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Frezer works eraticly

Freezer works fine most of the time then warms up. The condensor fan works and coil is clean. T evaporator fan is blowing when i check the freezer.

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  • bdif Aug 17, 2008

    please help

  • Mike Franco Jan 06, 2009

    I have a Electrolux refrigerator PLHS267ZA that is 6-yr old and the unit works fine for 2-3 days then stops working, creates frost in the wall of the freezer then gets warm. I shut it off for a few hours then plug it back on and it works for another 2-3 days...

  • Franklin Ouchida
    Franklin Ouchida May 11, 2010

    do you have frost or ice build up on the back wall?


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You have defrost problem

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The fridge is working whit out stop

If the unit is running all the time and is not freezing everything then open the back fiberboard panel and clean out the coils in the back. Check to make sure the condenser cooling fan is running also. If the compressor is running and the condenser fan is not running there is a problem with the condenser fan. The compressor, condenser and evaporator fans all should be running at the same time. the condenser fan can be stuck... have dry bearings... of simply has failed. Before removing the back cover... touch the chassis were the doors close... it should be warm but not VERY warm to the touch. If it is VERY warm to the touch... for sure you have a problem with the condensor fan.

Since you did not say anything other than the fridge is working whit out stop, I have to assume at this point that the evaporator fan is running in the freezer compartment just fine.

I really need to know:
1. Is there ice in the back of the freezer compartment?
2. Is the evaporator fan running?
3. Is the condenser fan running?
4. Are the condenser coils clean?

One of the above has a problem... you just need to identify which one.

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May 14, 2011 | Sharp Refrigerators

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Fridge runs all the time

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

Since you did not provide a model number... this will be a generic / not unit specific answer.

Running all of the time can be caused by several things. Two of the most common reasons is either the condensor fan area in the lower back of the unit has a problem. (lint, fan not running) or the evaporator fan in the freezer is not running. (Fan, ice build up on coils stopping fan)

If the unit is not defrosting properly the evaporator coils freeze up and air can not pass through the coil area. This results in the freezer beening cold and the fresh food compartment to slowly warm up.

Open the doors of your unit and touch the facing area where the door gasket seals. I should be warm to the touch but should NOT be very warm to almost hot. If it is very warm / hot to the touch it will confirm my comments above.

UNPLUG the unit
Clean the condensor area in the bottom of the unit. Use a crevice tool and something NOT sharp, NOT metal and NOT pointed to clean the coils. Old paint brush, big cable tie etc. Make sure the condensor fan is running after you plug the unit back in. A note on powering up any refrigerator.... anytime power is remove you must wait 15 - 20 minutes for the coolant system to stabilze or the compressor will not start.

If you note ice build up in the freezer compartment do a manual defrost by unplugging the unit, placing a fan directed at the freezer compartment (less freezer contents) for just over 2 hours. It makes a water mess so be ready to tend to drips and puddles. After 2 hours and clean up.. return the unit to normal service.

After doing the above the unit should operate normally for at least 2 days. If it continues to operate normally great. If after a few days it starts acting up again suspect that the automatic defrosting function is not working properly and have the defrost system checked.

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Dec 12, 2010 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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Whirlpool side by side made in 1998 is not cold. freezer side temp ranges between 32 - 40 degrees at coldest setting. coils are clean. blower is working. could thermostat be stuck or freon low? where do...

Most of the time there is an automatic defrosting problem when the freezer starts warming up. Ice builds up on the evporator coils.. airflow gets restricted and the temps warm up. Check to see that your evaporator fan is running at full speed. If it is then do a manual defrost by performing the following steps:

1. Unplug the unit
2. Remove freezer contents
3. Place a fan blowing air into the freezer compartment for a little over 2 hours. (Makes a mess... rags and Mop time)
4. After 2 hours wipe out any residual water...
5, Plug in unit
6. Reload freezer.
7. Check temps in 4 - 5 hours.

If temps are normal you have an Automatic defrost problem.
Causes can be:
1. Defrost timer / control
2. Defrost Heating Element
3. Wiring

There are other causes but timer / control or the element in a 10 + year old unit are the normal failures.

Do this step before the manual defrost
Make sure that the condensor fan in the lower rear part of the unit is running at FULL speed.and that the condensor coils are free of lint and debris. If the condensor and fan are loaded with lint it will cause warmer operating temps. Clean as needed.

If after you do a manual defrost and the temps come back to normal for at least 24 hours you will need to troubleshoot the auto-defrost circuit. If you need help at that time just respond here and I will help you.

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Sep 18, 2010 | Whirlpool Refrigerators

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My GE Side by Side is not working wierdly. the top few shelves on both the freezer and refridgerator are not cooling but the bottom shelves are cold.

Check to see if your evaporator fan is blowing in the freezer, then check your condensor fan behind the back panel. If those are both running make sure your coils are clean underneath your fridge. Cold goes down heat goes up, that's why it is warm up top and cold down. Start there. Good luck!

Aug 21, 2010 | GE Refrigerators

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Refrigerator warm, freezer fine, condensor fan not working.

yes and it is the evaporator fan inside the freezer, and condenser fan near compressor

Mar 25, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Hello, we have a whirlpool side by side (estate...between the doors is very hot the compressor is so hot you'd have to have pot holders to remove it. the fan is running fine the fridge and freezer are both...

Check the condensor coils and clean them. The condensor fan may be running slower than normal. It is working hard to move the heat. The area between the doors has a line there purposely to keep it warm so moisture that condenses there when the doors are opened evaporates and doesn't cause mold.

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Frezer ok, fridge warm

clean coils on back or underneath the fridge and make sure the 2 controls are set right, also check that fan in freezer is blowing. If there is a fan by the compressor see that it is working

Aug 05, 2009 | Refrigerators

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Refrigerator not getting any air, (it is warm), freezer seems ok

so you mean the vents in the refer/frezer sections? yes ok there is a fan in the frezer section that moves the air thru out the box.its called the evaporator should hear a vissssss sound when you open the doors.some boxes you have to push the door switch closed with finger because fan goes off win door open.test fan with volt meter,should get 110 volts[may have to push that door switch in when testing]if voltage and not turning get new fan.hope that helps God bless ,tom

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Subzero 561 Fridge side works, Freezer side working fine

Sounds like a cold control. It is located behind the panel and can be ohmed out to check for proper operation. You need to remove the light shield then after the shelves have been taken out remove the two screws that hold the fan shroud in place. This will allow back panel to come for so you can check the cold control. It should read as a short in all positions except off when the cap tubes have come to ambient temp. If you get the back off and see ice on only a small portion of the evaporator you have a sealed system problem and need a qualified technician.

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