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Old 09-05-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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So my kitchen frig is weird. starting thursday-ish i noticed the milk tasted warm when i was getting breakfast around. so yesterday i noticed its not working right, check to make sure the thermostat wasn't bummped by mistake..it wasn't. i check the temp's, the freezer is -3 degrees F, but the frig part is 63 degree's F. googling what temp's they should be, the freezer section is ok, but the frig part is almost 30 degree's warmer.

I had assumed there is only one compressor?!?! so am i just way wrong there? i can't figure out why one side is working the other isn't, haha.

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Old 09-05-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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You're right...most refrigerators have one compressor.

The way most of them work...the Thermostat is set to control the temperature inside the fridge. This drives the compressor to work...which actually cools the evaporator in the freezer. A fan blows some of the cold freezer air through a trap door into the refrigerator. The trap door is usually labeled FREEZER Temperature Coldest to Warmest... It clamps down to lower the FREEZER temp....and opens to raise the FREEZER temp. There is also a timer circuit in a "frost-free" refrigerator...which cycles a couple of heat strips...one near the freezer door, and one under the evaporator coils...this is an automatic defrost cycle which lasts a couple of minutes and then the system resumes to go back to chilling.

If your compressor is running all the time...either the compressor isn't charged properly, or your defrost isn't working right...causing the airflow to the refrigerator section to be blocked. ( I say this only because your Freezer is cold) IF it shuts on and off normally, but the fridge temp is higher than set for...you could have a thermostat problem...but your timer could be screwing up too...and going into an extended defrost cycle...so you have to trouble shoot.

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Old 09-05-2009, 04:18 PM   #3
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Alternately, your fridge may have two fans, one for each compartment.

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Make sure it isn't iced up between the freezer & fridge compartments. That prevents air from flowing from one to the other as previously mentioned. If so defrost it yourself the automatic system won't be able to fix it. If that is the problem defrosting it yourself may or may not fix permanantly. If it happens again fridge should be checked by a specialist, as could be low in coolent or have another problem.

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