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Meauxjeaux
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Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
I gots a side by side and it's doing this. The freezer side has tons of frost in it.

Checked the door seals and alignment and that's good.

Anyone got ideas on what might be wrong?

Paging Napoleon?
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GetCocky11
South Carolina Fan
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
Sounds like the fan died.

This is an easy fix.
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Bluefin
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
Have you checked the thermotransflector tube? Located under the freoncapitator?


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LZ83
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
What was the question?


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Meauxjeaux
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
Ah! Thanks bro.

Apparently while my fridge isn't quite nippy enough, my Stokke pics were.


The Tom Arnold
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Member since Dec 2015
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
Defrost timer is jacked up. Either the timer, the thermostat, or the heater itself. Mine does this shite and I have to manually defrost it multiple times per day or it will freeze up.


GetCocky11
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
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Ah! Thanks bro.


Same thing happened to me recently.

Basically everything is cooling correctly and freezer is fine, but the cool air isn't being moved into the fridge causing it to warm up.


BR Tiger
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
Is your freezer or fridge jam packed? The cold air from the freezer is used to cool the fridge. If the vents/fans allowing the airflow are blocked, you could run into problems.


The Torch
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
Flex Capacitor switch, go to a hardware store and ask the clerk for one.


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TigerFanatic99
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South Bend, Indiana
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
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Is your freezer or fridge jam packed? The cold air from the freezer is used to cool the fridge. If the vents/fans allowing the airflow are blocked, you could run into problems.



I'll be shocked if it is anything other than this.


TigerstuckinMS
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2005
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
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manually defrost it multiple times per day

You should probably throw that away, then.


Meauxjeaux
Memphis Fan
91912 posts including my alters
Member since Jun 2005
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
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Is your freezer or fridge jam packed? The cold air from the freezer is used to cool the fridge. If the vents/fans allowing the airflow are blocked, you could run into problems.


I'll be shocked if it is anything other than this.


Me too. Mrs Meauxjeaux can pack that shite in there tight. Got dammit.


ETA: I never knew air flowed between the two. Got Googling some of this and the things you learn... Thanks all.
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mdomingue
LSU Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2010
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
quote:

Same thing happened to me recently.

Basically everything is cooling correctly and freezer is fine, but the cool air isn't being moved into the fridge causing it to warm up.





Ex In laws had this issue on a side-by-side Frigidaire (back in the 80's) and it turned out to be an ice plug in the duct between the freezer compartment and the refrigerator.


baldona
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
Likely the duct between the fridge and freezer is iced up, as said. The best thing to do is to remove everything and let the whole thing thaw out.

If you can't do that, you can figure out where the duct is and take a hair dryer to defrost the ice. Some have multiple ducts so make sure you get them all.


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Zappas Stache
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Member since Apr 2009
22029 posts

re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
In my experience, its likely the defrost heater. It kicks on and melts ice on the coils. When it fails, ice builds up on the coils, then inside the freezer, fridge blows semi cool air and then after a few days blows warm air.


The Tom Arnold
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa
Member since Dec 2015
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
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You should probably throw that away, then.


I just need a new thermometer but haven’t found the time to do it.

Manual defrost = pressing two buttons so it’s not that big of a pain in the ass.


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jmarto1
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
How much dust is on that compressor? Side by sides are notorious for collecting a lot of dust


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fishfighter
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Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2008
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
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In my experience, its likely the defrost heater. It kicks on and melts ice on the coils. When it fails, ice builds up on the coils, then inside the freezer, fridge blows semi cool air and then after a few days blows warm air.


Best answer. In fact I just replaced my frig. I did fix the old one that cost me $50. It was only 6 years old. Wife clean it up and had the guys mover it in my work shop. Cold beer only in it.


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LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2004
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re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
more than likely the fan is frozen- not dead

empty everything and unplug for a couple of days- leave doors open-

remove panel that houses fan for evap and check for ice

make sure every thing is thawed

Make sure drain from fridge is clear- blow air or run small wire or straw to clear any food debris

Plug back in and it should be fine

NEVER use the energy saver. That is usually the culprit as it stops the fridge from running through so many defrost cycles

Have had to do my fridge twice before I realized it was the energy saver-


agdoctor
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Dec 2004
2451 posts

re: Fridge semi-cold and freezer iced over
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In my experience, its likely the defrost heater. It kicks on and melts ice on the coils. When it fails, ice builds up on the coils, then inside the freezer, fridge blows semi cool air and then after a few days blows warm air.


If the back wall of freezer has ice build up this is the problem.


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