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Fridge is not cold but the light will turn on...

I just cleaned my fridge, and it was open quite a bit. The light is working, however the fan is not turning on and the fridge is not getting cold. I have it set on maximum cool. I have a Tempassure Amana...Is there a way to reset the fridge? Or....does it sound like we may need maintenance?

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  • Victoria Straub Jan 02, 2007

    We ended up finding the pressure switch inside the fridge (at the top of the fridge) Unplugging did not re-start the compressor and fan...It turns out the fridge had worked too hard and it set off the pressure switch. We also cleaned all of the coils to allow better air flow....It has been working fine so far!

  • rjrenegade Nov 24, 2007

    fan is running but not very cold. Freezer is the same way

  • trisha5 Nov 26, 2007

    My top refrigerator is not cooling enough, but the bottom freezer is working great. I had a repair man out and he couldnt find any reason why my refrigerator isnt getting cold enoug.. I have it turned all the way up to seven and still not cold enough. Help!!!

  • bertripley Dec 02, 2007

    I have a kenmore fridge that is not staying cold, it is three years old. the freezer works fine but the cold air is not going down to the fridge.

  • techiechick Jan 14, 2008

    I have the same problem, please tell me where to find the pressure switch or how else to fix.Thanks a lot

  • vinjojo Feb 20, 2008

    i have a hotpoint side by side my problem the product is 7 years old and
    i did have it repairs two years ago and is was working great i have my settings on e which is the highest any my ohter setting on 8 of which is aolso the higest what do i do lto get my refrigerator too make it cold do i have to
    call a repair tech to resolve this thank you

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2008

    We were away for 24 hrs. During that time we had a storm and lost power for a short period of time. We came home and the alarm was activated on the refrig. It was silenced by us. We noticed the lights were working in the refrig and freezer but everything was melting and going bad. Sounds like it is not running but has power going to it because the interiors lights work. Electrical panel did not trip. Unknown why it is not working?

  • bodastita Apr 01, 2008

    the fridge's light comes on but its not working the fan wont start

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2008

    Fridge sounds like it comes on when doors open (lights turn on as well). Once the doors close it shuts off. It wont keep warm, and same with the freezer. Its been working fine for about 2-3 years. Nots sure what its is

  • DJACK10 Jun 10, 2008

    The compressor runs and the light comes on but the fan does not run. The

    freezer is cold but the storage area is not.

  • lrlar Jul 21, 2008

    I turned off the Frig to clean at the control box. When started back up the fan is working but the Refrig does not cool. I do not hear the compressor starting up.

  • glbuilder Sep 07, 2008

    hi fridge not cold but light comes on but fan does not run

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    my fridge is not getting cool but the lights are still coming on and the freezer is still freezing



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Try to uplug it for a few minutes then plug back in. Let us know if the compressor and fan kick on then otherwise we'll have to give more advice on where to look, etc.

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Had same problem, but followed the unplug for a few minutes suggestion. While unplugged, got to back of fridge to discover back panel at bottom of fridge was dusty. Removed it to find that it was much heavier than appeared- cleaned, also noted fan had lots of dust- used vaccuum and toothbrush to get at hard areas. Plugged back in- happy fridge!!! Saved lots of time, $$$ and aggravation! Theory by total novice: heavy dust obstructed air flow exchange and caused overheating to fan. Next step, likely fan engine burn out and lots of expensive parts and labor, and who does that on a Sat night?! Relieved!

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Help my fridge freezer engine is on, i can hear is in both fridge and freezer but not cold

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It could be the thermomstat. You ideally should try shorting out the thermostat mains feed through so that mains get to the compressor motor all the time, if it runs and gets cold I should say the stat has gone. The trouble with this is you need to know about mains safety and use an insulated means of shorting the switch feed through without doing the wrong thing and blowing yourself up! If in doubt call an expert!!, George

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Hi, Has it been 30 minutes since you turned it back on? It might be in defrost cycle. Please let me know I can assist you further.


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