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Side by side refer.Cold air only in the bottom half of the fridge and freezer,nothing in the top half.Removed panel on back wall of freezer plastic fan is working.

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  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    side by side fridge.only have cold air middle down in both the freezer and fridge.warm middle up

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Whirlpool side by side,only cold middle down in both freezer and fridge. Does this sound like defrost timer.

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Hi,

When you pulled the panel off and looked at the fan in the freezer was the coil below that frozen up solid with frost?

Posted on Jun 03, 2010

  • hughes_bobby Jun 04, 2010

    It was not frozen.

  • Philip Jun 04, 2010

    Hi,

    Thank you for the information. If it was not frozen up then it would not be a defrost timer problem. Since you are getting only partial cooling in the bottom of both and the fan is running we only have a couple of things that could be causing this.

    The first thing we could have is a short cycling issue with the compressor. Check the coils below the refrigerator and the fan in back. What we are looking for is how hot they are and if the fan is running below to keep them cool. If they are very hot then that may be the problem, clean them good and make sure the cooling fan is running in the back bottom of the unit.

    If these coils are warm and not hot or room temperature we have a problem with the sealed system most likely. This would typically be a refrigerant (freon) leak, or a weak compressor, either of which would need a professional to make repairs.

    Let me know if you have questions.



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I found the same problem you're having in a blog on a website, and their problem was a burned out defrost control board. It's probably an inherent weakness with this model, since it's happening to more people than just yourself. The blog talks about using a surge protector, etc., however, having been in the electrical field for all my life, I would say the fault is probably with a slightly under-rated control board. Check the board for any burned parts, wiring, etc. Chances are that it's the culprit.
Here's the blog:
http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/refrigerator-freezer-repair/91403-frigidaire-side-side-not-cooling-freezing-top-half-only.html
Here is a blog where the tech explains that the board can be cleaned off and restored. The explanation is near the bottom of the blog, but the scenario fits the problem you're having.
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=printpage;topic=5178.0
The defrost control board is going to be the problem, but maybe it just needs a good cleaning, which can restore it. Good luck, and hope this helps.

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  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Mine is a Whirlpool not Fridgadaire

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Does the refer brand have anything to do with your answer?

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Are you still there?

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They most common cause of this is that the Defrost timer is defective, the timer on most models is located in the front under the plastic grille at bottom of fridge, below is a typical timer location diagram.


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Posted on Jun 02, 2010

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  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    I see no defrost timerin bottom front of fridge,maybe somewhere else.

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    I also noticed some mold on the freezer side of the unit mostly middle up.

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    yadayada Jun 02, 2010

    As i said it is a "Typical" spot, go to this web site www.repairclinic.com put in your make and model number and look up the defrost timer, there will be a diagram

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Would the defrost timer effect the ice maker

  • yadayada
    yadayada Jun 02, 2010

    no thte ice maker is another very expensive problem, does it provide cold water.

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    only at the dispensor in the door

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Thats right

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    yadayada Jun 02, 2010

    best thing to do is replace the ice maker as a unit assembly

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Ok but the ice maker dosen't have anything to do with my original problem,right.

  • yadayada
    yadayada Jun 02, 2010

    the ice maker is a whole separate issue as i already stated. based on my experience i wouldn't waste the $200-$300 to fix it.

  • yadayada
    yadayada Jun 02, 2010

    may i ask what answer are u looking fior here?

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    I want cold air throughout my fridge.The ice maker isn't important.

  • hughes_bobby Jun 02, 2010

    Are you still there?

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    yadayada Jun 04, 2010

    You asked for expert help I gave you the most common part that causes your symptoms, the defrost timer, if u want to use this appliance anytime soon suggest you try that. Thanks

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