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I have been without the use of my freezer for about two months now. Fridge is cold but freezer is just above freezing temp. I also noticed it is almost constantly running except for a short break when the defrost timer kicks in. It's about 9 years old and a 19 cu/ft bottom freezer type. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • rick rischman May 17, 2011

    I have cleaned my coils the best I could since they are underneath the unit. You really think this is all it is? Use a good wire brush? How about any cleaner? I heard you are really not suppose to put it on it's side.

  • rick rischman May 18, 2011

    I used a brush and cleaned up the coils more. Also checked to see if the seals around the doors are tight, which they are. The doors use to **** in and hold really tight right after closing the refridge/freezer but dont anymore. I waited a night after cleaning to see if it helped The temp in the freezer was still just above freezing. Any more suggestions?

  • rick rischman May 18, 2011

    Not sure what a factory indicated setting is but there are two separate controls. One each for the freezer and fridge. The freezer controls turns off the entire unit off and right now it's on 2. I tried different settings but no help. The fridge goes from 1- 7 I think and right now it's on 4. I tried all sorts of settings but the unit constantly runs. I also cleaned all the seals yesterday and checked for cracking. They looked good.

  • rick rischman Jun 03, 2011

    I did set both at 5 and went on vacation. I filled up some ice cube trays to see if they would freeze. Returned to find there is no ice in the ice trays and fridge still runs continuously. The ice cube maker also seemed to stop working properly too. Could it possibly be either a thermostat issue or loss of refrigerant?

  • rick rischman Jun 03, 2011

    Yes fan is running constantly. Will not shut off except every few days in defrost mode.

  • rick rischman Jun 04, 2011

    Yes I have completely taken off the entire back cover and physically seen the fan running after pulling the entire fridge out to do it. In fact I did this three times to check if there was anything else I noticed that could be the problem in the last few weeks.

  • rick rischman Jun 04, 2011

    I just opened up the compartment in the freezer behind the wall. The coils have ice buildup where the thermostat connects to it. let it defrost but still not any cooler in freezer. Any new suggestions?

  • rick rischman Jun 04, 2011

    It was only a small chunk of ice where the coils start which is normal. The coils after two hours are not getting cold enough for the freezer to work. Its not in defrost cycle since no heat is coming from that element. I really think its either a loss of coolant from a leak or compressor problem. Either way expensive so I'm tired of monkeying around with this thing for weeks. Let me know what you think.

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Definitely Clean your coils With a good coil brush, they are about 4.00 at the hardware store. Hope this helps. Thanks for the question.

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  • Ryan Pries May 17, 2011

    I would start there unless you are sure they are very clean, This is the only way heat has to escape.

    Get the refrigerator coil brush.Not wire.

    If this turns out not to be the problem the next step would be to look at air escaping from the seals.

  • Ryan Pries May 18, 2011

    What is your refrigerator temp set at? it should be at factory indicated setting, Any colder will let to much air out of the freezer.
    Also try cleaning the door seals with soap and warm water, Just to be sure they seal properly.

  • Ryan Pries May 19, 2011

    Thats got to be the problem, If the numbers are 1-9 both should be set a 5. Try that and wait about 5 hours and see if the temp corrects.

  • Ryan Pries Jun 03, 2011

    One more thing to rule out is that the fan is working, Is the fan next to the compressor running?
    Could you send me the model number so I can look up the schematic?
    Thanks

  • Ryan Pries Jun 04, 2011

    Just to clarify, the fan you checked is the one in the back next to the compressor? You should have to remove the cover on the back of the refrigerator, after pulling it away from the wall.
    This is not the one in the freezer compartment.

  • Ryan Pries Jun 04, 2011

    was it a solid block of ice or just a small area? You may have tho replace the defrost thermostat if its not completing auto defrost.
    Also make sure that the vent is open.

  • Ryan Pries Jun 05, 2011

    Yep I think we have exhausted all affordable fixes It Looks like the compressor is the suspect.
    Let me know if there is anything else I can help with.
    Take care
    Ryan

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