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My refigerator is not keeping things cool. It was working ok until, the other day, I turned down the termostat by 1 from 5 to 4, and there was an audible click. Sounded like a fuse blew or something, the light is still working and the compressor is buzzing quietly and is warm to touch.

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    Ian Apr 10, 2011

    I would also like to add: the coil at the back is completely clean and free of dust in all areas.

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Sounds like you just happened to be near the defrost cycle timer as it was ready
to start the cycle and the movement was just enough to start it. You should actually
be turning the cold to a higher number (from 5 to 6 instead) and make sure that
if you have an adjustment knob in the freezer that it is set to the middle and not
to "colder" This knob controls the vent which allows cold air into the fresh food
compartment below. If it is set all the way to "colder" it will almost completely
cut off cold air flow to the lower compartment. Also if you have a thermometer
use it to set the temperature between 36 degrees and 39 degrees in the fresh
food compartment, it should stay in the fridge for 24 hours for an accurate reading.
hope this helps.

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    Ian Apr 10, 2011

    Hi, thanks for your quick answer. The reason I turned the knob was because it was too cold in the fridge part. After I turned it down by 1 and heard the click, I checked the light was still working, because it sounded like the fuse blew. The light was working so I assumed all was ok. Then the entire fridge and freezer defrosted and will not now go cold at any setting.

  • fixingthings Apr 10, 2011

    You mentioned the compressor was running and warm to the touch, One of three things I would
    look at is first is the fan running in the freezer section? If not the unit may be iced up behind the
    freezer back panel and not moving any air,
    Second is a stuck defrost timer, (there should be a hole under the control
    panel that doesn't have a screw, you can advance the defrost timer manually with a flat screwdriver slowly, it should cycle the fan then the defrost element- you can often hear water dripping in the freezer compartment) . The third is the cold control itself, (the temp control). It may have just failed or broken internally.
    If you can get it to cool by rotating the defrost timer then replace timer and the defrost termination thermostat (located behind freezer panel it is a small item clipped to a tube with two wires coming to it.)Just make sure to unplug fridge first. Model number is inside the
    fresh food door on the left panel. If it doesn't cool by rotating timer (fan should come on)
    then make sure fan is free and not frozen or stuck. If all is good with defrost timer and fan then
    I would replace the "cold control" which is the thing you turn (two wires and a slender tube which should not be kinked). I am assuming the fridge was cooling well before this problem occurred and not due to a loss of refrigerant. The fact the problem occurred when adjusting temp makes me look towards the "cold control" as the culprit. Hope this helps.

  • phaganmaryka
    phaganmaryka Apr 01, 2013

    What if the motor isn't running at all but all the lights are on?

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