Westinghouse Wse6100WA side by side Fridge-icing up/not cooling
Hi, I have a Westinghouse Wse6100WA side by side Fridge. The fridge compartment is not cooling properly and the freezer is icing behind the panel inside the back of the freezer and then visibly inside the freezer as well. The more iced up it gets-the temperature goes up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Westinghouse aren't helpful at all. I am in Australia so may be different model code in other countries. thanks.
Re: Westinghouse Wse6100WA side by side Fridge-icing...
This is a bad design flaw, the fridhe is cooled by fan forced air from the freazer. Two ducts vent into and out of the fridge fron the freezer and ice can block them up (which you can find if you take off all the plastic at the top and back of the fridge). Hence, when they block up, the frindge does not cool, hence the thermostat tells the fridge to keep running which makes the freezer colder and colder, making the blockage worse.
You need to not only fully defrost the freezer (which can be done quicker by removing the plastic panel in the back of the freezer and using a hairdryer) BUT also fully dry the fridge before turning it back on. To stop it happening again, avoid puting unvovered liquids or hot items in the fridge. Also avoid leaving the fridge and freezer doors open for long especially in humid conditions. As I said, it's a bad design.
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Re: Westinghouse Wse6100WA side by side Fridge-icing...
Could be the fan that brings cold air from the freezer to the fridge dont work or the defrost system inside the freezer wich is the defrost heater the timer or the defrost termostat ,most cases is the timer.
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There is a normal setting of the thermostat for the fridge and freezer and you can select the fridge setting to be lower than normal than what is set presently.
If there is no change then the thermostat is not cutting off the cooling and so there is no control of temperature within the fridge. Allow the lowest setting of the thermostat in the fridge section to confirm this fault.
Classic symptom of: the connection passageway between the freezer and the fridge compartment has closed off - usually due to ice buildup - or something clogging/blocking the passageway. Your Refrigerator works by releasing cold air into only the freezer, then this cold air passes thru a passageway into the fridge compartment to cold (but not freeze) the fridge compartment contents. If this passageway is blocked, then just the freezer works, and cold air never makes it into the fridge compartment. In the old days, you'd be told to defrost your freezer, since the blockage was ALWAYS caused by frost buildup. Today, we have frost-free freezers, and your freezer may simply have too much stuff inside - there has to be some room to allow some air flow around items in the freezer, and whichever item is blocking the air passage to the fridge compartment - just move it away from the passageway opening.
Check fan which blows cool to fridge compartment is working. Check fridge is defrosted automatically. If not do it manually and check, there will be cooling in fridge compartment. Over frosting will cover up the fan throw behind the freezer. If not auto defrost works, switch off and restart after 5 minutes. Still auto defrost problem, do it manually or replace board.
the mother board located inside the lower rear portion of the unit is bad,if you have recently had lights blow out this can cause a surge and ruin the mother board,also if there are relays clicking and lights are blinking dimly this is a good sign the board is bad
Your refrigerator has a Control-defrost,adaptive timer ,PC board part number 241508001 This is providing your model is the one listed above your post WRS3R3EW. The model you listed in post does not come up. Until we can determine that the freezer is not defrosting you need to unplug and remove the back panel of freezer compartment to see if the evaporator coils are frozen or clear. If frozen this alone will cause a chain reaction that keeps vents to fresh food compartment open and cause freezing in that area. Go to link below and enter model number WRS3R3EW0 Then you will see a list of diagrams on left side, chose #11 this will show the control parts. Click link below Thanks, Sea Breeze We offer free help and assistance also.
Art, I need to get a little more information from you. Does the condenser fan under the refrigerator seem to work and blowing warm air from below and or behind the refrigerator? The motor feeling warm is OK. Only when too hot to touch on top. Needs to cycle also. When you opened the freezer did you hear the fan blowing? Thanks, JT
I had the same problem; the top fridge compartment was warming up to 14C while the freezer compartment was starting to defrost (frozen stuff was starting to become soft. I took the rear wall off the freezer compartment and found it all iced up. I defrosted it with a blower heater then powered it back up. It all worked fine for a month when the same thing happened. I figured that the defrost cycle wasn't working. I located the defrost timer on the rear right-side of the fridge. I rotated it several times and found that the fridge was turning on and off. I rotated it until the fridge turned off. I waited 5 minutes then stuck my head into the freezer compartment and felt the rear wall at the bottom where he drain is; it felt warm so I guessed the defrost heater element was ok. I ordered a defrost timer and installed it. I haven't had a problem since.