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Refrigerator not getting cold because of the buildup of lint on the coil. Can this be fixed?

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Yes get a coil brush try walmart or a appliance store

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My fridge motor is running constantly although I’ve set the temp control to med to warmer.
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Good luck in trouble shooting your issue. You may get lucky and just have dirt/lint buildup on your coils underneath the fridge which is pretty easy to fix yourself.

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Cooling is poor For an overall understanding of how refrigerators should work, read about refrigerators in the How Things Work section of our website. A refrigerator or freezer that is cooling, but cooling poorly, may have a problem in one of several areas:

Evaporator coils
Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no air flow over the coils, cooling in the refrigerator compartment is quite limited.

Here's an inexpensive, though inconvenient, way to determine if the problem is with the self-defrosting system. Remove all of the perishable food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn the thermostat in the refrigerator to Off, and leave the doors open for 24 to 48 hours. (Be sure to have several towels ready in case the melting frost and ice causes the drip pan to overflow). This allows the refrigerator to defrost "manually." When the frost and ice build-up has completely melted away, turn the thermostat back to a normal setting. If the refrigerator then cools properly, it indicates a problem with one of three components in the self-defrosting system:

  • The defrost timer

  • The defrost thermostat (also called the bi-metal switch)

  • The defrost heater

If it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level or the compressor. You may need to consult with a qualified appliance repair technician to further diagnose the problem

Condenser Self-defrosting refrigerators all have a set of coils and a cooling fan, usually under the refrigerator, that need to be cleaned regularly. If these coils get coated with dust, dirt or lint, the refrigerator may not cool properly. The coils may appear to be a thin, black, wide radiator-like device behind the lower kick-panel. To clean them, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source, use a refrigerator condenser brush (see the Appliance Accessories section) and your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of any lint, pet hair, etc. You may not be able to get to all of the condenser from the front, it may be necessary to clean the remainder of the condenser from the rear of the refrigerator.

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Check the compressor, condenser coils and fan on the back of the unit for lint and dirt buildup. It needs to be clean to cool properly.

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First, check the condenser coils for any lint and dirt buildup and see if the condenser fan is running fast.

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I have a Maytag MSD2433HE. Water runs out of the front whenever it tries to make ice. Also, the ice cubes are only partially formed.

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I had leaking from the freezer. Cleaned the air intake and it was plugged with dust.Turned it back on and noticed more ice buildup at drainhole. The coils at the bottom of the freezer coils were red hot. I...

It sounds like your freezer was going through the automatic defrost cycle but the water couldn't go through the plugged drain. Clean the drain so the water can go out.
The refrigerator side gets cold by the cold air that comes from the freezer, so in order to have a cold refrigerator you need a cold freezer.
After you have cleaned the drain, turn all back to original settings.
Hope this helped, let me know.
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If your fridge won't work, first check the power cord, and the reset the circuit breaker. Check for thermostat problems. It could be off or won't cool properly (too warm, too cold). If it can't be fixed with a simple adjustment, call a professional. Check for coil problems. The compressor can overheat due to dust buildup on condenser coils. If so, vacuum the coils. If there's ice buildup on evaporator coils due to bad defrost heater, call a professional. If there's a squealing sound inside the refrigerator, it's like a failing evaporator-coil fan. If so, call a professional. If there's frost buildup in the freezer, this is due to a bad defrost heater, in which case you should call a professional. Realign the water tube if it's out of position. It could cause problems with the ice maker. Replace any worn-out gaskets.

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the compressor relay is kicking off and on check to see that the fan motor is running at the compressor if so equipted, it should be running , if it is then check the coil for lint buildup remove any that you can, if it still kicks the relay off replace the relay

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