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Roper fridge problem

I have a Roper Refrigerator with top freezer (not sure of exact model) It used to have a vacuum sound when you closed the door and it would pull the door closed tighter. It does not do that any more. Is there a vacuum pump somewhere that is accessible? I am also seeing what look like condensation on the top and on the glass containers. Not seeing water in the bottom like you would expect if the drain was plugged. Anyone have any suggestions?

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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.

  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer
  2. bad defrost heater (in freezer)
  3. 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 items.
  • if you already checked this and think it is a different problem then let me know, i will help you figure it out. 
Mike  

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

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Why isn't it cooling correctly?


Good morning Mark.

There are a few general things that can underlie a cooling problem:
A couple of things to think about?
  1. Are both the refrigerator and freezer having trouble, or just one of them? The refrigerator section is usually cooled by circulating air from the freezer into the fridge compartment, using a variable slide vent to manage how much or little air is passed to the fridge part. (This is why sometimes you'll have stuff in one section that seems to get frozen at times - it's sitting right next to the vent). If this vent gets stuck, especially in the closed or mostly closed position, the fridge compartment won't cool enough. the culprit is often that ice has frozen into the mechanism for the vent movement. You'll want to look up a DIY on checking that out. Here is one aimed at Kenmore/Sears/Whirlpool, but it'll no doubt overlap over 90% with your Roper.
Freezer to refrigerator vent frozen 1
There is also a site I can point you to that talks a bit more on possible culprits (with parts for sale, of course)
Roper Refrigerator Freezer is Cold But Refrigerator is Warm
If everything is warm, fridge and freezer both, then you're generally looking for either a dead/worn out / dirty thermostat, that may think the fridge is cooler than it really is, or possibly an issue with the compressor.

Also, if the freezer area is clogged with ice, this can influence the thermostat, and also impair the ability of the coolant to pull heat out of the system - (you have to flow the heat through a big layer of ice, which makes the system less efficient).

You can also look to see if you have a tribe of dust bunnies that have taken up residence on the cooling coils. If so, dust them off with a soft brush or some compressed canned air (or a vacuum cleaner wand)

Last thought - if the cooling fan for the compressor has stopped, failed, or gotten jammed, that will significantly reduce the compressor capability, and burn it out before long. Make sure the fan is spinning when the fridge is plugged in.

Hoping this helps. If you go do any defrosting, avoid doing it with sharp objects, and use some patience. One tiny pinhole in a freezer coil and you're looking at a repair that will almost certainly cost more than the fridge is worth.

Good Luck!
D

Nov 23, 2015 | Roper RT21AKXKQ Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Model# RT18DKXEW05 parts


Repair clinic has booth door gaskets
the refrigerator gasket is $91.60
The freezer door gasket is $72.95

If the unit is working good it might be worth it to replace the gaskets if unit is in good shape and you only need one of the 2 gaskets I would replace it. if needs both you need to see what a replacement unit costs and make a decision

http://www.repairclinic.com/Roper-Refrigerator-Model-RT18DKXEW05-ID-114014-Gasket-Seal-Parts

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The freezer department is making snow and the vents blocked with ice. now the refrigerator compartment is warm. i have the freezer temp on cold and the refrigerator between normal and colder. what should i...


If the freezer is cold the compressor is Ok. Now if its a two door fridge . Open both the doors while the fridge is On. Press the lower door switch ( the lower light should turn off and you should hear the fan humming sound come on ). While holding the door switch pressed close the freezer door, you should see cold air come out of the slits in the back of the lower compartment. If not icicles have blocked the passages due to the non working of the heating coil.The heating cycle is controlled by the timer switch located near the compressor at the back. Unplug the fridge and remove the timer switch.Note the color of the wires and mark on the old switch. Replace and it will work.Only frost free fridges have heating cycle.

The cold air passage in a modern fridge is made out of thermocole . It will take you more than 24 hours of defrosting to remove the ice. I had to use a hair dryer to melt the ice even after 30 hours. Thermocole is a fantastic insulator.If you want to avoid melting the insulator blow air into the vent from the refrigerator compartment using a vacuum cleaner in blower mode ( reverse mode ). After a few minutes of blowing,hot air will come from the vacuum cleaner which should do the trick

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Refrigator with a top freezer freezes up about every 4 weeks


Check the door and seals, does it close and seal properly.

If the seals are letting in warm air, the fridge goes into overtime, hence freezing up.

Its also worth checking that the fridge isn't on too higher setting.

May 10, 2010 | Roper RT21AKXKQ Top Freezer Refrigerator

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Jenn-Air JFC2089H Bottom Freezer French Door Refrigerator. One month ago the water tap stopped working then I noticied that the top doors to refrigerator would not reliably close like they used to. Last...


The water could have been frozen in the door and melted when your fridge warmed up.


The lower hinge on each door may have a door closing cam. It raises the door up ¼ inch when opening and this assist in closing the door. If it’s wore out and doesn’t work the door may not seal and the gasket can be damaged. Watch the operation of the door to see if it rises up when opened.



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. There is a flap you adjust with the fridge temp. control. Make sure it's opening and closing when you adjust the fridge temp ..

If the evaporator coils behind the back panel of the freezer are icing up because of auto defrost failure that will stop the circulation of cold air and eventually affect the freezer too.

check defrost timer, defrost heater, defrost thermostat. In most newer models the timer has been replaced by an electronic control board. If the heater and thermostat are ok it’ll be the control.

How to check stuff>
http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php

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Freezer working fine (no ice buildup), refrigerator warm


make sure your cond under ref is clean allso check your door gaskets if its getting moisture in it i have seen the damper stick from ice from door gasket and when your defrosting evap its clearing damper

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I have a new 2007 Roper Refrigerator with a top freezer. The door of the refrigerator does not shut correctly. I can see the light when I look between the freezer door and refrigerator door. If I lift and...


Generally speaking. Refrigerator door are assembled from bottom to top. Remove the cover on the top hinge of the freezer door. Remove the top hinge and lift the door to remove. You will now see the top hinge for the refrigerator door. This should be adjustable by loosening the screws and move it toward the outer edge of the refrigerator side. Tighten the screws and lock it in place. Reassemble the freezer door in the reverse order that you removed it. That should take care of the problem.

You can observe the top edge of the refrigerator door in the closed position when you have the freezer door removed.

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Refridgerator not cold but freezer is freezing fine.


This model uses the cold air from the freezer, defrost complet unit for 24hrs, turn back on and it should work ok. Regards Advisor

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