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We just purchased a new upright freezer. It has been plugged in and running for six hours now and it remains hot inside. What is the problem?

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If it is a frost-free model, it may have started it's defrost cycle. Ths is only for about an half an hour or less.

It should be cold within 12 hours when set to the required temperature.

If not, please contact here again before rating - as I can suggest other options. Thanks

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Actualy, it sounds like you merely caught it right when it went into defrost cycle. If it's a non-electronic (non-chinese) model, it probably has an electro-mechanical timer for the defrost which you can manually advance until the compressor comes back on.

Otherwise, just leave it plugged in and set at the default temperatures until it comes back on of its own accord. Defrost time could be in the neighborhood of 20 - 30 minutes. This can occur 3 - 4 times in a 24 hour period.

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Refrigerator was bought 5yrs ago(brand new)it worked perfectly until then....put it in storage 4 six months...when i moved it into my house i plugged it up...can hear it on but yet to get cold....left it...

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We recently bought an upright freezer. The inside temperature remains at zero, but the outside (the sides) get intermittantly hot and then cool down. Is this normal?

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We had our Kenmore Freezer on top delivered this morning. It hasn't stopped running yet 9 hours later. Is this normal? There is a sticker inside that say to "Allow 24 hours for adjustments."

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Freezer works, fridge does not. Also the sides of the fridge are really hot but not up the top near freezer section. Fridge has recently been moved. Thanks

Warm sides are usually caused by the condenser fan which is underneath around back not running. If it's not running when the compressor runs it will cause the problem you describe. You will need to remove the cardboard backing on the back of the fridge to access the fan.

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. Make sure this fan is running. You may have to hold the door switch in for it to run. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp.
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When it was moved, was it laid down? If it was it should be stood upright for 24 hours before being plugged back in.

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If you have children or children have access to the freezer, BEWARE!!! children have been known to play or hide inside these things. THIMK! SUFFACATION! Danger!Danger!

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The drain under the evaporator is frozen/plugged.  You can take the back panel inside the freezer off and run hot water down it to thaw it out completely and this will solve your problem.

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