TO COOLEST SETTING FREEZER FAN IS WORKING,VACUUMED COILS NO CHANGE.INSULATING YODER STIPPING USED TO BE HOT, NOW NOT,CAN I REPLACE TEMP CONTROL OR YODER LINE TO FIX IT OR ARE PARTS NOT AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF AGE ? SPECS. 20.0 CUBIC FEET. MODEL # RC20LA-2A SERIAL #EV39469868.IS IT WORTH FIXING? I'D LIKE TO HOLD OFF BUYING A NEW FRIDGE RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU, STEVE

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Hi Steve,

Take a look inside the freezer behind the food and shelves. On the back panel we are looking for frost. If there is frost back there we have a defrost problem that can be fixed reasonably.

If there is no frost build up then check if the fan in the freezer is running and you can feel air blowing out of the vents on top of the freezer. I know you said the fan was running but not sure if you can feel air flow or not.
If this is not running or running and not blowing then we can fix it for a reasonable cost.

If these are not the problem the most likely suspect is that we have either a refrigerant (freon) loss or a weak compressor. Either of these would cause this unit be beyond practical repair.

Let me know what you find in the freezer.

Posted on May 12, 2010

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  • hurricane901 May 12, 2010

    HI, JUST CHECKED FREEZER, TOP SHELF FAN IS BLOWING COLD BUT NOT FREEZING AIR,THERE IS FROST ON SECOND SHELF BACK,SLOW WATER LEAK ALSO COMING FROM BOTTOM OF FREEZER. MAKER IS MAGIC CHEF. THANKS, STEVE COULD IT BE TEMP CONTROL OR YODER LINE?

  • Philip May 12, 2010

    Does it seem to run all the time or more than it use to?

  • hurricane901 May 12, 2010

    YES FREEZER APPEARS TO BE RUNNING ALL THE TIME, ALSO I DID NOTICE THE MULLION INSULATING LINE WAS NOTICABLY HOT BEFORE I LOST COOLING.

  • Philip May 12, 2010

    I think we need to take the panel off that is behind the shelves in the freezer, unplug the refrigerator prior to doing this.

    I want to see what the frost pattern looks like on the coils this will tell me a lot.


  • Philip May 12, 2010

    Steve,

    If the mullion was hot it indicates that the condenser (coils on the bottom) were very dirty or the condenser fan that cools those coils was not running. Either of these situations could damage the compressor.


  • hurricane901 May 12, 2010

    O K I'LL TRY THAT, I WON'T BE ABLE TO DO IT UNTIL THURSDAY MORNING,I'LL GET BACK TO YOU THEN WITH RESULTS,THANKS FOR YOUR HELP PHIL, STEVE

  • Philip May 12, 2010

    Sounds good, take care

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