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Re: MY FRIDGE WONT COOL ENOUGH?!!!
In all cases the refrigerator never just needs a charge. If you freon has leaked out then you have a leak and would have to repair the leek and then refill the freon. Since this is very rarley the case lets look for something else. Your fridge should have a thermostat that tells the compressor when to run and when to stop. If you set the temp control to a lower setting and it still does not get cold enough you may have one of the following 3 things.
1. You condenser fan motor has stopped running. This is the fan that would pull air across the compressor and coils near the compressor.
2. Your coils were dirty,
3. and most likely since you say the others were fine. Your temperature control thermostat is bad. Most new beverage dispencers have a control board with a temperature sensor that plugs into it. Send me your model number and I will look and see which one yours takes. You may just need the sensor, or you may need the control board also.
One more thing, the tech should have given you an explanation of the problem. Or he should have not charged you anything. If you still have the problem call the tech back out. If he is not able to do the job find a professional who will be able to solve your problem. It is sometimes a good idea to call the manufacturer and ask them who is the best in your area to complete the repairs correctly. If you just want to buy the sensor and/or the control please let me know and I will be happy to give you prices and availability. I do have almost every part known to mankind in stock and ready to ship if needed.
I hope this will FixYa.
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Hi Kim, Before you check out the link below, Read about your refrigerator not cooling?Is your older or newer model refrigerator plugged in, getting power, the lights are on inside but the fridge will not cool and the freezer won't freeze? If your refrigerator or freezer has suddenly stopped cooling and the freezer won't freeze, we have multiple solutions for you.If you hear a clicking sound coming from the back of your refrigerator/freezer, then the problem is most likely the compressor is overheating or not getting proper power and will not start. The compressor is the component on your refrigerator that allows your refrigerator to cool. If this component is not working properly your refrigerator will stop cooling. Most of the time the compressor is not the component that has failed.
It could be as stated originally that it may be the thermostat. That was my problem. I had a Sears 18 cu top freezer. The thermostat was located behind the metal panel in the freezer. Take the panel off and it should be a round little metal cup that has 2 wires going to it. It was a cheap part, under $10. Just cut the wires, splice in and good to go. There are some pretty good videos on you tube for trouble shooting.
Phillip: According to FamilyHandyman.com: "free up the condenser fan. Coils on the back of a fridge create their own airflow as they heat up. Models with coils underneath have a fan to push air through them. Dust buildup can slow the fan; wads of paper or other trash can stop it altogether."
Does the compressor shut off when the fridge reaches 55deg? The compressor is the small black motor 'tank' connected to the copper lines. If you can't feel it vibrating or warming up then it's off.
If it stays on and continues to attempt to cool the refrigerator then you need to check the Condenser coils, these are copper coils of tubing usually located on the back of the unit near the ground. They need to be free of all dust and grease to work at maximum efficiency and it is recommended to clean them every 6 to 10 months. If they are or have recently been cleaned then make sure the inside fan (if there is one) isn't being blocked by anything and make sure there is adequate airflow throughout the refrigerator.Also you need to make sure the copper coils behind the fan aren't freezing up either. If none of these seem to be the problem then you may have a refrigerant leak and you need a certified technician to take a look at it.
How to check
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
If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer
are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of
cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.
check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In
most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board.
If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.
You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks
and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace
the timer. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the
timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.
Check if the fan is working. If it is ok you may want to check the coils at the back of the freezer. If there is ice, have it melted and cleaned. If there is none have it cleaned regardless. If that does not solve it there could be an issue with the thermostat. Make sure than when cleaning the entire fridge is also cleaned out.
Sounds like coolant is low in the system. Most fridges use a sealed system with refridgerant.
You may be able to have a sears guy or some other applicance house call repairman come and recharge it.
Also.. check that there is enough clearance around the fridge and that dust isn't clogging up the heat transfer pipes (that grid on the back.. or below the fridge) These guys need a lot of airflow to remove heat.
If the compressor comes on, then it is most likely working, unless it makes a loud humming noise. However, if it makes a clicking noise, it could have a bad relay. If the compressor gets too hot, it will shut itself off on overload until it's cool enough to run again, which is usually long enough to defrost your food.
You may have a problem in your sealed system. If this is the case, there may be a refrigerant leak somewhere. If this is the case, you should have a technician come out. Your sealed system should be covered under warranty if your refrigerator is under 5 years old.
Please let me know if you have any other questions about this.