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Napoleon
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
Common defrost failure.
Empty freezer. Remove back panel. Melt ice.
Then it will work but not be fixed.

To fix it you either need to replace the defrost control, defrost terminator or heating element.


It's also possible the fan is out but you likely would have noticed.

On 90% of fridges all the work is done in the freezer, though some are dual cool. They will always have some mention on that inside the fridge because it's a selling point. Even though I hate it.
Only decent dual cool is dual compressor, IMO
The other just seems problematic which is good for me.

Not for the owner.


1st priority look for the presence of frost. Frost is frozen moisture while ice is frozen water.
On some top freezers a clogged drain can cause an ice blockage, though most of the calls I see (and yours is the number 1 fridge issue) are defrost failures.



I'll look to see if you gave info on your fridge to further diagnose.


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Napoleon
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
What is your model number?
I'll give you a location diagram.


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Napoleon
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
Do you do all your tests on the PCB?
I usually just tear down the freezer so I can directly access components.
Mostly because I can steam the coils. Though on a GE step one is pulling the board. Checking the defrost relay to see if it's burnt and then fixing it with solder. Then I jump the defrost to the power to see if I have a red glow. If I do I just let it go for a few minutes. If the relay was fixed they are GTG but most times with a GE I replace the board it seems.

The others I just put into diagnostic. But I'm leary to tell DIYers to mess with boards especially live.



lsu1987
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
I had this happen to my fridge a couple of times. The “channel” between the freezer and the refrigerator gets frozen over from moisture that gets in there when you open it and cold air cannot flow from the freezer to the fridge area. Unplug and take everything out (pack in ice chest or 2nd fridge if you have one) and leave the doors open for a few hours to let it completely thaw out. When you plug it back in cold air should be able to flow from the freezer to the refrigerator.


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SSpaniel
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
quote:

Napoleon


Thanks for your help in these threads! Thanks to you, I was able to change my agitator dogs in the washing machine!

My wife was like... what on earth are you doing to the washer?

Me: Fixing it.

Her: Eyeroll and she starts looking at washing machines on the internet.

No need... easy fix.

Anyways... Thanks for your help in these types of threads over the years.


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mizslu314
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
kitchen.

I've unplugged it and left the doors open.


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mizslu314
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
After turning off the refrigerator and leaving it like that for a couple hours, to the point where it was at room temperature I plugged it back in and it’s slightly cooler, but still not cool enough to use.


SSpaniel
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
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After turning off the refrigerator and leaving it like that for a couple hours, to the point where it was at room temperature I plugged it back in and it’s slightly cooler, but still not cool enough to use.


After how long a period of time?


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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
4ish hours, with the doors open.


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SSpaniel
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
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4ish hours, with the doors open.

Not to be a smartass, but close the doors. That might help with the cooling process.


mizslu314
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
its really hot in my house, warmer than it is inside the fridge.

Shouldn't 4 hours be long enough regardless?


Napoleon
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
this even if it does work don't fix the root cause of the defrost failre. It also takes over 24 hours for all the ice to melt if it's really frozen up.

A hair dryer works a heat gun if you're really careful works but steam is best.


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Napoleon
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
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Shouldn't 4 hours be long enough regardless?


No




Unless you are willing to take apart the back wall of the freezer, melt the ice. Then test the continuity of the heater and thermal terminator, you should probably just call someone. Fridge repair isn't that easy most just change parts without knowing what is bad. A simple $5 continuity tester is all you need.

You 100% have a air flow issue. You could even have a seized fan.

Freezer working means good compressor. Fridge not means bad airflow.




mizslu314
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
I finally had to have a guy come out, he said it was the evaporator fan motor(?).


LSU Tiger Bob
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
Good advice has been given. I'll ad....try turning freezer and frig temp down. Make sure freezer door is closing properly and that gasket is not leaking.


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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
OR you could just tear out the freezer/refrig separator and put a small heat in the refrig section to keep in warmer than freezing.


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Napoleon
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
The fan in the fridge. One of the causes i listed in my first reply.


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CarRamrod
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re: Freezer works but fridge wont stay cool -frigidaire
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what happens is ice builds up and blocks the air passage between the two spaces
not necessarily blocking the air passage between the 2 chambers but more blocking air flow through the evaporator coil fins.

This happened to my outside fridge. New heating element fixed this.


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