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Fridge & Freezer not getting cold enough

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! :)

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  • Patty Welshons Oct 29, 2006

    Catriver:
    Evaporater completely frozen over. Ice all over it. This fridge was my brothers and he gave it to me when he left to go to Oregon 3+ years ago. He doesn't have any of the warranty information on it. What should we do? Call a professional? Does it cost alot to fix the evaporater?

    Thanks for your help!

  • Patty Welshons Oct 29, 2006

    Do you know where I would find those parts? Also, My husband wanted me to mention to you that the Condenser coils at the bottom were not warm. They were room tempature. Does that make a difference? Thank you so much for your help!

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Welshons, Take a look at the picture Im posting. Did your evaporator look like it? If so your system may be restricted. This is a pretty common problem in Frigidaire top mounts. The good news is that it would be covered under warranty if it is not over 5 years old. As long as your condensor fan is running and the condensor is clean, evaporator not frosted up and evap fan running. I would think that you have a weak compressor or a restriction. Catriver...post back.

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    Ron Marek Oct 20, 2006

    Weak compressor and restriction.

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    Ron Marek Oct 29, 2006

    OK, if it was frozen all over again you have a defrost problem. It's either going to be the defrost timer sticking or the bi-metal open and will not go into defrost. I would change both of them. This is not a hard job. The defrost timer sits in the control panel and is just a plug in. All you have to do is remove the screws that hold the control board up and the screws that hold the defrost timer in and plug the new one in. The bi-metal sits on the evaporator. You can splice the new one in with wire nuts and seal the nuts with silicone. Your part numbers are 5303918202 for the bi-metal (defrost thermostat) and 215846606 for the defrost timer. Catriver...post back.

  • Ron Marek
    Ron Marek Oct 29, 2006

    Bad bi-metal

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