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Fridge & Freezer not cooling.

I noticed awhile back that the center of the fridge was getting hot where the doors meet. I mentioned it to my husband who did nothing. Went into the freezer a couple days ago and noticed that our ice cream was soft and that the ice cubes weren't totally frozen anymore. I felt a few other things and realized everything was defrosting. So I took everything out and put it in our big freezer outside. I made him take the fridge out and away from the wall and remove the guard at the bottom and discovered that the plastic piece that holds the coils away from the fan was broke and that the coils were now blocking the fan from moving. So we fixed that problem and the fan is working now. However, the freezer still isn't freezing stuff and now the fridge part isn't working. I have no clue what else to check. I don't know how to get to anything on this fridge to check it. I was looking at the manual that you posted here (which was great, thank you!) and it appears there is another fan but I have no clue how to get to it. My husband is not very mechanically inclined mind you but I believe he can fix it if I know how to get to it. Of course knowing our luck that isn't the problem. Do you have any suggestions? I would hate to lose all the food in the fridge since I just wnet grocery shopping, but I don't knwo what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated it.

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  • Patty Welshons Oct 18, 2006

    Thanks for the help! The fridge was in defrost. He switched it back and the fans came on. However there seems to still be a problem. The fridge and freezer still are not getting as cold as they should be. It has been just about 42 hours since we switched it out of defrost. The freezer's temp is ranging between 20-28 degrees. The fridge is ranging from 40-48 degrees. It isn't getting any colder then that. I have no idea what else could be the problem. We had taken the back panel off in the freezer and there was ice on the coils. I had read here to take a blow dryer to it and get the ice off. Which we did, but that apparently wasn't the problem. Any ideas? If not, that is ok. You have been a great help anyways! :)

  • Anonymous Jul 21, 2008

    frigidaire top freezer fpi-152p is freezing top but not bottom. gets hot between the freezer and thr refirdge,. checkedtthe motor on the defro. but still not colloing the bottom. Jud



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Welshons, You want to make sure that the condensor fan is still running. Your evaporator fan, located behind the panel in the freezer should be running too unless you are in defrost. Your compressor should be running, it may have gotten real hot from the condensor fan not operating and is kicking off on overload. Once it cools down it should restart. Your condensing coils should be warm to the touch if the compressor is running. Right behind the temp. controls you will see a hole in the control cover. In that hole is the defrost timer. You can take a flat blade screw driver and turn the notch clockwise slowly to see if you are in defrost. It will click and the freezer fan should start running,(if it's in defrost). Just a gut feeling tells me either your condensor fan is still not functioning right or your compressor is too hot to start. Check the above out and let us know, back.

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