Frig section not cooling and at time appears to stop but freezer is ok
Regarding a Maytag SxS model MSD2756DEW - Although the freezer section seems to working properly, the frig section does not get cool at times and even appears to stop. There are some sounds at times when the refrig appears to start running but not sure if it's a clicking sound. It sounds somewhat like metal being hit and goes on for 5 seconds or so. When the frig decides to stop working, the air duct at the top does not produce any cold air in the frig and in the freezer section there appears to be frost/icing on the top part where the ice maker is (and where the freezer meets the frig). Also, the "temperature control" does not seem to accurately reflect the setting. When the frig stops working, there is no tension to slide the lever to the right for a colder setting but there's a lot of tension to slide the lever to the left especially below #5. We thought the issue occured when the ice maker was turned on but we are not sure. Can anyone help us? I've had a repairman come by but unfortunately the frig started working the day he dropped by. He couldn't diagnose the problem and said it might be a dirty condenser or a compressor...
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Re: Frig section not cooling and at time appears to stop...
There is one compressor, condenser and evaporator in all refrigerators. The part that makes the cold inside the unit is the evaporator. It's in the freezer, behind a barrier on the back wall. It's a "coil" with many small fins. There is a fan that blows air over the evaporator which makes the air cold. This air comes from the freezer and stays in the freezer. The cold food section (the refrigerator) has a control that opens a hole for air to pass from the freezer to the fridge. This being said...you can rule out the "temperature control" for the fridge.
The sound you hear could be the compressor relay, the evaporator fan or maybe something else. It could be bad, it could be not too bad. (Like a fan blade a bit unbalanced with dust)
OK,,, back to the evaporator. There is a little heater next to the coil that turns on every 8 hours or so to defrost the coil. That's called the "defrost cycle". Makes sense, no? If the defrost timer (common problem) or defrost control board (common problem) go bad, your evaporator coil freezes up, and that's not good for anything in your refrigerator. But it can often keep the freezer section cold. You can easily disassemble the evaporator cover in the back of the freezer and take a look. If it looks like a block of ice, you probably have a defrost issue. An even, thin coat of frost is OK, but lots of ice is a no no.
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If you have a sxs refrigerator then you have an issue with the damper door/switch not letting cool air from the freezer section to the refrigerator section. If you have a top mount freezer refrigerator unit, then you have a problem with the top venting system from the cabinet's ceiling.
When the freezer section gets cold and reaches its required cooling temperature, after that the frost on freezer section starts defrosting and the cooling fan in the freezer section blows this cool air from freezer to fridge. But if the defrost cycle does not start then over ice will get collected on freezer ventilations and that will block the air passing section from freezer to fridge, so the freezer gets cool but fridge section does not cool. ---------------
Its defrost problem. Try manual defrost by unplugging the refrigerator from main power outlet for 24 hours then reconnect it and check, if the same problem is noticed again,. If yes then its defrost board problem. The defrost board located in the back of fridge section. You can get required parts from www.repairclinic.com or from online sears part site. ------------- Thank you.
If your freezer is frosting up, fresh food section is warm: bad fan motor,defrost drain stopped up and forming slab of ice between the freezerand the fresh food section. Check heaters andterminator(defrost thermostat) unplug the ice box and let it defrostcompletely. Clear objects from drain. Check timer. Note to find thelocation of your timer look up your model number online here: APPLIANCEPARTSPROS.COM. Check under the bottom for the fan motor to be running and the cobwebs, dust, dirt, and pet hair, off the condenser coils. If the fanunderneath has quit then the ice box won't get cold. BASIC REFRIGERATION REPAIR MANUAL
This problem appears in spades this time of year, every year.
The problem becomes more severe when the temperatures in the house cools down and is made even worse if the usage of the machine becomes lighter.
It occurs when the machine is off, not on.
There is an open vent, near the bottom, between the freezer compartment and the fresh food compartment. This opening or vent is necessary when the machine is running, so that the air pumped into the top of the fresh food section, can return to the freezer compartment. This is by design.
When the machine is off, the zero degree air from the freezer compartment. can drift into the fresh food compartmnet and drop the temps near the bottom to below freezing.
Off time increases substantialy at this time of year.
Some have even recommended turning the controls colder to offset the problem, but I've no proof it works well, or even a little.
SXS and top freezer models experience it more than bottom freezer models.
Check to see if there is any frost buildup in
the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not defrosting as it should.
bad defrost timer
bad defrost heater (in freezer)
bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice
melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if
is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above
if you already checked this and think
it is a different problem then let me know, i will help you figure it out.
If the defrost timer is malfunctioning, and I think that unit has a mechanical timer, causing the defrost to cycle slower than it should, then yes... the coil can freeze not allowing air to pass through until the next defrost. One of the first things a repairman should check is the defrost circuit if the coil is frozen. Many times you would not notice unless you open the door alot or your freezer is quite full.
Marc of Nc. check to make sure the fan in the freezer is operating when the compressor is on. The only thing the fresh food section gets its cool air from is the freezer. and if the fan is not operating no cold air will get up there. If the fan is running you need to make sure the air duct is not blocked with frost of the evaporator is not iced up. Check that out and get back with me if there still is a problem. Good Luck