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Whirlpool ET22DMXBW00 Fridge not cooling

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Hi all.

Our garage fridge use to be ice cold when we got it but now the freezer is fine but the fridge barely keeps my domestic beer at imported beer warmness. I'm aware it could be a number of things, defrost timer, compressor, or hopefully just a clogged drain. My main problem, or where i'd like to start, is with a diagram and instructions of what I need to do to unclog the drain and how to perhaps check all the other issues. Perhaps drain is the wrong term but I think the fine experts here know what I mean. :-)

Our house fridge (a POS) motor just totally burnt out and I moved everything to the garage where its not being kept cold enough and I'm afraid at this point I'm in danger of losting $$$ of condiments and other food. We picked up a used fridge for the kitchen yesterday but its still on its side in my van and we know it has to be upright for at least 24 hours before we plug it in. so I'm in a little time crunch.

Can anyone help me with this? Thanks in advance! Cynthia

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start with a pic of evaporator coil and post here. are both fans running?

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Start in the freezer and check out the frost pattern. If it's choked in with fuzzy ice, then you've had a defrost system failure-- not as scary as it sounds and very repairable. More info on frost pattern interpretation here ==> http://fixitnow.com/wp/2011/02/25/how-to-troubleshoot-warm-refrigerator-problems-by-reading-the-evaporator-frost-pattern/

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Ok here's what I have so far, it looks like I'll have to removed the icemaker to get into the back, can't access it FROM the back, I hate that. There is ice on the back wall. Heading back out to get the back wall off. Yes I'll unplug it before I take the icemaker out. ;-)

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Removing the ice maker is no big deal, this is easy. Just remove the three mounting screws unplug the wire harness and you're good to go.

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I can't get the back wall off without popping the shelf holders off. Do they just pop off without breaking or is there something special I have to do to them, the one I tried won't pop off easily with a screwdriver underneath.

Its pretty frozen back there so far.

Nebermind I figured them out, loading pics.

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OK here's what I have. Yikes. The drain actually is clear at least up on top, can't tell if something is stuck in it inside though.

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Hmmm, not looking good for the hometeam. Looking like a suspected sealed system problem. What was the actual temperature inside the freezer? Need some numbers.

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Sorry I don't have a temp gauge. Frozen is about all I can say.

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UGH, just looked at the frost pattern photos. Anything I can do with this mess?

Umm yeah, I know what I thermometer is, I don't have one nor do I have time to wait for one to ship, or interest in running to home depot for one. Everything is frozen like a rock, and since the thing is off at the moment I'm sure its warmed up. If I take a hair dryer to the mess where the ice maker is, is there something I can tape up to hold it for awhile or what?

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End o' da line, budrow.

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Thanks, do you mean my fridge is shot? And I should go apply to a big box store for a line of credit? Cause I am out of disposable income.

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after the hair-dryer, let the Fridge run an hour or two (with cover on) and post the frost pattern again..

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Thanks here is a new pic. This was actually taken about 10 minutes after I opened the cover since I got a phone call I had to take, but the coils were a bit less frosty then this but still showed frost, whereas today they didn't have any frost. I noted a big was of putty type stuff in tape after I de-iced. I take it there might be a leak there and someone tried to seal it? I squished the putty down more when it was warm from the dryer under that theory in hopes it would seal better and cool down in the fridge. The fridge is cooling more now but its only been about 4 hours. My beer is drinkable and I really needed to drink one at this point! Have all the meat in some coolers so I can recheck behind the back wall in a few more hours.

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That was supposed to say a big WAD of putty, not was.

And don't even get me started on the sand that fell out of the icemaker (we never used the icemaker) just bought this clunker a few months ago for an extra garage fridge. Wonder if it was by the side of the road and someone just picked it up and cleaned it.

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doesn't look too bad... hard to tell

the Evaporator Coils should be completely, evenly, lightly frosted after the Compressor has been running an hour or two.

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Still need a number on the freezer temp.

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Check the door seals, that could be ice built up from very humid conditions/leaky door seals.

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Thanks all, fridge still not cooling enough. Won't be able to get a number on the freezer temp until I can buy a thermometer.

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There does not look to be anything wrong with the sealed system (coils where the gas runs) on your fridge. That evaporator looks fine. The first picture you posted showed some old ice. I suspect an air flow problem. Is that fan at the back turning properly .... I mean really pushing the air? Close the evaporator back up and close the freezer door. Open the fridge door - at the back centre you should see an air duct - with the freezer door shut - do you feel any air coming in there at all?

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Strathy you are correct. There is no air blowing through that center fridge duct though that freezer fan is blowing it around the freezer. What's my next step now?

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Either the air duct going from the freezer to the fridge section is blocked with something (i.e. ice) or the fan in the freezer is not turning or not turning fast enough. Check the fan first. Is it turning? Can you really feel air being pushed in the freezer?

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Yes I actually observed the fan spinning yesterday, and I can feel it behind the wall. I'm guessing I have to get the floor of the freezer up and look underneath? Since the floor of the freezer goes under the front and sidewalls, does it just bend and pop up? (I ask before I start prying at it.

Given the fact I found sand in the POS ice maker, there could be anything under there.

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I don't remember the configuration of your model, but I don't think you should have to pull the floor. The airduct should go from the fan area down to the fresh food section. There should be a main air duct and a couple of return air ducts coming back up into the freezer section. Maybe one of the other guys here has a picture or remembers how that one comes apart.

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