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Fridge not cold but freezer works

I think the fan is frozen... the vent inside the fridge is iced over. Can I use a hair dryer and thaw it out?
The freezer works great on my side by side

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My freeser is working other side is not cooling the top vent getting air but not underneath


You need to thaw the ice which has clogged the passageway from the freezer to the refrigerator. To do this, you can turn off the whole unit for several hours and let everything thaw, or you can remove the panels and locate the vent(s). Melt the ice with a hair dryer, then reassemble the panels and restart the refrigerator. There is a small chance that the fan in the freezer has frozen up as well. When the refrigerator compressor runs, you should also hear a small fan in the freezer run. If not, you will need to do some investigating to find out why.

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My freezer frosted over everything because the door was not shut tight and now it will not clear.


take out all the food out of the freezer,unplug the fridge and get a hair dryer and start melting out all the ice in the freezer,then blow the hot air into the vent holes on the back wall until you don't see any more water dripping down through the slots in the back wall.turn the machine back on,open the fridge door after around 5 or 10 minutes and if you feel cold air blowing into the fridge you fixed the problem,if you don't feel cold air keep hitting the inside back wall with the hair dryer and keep blowing the hot air into the holes in the back wall.all that it does is the freezer gets cold and there's a fan behind the back wall in the freezer,the fan blows the cold air into the fridge side,if the air ducts are frozen the air can't circulate into the fridge section so you have to melt the ice out so the cold air can blow from the freezer to the fridge.good luck,if you have another fridge remove the food and unplug it and leave the doors open for a day and it will melt out.good luck

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The freezer has ice on the vents and the refrigerator is not cooling properly (54degrees).


check to make sure the fan in the freezer section is working as this pushes air into the refrigerator section... also check to see if there is frost on back panel of freezer if so you may have either the fan not working or a defrost problem... will require that you remove freezer shelves and back panel of freezer on the inside of unit... you will see the fan, a heater at the bottom of coils ,and defrost thermostat attached to the coil usually toward the top side ... check the defrost thermostat with a meter for contuinity while it has ice on it as it closes at very cold temps... remove wires from heater and thaw out coul with a hair dryer now that you have tested defrost thermostat you can thaw out and check heater for contuinity... if both good then you have a bad defrost timer... if the unit is not froze up in back panel of freezer and fan is functioning properly. then possible unit has developed a leak... not sure what vents you are referring to that have ice on but if it is what i think your describing frost/ice on back panel of freezer or between freezer and refrigerator area then either a fan has failed or you have a defrost issue...good luck to you

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Wont make ice and frozen water running down door


Your inlet tube that goes to the icemaker may be frozen. To Check: Shut off water supply to Fridge, disconnect the water line that goes to the icemaker at top back. Use a flexible item to insert in the water line connection. I used a zip tie. If the flexible item won't all the through to the ice maker, the line is frozen. Thaw out the tube from inside the freezer with a hair dryer. Re-connect everything, you now have ice . . . Solution #2: You may have to replace your "Water Inlet Valve" located at bottom right rear of Fridge. Easy to do, just follow the color codes, be sure and shut off the water.

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Need some help. have a kenmore model no 53606201 made in 6/02 that is having problems with the refrigerator. The top two shelves barely cool down. We cleaned the coils underneath, front and back (they...


Sounds like the freezer fan may not be working properly. This fan must rotate to move cold air from the freezer to the refrigerator.

This fan is probably behind an access plate in the freezer. You likely could hear it if it's running. Remove the plate and look at it to be sure. If it's not turning, you will need to replace the fan motor. These are readily available.

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You can use a hairdryer on the frozen parts.
The fridge gets its cold air from the freezer through a vent(damper) between the freezer and fridge.The fan in the freezer blows air through it. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp ..

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The frezzer freezes up and the refrigerator never gets cold. We have all the setting set correctly.


You almost certainly have a defrost system failuure. Half the time it is the heating element inside the back of the freezer. Put all your frozen food into an ice chest. Then remove the bins and racks. Unscrew the screws holding the back wall. If it is really locked up with ice, you can use a hair dryer to thaw the back wall until it comes loose. Once rremoved, you will see the entire back area locked up with ice. This must be thawed. The symptom is that the ice blocks the air from flowing thru the coils and then blowing intot he fridge. Once thawed, test the heating element with a multimeter for resistance.

Note! Was the fan running inside the freezer when you first looked inside? If not, the fan motor is probably the problem. Other things which might be the culprit include the terminator (small metal button looking thingy at the top of the coils (check for resistance only when below 38 degrees) or the timer/control board. Good luck! You may email me personally with this one at budbackeast@aol.com if that does not get your problem solved.

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Not cooling


Cooling fan, behind internal plasic panel is frozen up, happens with me regularly, self defrost function not working properly, i'm just fixing mine as I write. I have found that bottom drain hole was all full of ice also. Have cleared with anti-freeze/hot water till runs through. Take out all shelves, remove back panel, there are screws behind chrome bezel and also inde-odoriser recesses (those two square plastic covers). Unscrew plastic water chiller, be careful not to damage pipes. Remove the back platic moulding, unclipping wire connectors and cooling fan is fastened to back, it will be frozen up with ice! I use hair dryer/ de-icer to thaw, dry off as much as possible. Beware, moulding is mainly polystyrene, i.e fragile. I suspect that I keep getting problems because I didn't clear out the bottom drain hole, so it did not defrost. Tell tale sign is noisy fan (hitting ice) which eventually freezes up and stops blowing cold air which causes fridge to stop cooling, compressor still works though!

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Ice build-up around the fan making a noise.


Drain line froze.
Used hair dryer to thaw frozen line, works OK now. 01/07/09
Think the frozen drain line was caused by the light in the refrigerator not shutting off when the door closes, causing excess cooling in the freezer. Poor design on the light shutoff switch, corrected design to make permanent repair
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Jenn Air JCD2389 fridge not cold on fridge side


You have plugged the defrost drain line.This is where the water goes to in the bottom of your freezer when it goes through the defrost (removal of ice from the freezer coil) cycle. It sounds like that hole is plugged and now the water/ice has now frozen in the vent that lets air circulate down into your refrigerator compartment. What I usually do in this case is to unplug the refrigerator, empty out the freezer compartment. Usually I also end up either pulling off the back panel or the bottom panel (in the freezer compartment) Looking for that defrost drain hole and thawing it out with a heat gun (be careful of melting plastic) or actually I use a hair dryer. I can sometimes do this also by pouring small amounts of HOT tap water onto it and then sopping/absorbing it away with a sponge or dishcloth. I repeat this until I get the water to go down the drain tube.

Try it and let me know!

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