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The freezer isn't cool enough and the refrigerator temperature goes up when we put stuffs.

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  • ajay402 May 21, 2011

    The fan in the freezer below the ice maker isn't running. The back panel did have a bit of frost so I emptied the refrigerator, turned the thermostat to off and left the door open for 12 hours. Didn't see water dripping the floor. Put the refrigerator back on for 12 hours and more but the freezer temp didn't go below 8. The refrigerator temperature was 38. With less stuff in refrigerator the temperature goes down but goes up when we put more stuff. Seems like circulation problem. I took the freezer panel and ice maker off and now when I power on, I can see that the fan isn't running. What is that fan called (below ice maker above the silver coils). It is only connected with one green wire form the bottom so should not be big deal to change it. Thanks for your help. Running down to get a multimeter to run some tests as suggested by appliance-repair-it com. Is there any way I can share pictures/results with you and talk/chat/email one on one. Don't mind paying a little bit if I can avoid asking a technician to come down my place.

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I would first look under the ice box for signs of air restrictions. Clean out the bottom and make sure the fan and compressor is working. Inside the ice box listen to see if the fan is running in there. If that is fine I would look for signs of frost on the back wall of the freezer. If frost is present then ice is on the coils and you have a defrost problem. Their are 2 basic circuits in an ice box. Compressor run AND Defrost run. Compressor run circuit is anywhere from 8 to 12 hours depending on manufacturer. Defrost is 21 minutes. On new fangled electronic ice boxs the brain decides when defrost is needed using inputs from sensors, compressor run time, and how many times the ice box is opened and closed. But the new fangled ice boxs still have a defrost heater and thermostat like any ice box with automatic defrost has. Why do we need a thermostat? The heater is very powerful. It could easily destroy the ice box. It takes only moments to elevate the crawlspace inside the evaporation compartment to 50 degrees F. This keeps any frost that could turn into air flow blocking ice at bay.
Remember the defrost time is 21 minutes. If that heater was left on for 21 minutes it would not be purty. The termination thermostat is recommended to be replaced if it goes bad or whenever the heater is replaced. I say replace all 3 things in the circuit and be done with it. But who these days can afford that? If you suspect a defrost problem just unplug the ice box for a day or 2. If the ice box goes back to performing ok then you can suspect you indeed have a defrost problem.

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  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster May 21, 2011

    A lot of folk think it might need freon added but all these other things need to be addressed first.
    In 99% of cases freon is not the problem. The unit only holds 4 ounces. If a leak were to happen in a few day you would have 0 cooling. Not some cooling.

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster May 21, 2011

    A lot of folk think it might need freon added but all these other things need to be addressed first.
    In 99% of cases freon is not the problem. The unit only holds 4 ounces. If a leak were to happen in a few day you would have 0 cooling. Not some cooling.

  • ajay402 May 21, 2011

    The fan in the freezer below the ice maker isn't running. The back panel did have a bit of frost so I emptied the refrigerator, turned the thermostat to off and left the door open for 12 hours. Didn't see water dripping the floor. Put the refrigerator back on for 12 hours and more but the freezer temp didn't go below 8. The refrigerator temperature was 38. With less stuff in refrigerator the temperature goes down but goes up when we put more stuff. Seems like circulation problem. I took the freezer panel and ice maker off and now when I power on, I can see that the fan isn't running. What is that fan called (below ice maker above the silver coils). It is only connected with one green wire form the bottom so should not be big deal to change it. Thanks for your help. Running down to get a multimeter to run some tests as suggested by appliance-repair-it com. Is there any way I can share pictures/results with you and talk/chat/email one on one. Don't mind paying a little bit if I can avoid asking a technician to come down my place

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