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Refrigerator is not cold but freezer is still operating.

My refrigerator is no longer getting cold although it sounds like the compressor is running. This has been the case for about 2 days now. The freezer (bottom mount) is still working fine. Any ideas? This refrigerator was purchased in April of 2005, so is less than 2 years old.

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  • Brad Potter Jan 10, 2007

    Thanks for the reply. I checked the fan (took off the bottom panel in the back) and it was definitely working. There was no ice forming on the coils.

    While I was back there, I did notice that the coils at the bottom of the fridge (accessed via the faceplate at the bottom front of the fridge) were covered in dust. I used a vacuum to clean these off. I also turned the Energy Saver switch off (not sure if that's related).....

    But, after plugging the fridge back in (following the cleaning of the coils) - everything now works. I also turned the energy saver switch back on and it still works (after 2 days).

    So, maybe I shouldn't care, but it would be really nice to now what fixed it, since if I don't it's sure to happen again.

    Any ideas what might have cured the problem (can dusty coils really prevent a fridge from cooling?) Thanks.

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2008

    frig not working freezer is-purchased in april 2005-interesting that others have had same problem in same amount of time-help

  • katt442 Jun 15, 2008

    new kenmore refrigerator 253 7 months old. The freezer is perfect but the refrigerator is not getting cold?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    This refrigerator has developed a very loud vibrating noise when the compressor runs. What's causing this?

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Couple things, both doing with air flow. If the fan in the lower freezer isn't working there will be no cold air moved into the upper fridge. If the defrost cycle happens to be dead then the coils down there will freeze solid and there can be no air flow over them to cool the upper area. You'll have to pull the lower drawer out and take off the interior rear panel to check these things. Hopefully it's just that the fan motor went out. It's real easy to change. Let me know what you find, if the coil is all iced up solid then there's more things you need to look into.

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  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2007

    If the refrigerant level is really low and the coils were REALLY dirty and not releasing heat I guess it "could" be possible. Cleaning will always improve how efficient it is but shouldn't really stop the cooling process like that. Oh, the energy saver switch is to allow electric heaters to keep the door seal areas warm so they don't get moisture forming water droplets on them. In dry areas, with low humidity OFF is OK, in the wetter areas of the country ON is preferred to keep the sweating down.

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