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3 year old Frigidaire just quit cooling. Temperature controls are set properly. Gaskets are good. No ice is built up. Both fans are operating. Coils were cleaned a couple months ago and are still very clean. Refrigerator is level. Compressor shuts off when thermostat is turned off and comes on when when turned back up. No strange noises or smells. Just the fact that it does not produce cold.

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  • jyu9ef2yvp Nov 13, 2010

    already pulled the panel in the back of the freezer and that is why I stated that there is NO frost or ice built up. there is nothing there. it is not even cold. and there is nothing that is blocking the fan in any way.

  • jyu9ef2yvp Nov 13, 2010

    so I need a whole new refrigerator?

  • jyu9ef2yvp Nov 13, 2010

    this being only a 3 year old unit and not having any issues up until now. How did it lose Freon? Is there a leak of some kind? Why did it just decide it was low?

  • jyu9ef2yvp Nov 13, 2010

    what kind of smell would I get from a leak?

  • jyu9ef2yvp Nov 13, 2010

    what kind of smell would I get from a leak?

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Hi, the most common fridge "not cooling" problem is a frost free failure. Remove the access panel in the freezer section to expose the evaporator coils. If the coils in the freezer section get plugged up with frost, this frost will block the evaporator fan motor from blowing the cold air around. The fan blade can also hit this frost and either become noisy or stop altogether. Locating the defrost timer can be tricky....they are often hidden behind the back bottom corners of the fridge at the bottom, in the last few years the timers have been located in the ceiling of the fresh food section, and some behind the cold control cover. Once you locate the defrost timer, slowly turn the screw like wheel in the middle of the defrost timer with a straight screwdriver until the fridge shuts off. You are now in defrost. If the defrost heater(s) comes on now, replace the defrost timer and defrost thermostat. If the heater(s) does not come on, you can ohm test the defrost heater for continuity or volt test for 120 volts to the heater(s). If you have no power to the defrost heater(s) you can also bypass the defrost thermostat to see if the defrost heater will come on, join the 2 wires together to bypass the defrost thermostat. If the heater now comes on, replace the defrost timer and defrost thermostat. If the heater itself is bad, defrost the fridge with a hair dryer, replace the defrost heater* and defrost thermostat. If the defrost timer seems "hot" to the touch or is noisy ( like a ticking or screeching noise )...replace it.

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  • Tunde Autos
    Tunde Autos Nov 13, 2010

    Well, it seems the compressor is lacking freon.....

  • Tunde Autos
    Tunde Autos Nov 13, 2010

    No, all you need do is refill the compressor with freon..

  • Tunde Autos
    Tunde Autos Nov 13, 2010

    To be on a safer side, call in a service technician to carry out a physical check up on the refrigerator before doing anything because from all what you have said on the refrigerator, it sounds complicated but i believe it has to do with freon..

  • Tunde Autos
    Tunde Autos Nov 13, 2010

    There are two types of refrigerant used by automotive manufactures. The "old" style R-12, known by the brand name, "Freon." This is a completely non-flamable gas, that has no smell whatsoever. Then there is the "new style" R-134a , tetraflouroethane refrigerant, that is also non-flamable. R-134a has a strong, unique odor, that does not smell at all like propane. However, there are some substitute refrigerants on the market that do contain propane, butane, and all kinds of other explosive substances.

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