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Wide by side refirgertor side not getting cold

But we don't see frost on coils - freezer iscold though perhaps not fully since we have both settings very high

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  • Pavel May 11, 2010

    When you opened the cover, was the compressor running? Did it run while the door was open? Did it click and NOT run?
    The unit could have been in defrost mode at that time. Was there some water in the drip pan?
    If the compressor was running and no frost was on the coils, especially near the top, then cooling is not sufficient.

    The condenser coils need to be able to dissipate the heat, so an EXCEPTIONAL build-up of dust, dirt, and grime can hinder this. Most likely, that model has a condenser fan (condenser coil underneath), it needs to run when the condenser is hot.

    The compressor, when running properly can be very warm, but it should not be HOT as to burn. If it is too hot, or it clicks and does not run, or it runs for a few seconds then turns off, then you really need a service technician to come out. The compressor relay or the compressor is probably bad (hope for the relay).

    Coolant leaks (need to recharge the system) tend to be very rare on newer units, but it does happen. I would not suggest you try to add coolant, and its usally a quick-fix anyhow.

    Really the bottom line: If it can make ice, but the fridge is warm, then you need make room for the air to move around and into the fridge section.


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Remember, the control for the cold food refrigerator is merely a vent control.

If you can get no frost on the coils while the compressor is running, you then look at the condenser then the compressor (coolant charge).

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