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I have a kitchenaid KSCS25INSS01 that's 5 years old. Like other posts the metal strip between the fridge and freezer compartments is extremely warm. I've tried vacuuming and blowing out the coils. The fan doesn't stop running. The temp in the fridge seems fine and the freezer is a little warm. Any ideas? Control panel? Condenser? Gas?

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  • robert_ma534 Apr 07, 2011

    The temp was holding steady at 37'F in the fridge and 21/22'F in the freezer. I thought I would check it one last time before going to bed and everything was melting in the freezer and the fridge had warmed up to 52. The fan is still running non stop though.

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SOURCE: GE refrigerator 12 years old runs continuously, exterior warm

Probably not. Newer (and I mean under 15 years old or so) refrigerators may run more % of the time than older units, but are using far less energy while running, so total energy consumption is actually less. The newest energy star models often use less electricity than a single incandescent light bulb uses if left on 24/7. If your run times are noticeably longer just recently, and there have been no other significant changes to account for it (like more and / or longer door openings or a warmer ambient temp., etc.) then you may have caught a defrost problem or bad door gasket problem early. The warm temp on the outer case near the freezer is to prevent condensation from forming in those areas, and is normal. (as a matter of fact, older refrigs often used low wattage electric heaters for that task, almost all newer units use waste heat from the cooling system to accomplish that task) Please don't bother rating this solution, as anything but a Fix-Ya lowers my overall score. Thanks.

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SOURCE: FRIGE AND FREEZER ARE WARM NOT WORKING

There are a few points need to be checked. 1) is the compressor still working? (any noise coming from it).2) if its working check if the evaporator is iced up, (a specific part of the internal lining is cold). 3) Check if the evaporator fan is working. (any noise when the door switch is pressed). If compressor is working, fan is running, and it;s iced up, most likely the timer is malfunctioned or defrost heater is not working. Easiest way is to switch the unit off for at least 8 hrs and switch it on again to try.

Posted on May 04, 2009

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SOURCE: The strip of metal between the refrigerator door

could have a restriction in coils. not bad enough to effect cooling but not letting unit to cool of properly from coils

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a KitchenAid KSCS25FKSS00

Hi,
Yes, you need to replace that fan...
Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.

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SOURCE: My hotpoint frost free, fridge

The drain in the freezer behind back lower panel
needs opening. You can see it at the bottom of the back panel
underneath the evaporator coils. (The cold coils)
Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer.
When the defrost melts the water it goes down the drain
If the drain is clogged with Ice or ? The defrost water
overflows into the ref. or freezer
Run Hot water in the drain until it clears or use a hairdryer.
Also check fan undernearh Ref in the rear
Clean condenser coils underneath
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