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MY Fridge stopped making ice, then the too warm light came on. I have a digital thermometer in the fridge and freezer. Freezer fluctuates between 16 and 23 degrees, most often staying around 22. Fridge 34-38. I don't hear any noises and compressor seems to cycle properly. I have cleaned the condenser? Thank you.

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  • gburg1 Aug 28, 2010

    I don't believe you understood my problem. I understand that the freezer should be about 0 degrees? I feel that the no ice problem is a result of freezer not being cold enough? All temp settings are at 9 which is the coldest.

  • gburg1 Aug 28, 2010

    I feel that the freezer is not cold enough to produce ice. All settings are at the highest setting. The condenser has been cleaned and no noses are heard. Freezer 18-24 degrees, fridge 34-38 degrees.

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Almost all refrigerators use a capillary tube system. This means that they are crically charged with freon. This basically means that evrything must be in in perfect balance on teh system for the unit to function properly.

The only thing that a consumer can really do to insure the unit to run properly is to keep the condenser coil clean. Clean it at least two or three times a year!!!!!! The condenser coil is a natural collector of particles from the air. There is nothing you can do to prevent this from happening. So, ge tin there and clean it every few months. All it takes is a brush and a vacuum cleaner or shop vac.

If this does not clear up the problem, you may have to consult a prefessional for help.

Check to see if the defrost timer is operating properly. If it is not, the evaporator can form a block of ice all the way around it. This hinders heat transfer from the freezer and, you guessed it, keep the food from freezing in the freezer.

This requires a complete overhaul of the refrigerator system ...including a new freon charge ...or possibly a new capillary tube. If the compressor oil has boiled (because of excess heat), particulates coming off the boiling oil get pumped into the system and will clog the capillary tube.

If the your compressor is still running as you say it is, you may be all right by rectifying one of the two previously explained issues. If it does not , then call a professional to fix it


Most combination units have the cooling located in the freezer compartment and use a fan to 'stir' the cold air and distribute it to the refrigerator compartment. If this fan fails, then the fridge no longer gets fed any cooled air or at least very little.
With the compressor running, hold a couple of wet fingers near the vents in the fridge that are located in the back and top. If you don't find a fairly good stream of cold air coming oout of the vents, then the fan is definitely bad.
These fans have only sleeve bearings of sintered bronze with graphite embedded in them. They can build up enough loose graphite to jam the motor shaft so the fan cannot turn any more. Sometimes, if the bearing is not too worn, you can work WD-40 or similar into them by spraying while turning the fan with a finger (power off, of course!). The WD-40 should be used to wash out the graphite from the bearing, don't expect it to really lubricate, it is a good solvent but evaporates pretty quickly. Once the fan turns easily, grasp one or more blades and move it left or right, up or down, to feel if the bearing has now too much play. If it does, replace the fan, they aren't expensive (that's why they fail).

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