Inside refrigerator strip between the freezer and refrigerator
Inside the refrigerator, the strip between the freezer and refrigerator compartment is hot to touch. The freezer and refrig seem to be cooling just fine, but if you reach into the refrigerator, the inside fromt edge is hot (not warm) -- hot enough to make you **** your arm away
Re: Inside refrigerator strip between the freezer and...
It sounds like you have a short in the socket try to plug in another socket than see if it cools
if not than there is a short in the Refrigerator wire you will have to replace the wire or the unit its self
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Check for a draft connecting main body to freezer body, theory is air compression transfer from main compartment to the (smaller) freezer compartment. also a quick fix would be to add more magnet strip or bare the metal that makes contact to the magnet strip that seals the door, if its a latch, Inspect the surface area that locks the latch to mount. Draft checking is achieved by blowing a fan into the smaller compartment, vice versa and having strands of string hanging around in the opposite compartment, if the string nudge indicates an air passage point. Also, check the level of the fridge, if the fridge is uneven (assuming the front is tilted downward) the momentum of the door closing will push the fridge backwards and whip it forward effectively opening the freezer door.
If the refrigerator compartment light does not come on but the refrigerator is cooling, make sure the light switch inside the refrigerator compartment or freezer compartment is not stuck in the closed position.
The light switches (on some models) are located on the ceiling inside the freezer compartment or on the outer wall inside the refrigerator compartment. I usually try flicking the switch or unjamming it with a small pin.
The fan blower and/or heater assembly has failed leading to ice build up inside. However it could be more simple 'cos the drain from the freezer to the pan under the refrigerator is plugged up -
most likely with ice. You can see this drain line behind the refrigerator. When
the freezer goes through an automatic defrost this drain line is used to get the
water out of the freezer. Try a thorough manual defrost to see if the line opens
up - you will have quite a bit of water in the tray underneath and it might
overflow. That is probably all you will have to do to fix this problem. Basically three things to look for: clogged drain, bad defrost timer, bad mullion heater
Check the seal strip around the freezer door and if it's tight enough to give resistance to a 2 inch strip of paper all the way around, check the back of the unit. Sometimes, mice will climb up the tubes and eat a hole through the insulation, into the freezer. This allows room air to constantly enter the freezer, along with the humidity.
FIRST STEP: UNPLUG THE REFRIGERATOR. AFTER IT'S UNPLUGGED, DO THE FOLLOWING:
Remove the food from the freezer compartment and place inside the refrigerator temporarily.
Remove the bottom panel and back panel from inside the freezer compartment. You will probably notice that the bottom of the inside of the freezer is covered in ice. Use hot water (not boiling) from the tap and pour it on to the ice that is formed on the inside of the freezer compartment to melt the ice.
CAUTION: DO NOT USE A HEAT GUN TO MELT THE ICE AS IT WILL MELT THE INSIDE OF THE FREEZER COMPARTMENT. ALSO DO NOT CHOP AT THE ICE WITH A SHARP INSTRUMENT OF ANY KIND AS THIS WILL PUNCTURE AND DESTROY THE INSIDE OF THE FREEZER.
If you have a wet vac, you can remove the melted water using the wet vac. Or you can use a towel to mop up the excess water. You will still have to pour hot water onto the ice until all of the ice in the freezer is melted. Patience is key as it takes time to defrost all of this ice.
You will see a drain hole in the back of the freezer compartment that is still clogged with ice. You will need to continue to apply hot water until the ice has completely melted.
Note: When the ice in the drain breaks free, you will see all of the water disappear as it empties out. In Whirlpool refrigerators, the water runs to a tray underneath the refrigerator. You will hear the water empty out into that tray. Then you will know that you have completely cleared the ice from the drain pipe in the freezer. To double-check this, take a small cup of warm water and dump it into the drain hole and you will see it visibly disappear and run into that tray underneath the refrigerator.
Replace the freezer panels back into the freezer compartment and plug it back in and return your freezer items back in to the freezer and you should be all set.
Hi, Is this a wwhirlpool brand fridge?
The drain is plugged in the freezer section. If I could get model #,I can get you ezact instructions.
If the floor panel in the freezer has screws holding it in, remove the fllor panel. Now you will need to remove the rear panel inside the freezer as well.
If this is a Whirlpool brand, there is an after market drain heat strip that you will need to add to the defrost heater.
Please let me know if I can assist you further.
Not an original solution - but a good one. Remove panels at the back of the freezer compartment to expose the heater unit or heater wire that defrosts the freezer coils and wrap a solid copper wire gently around the heater/ heater wire and place the loose end in the drain. This will conduct heat to the freezer drain and help keep it open. I did see a manufactured part in one of the appliance parts websites but it did not match my unit.
Solution Found! The problem is when the temperature surrounding the
refrigerator in the garage falls to < 45 degrees, the thermostat
regulating the refrigerator will not call for the compressor to kick in
to provide cooling (it's temperature requirements are being met). Since
there is no demand, the compressor will not cycle, which is how the
freezer is kept cold, and the freezer eventually warms up to match the
refrigerator temperature. Frigidaire makes a "Cold Kit" that I ordered
and installed from RepairClinic.com for $22 (Item
#: 1037646; Description: Garage kit). It's basically a strip heater
that runs off the control power to warm the thermostat and causes the
compressor to cycle once to twice a day to keep the freezer frozen.
After installation, the refrigerator stays at 40-45 and the freezer
stays around 0 degrees.