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whirlpool SxS (1998) fridge side not cold enough


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#1 ronin

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Posted 19 May 2005 - 09:33 PM

I inherited a Whirlpool SxS Fridge from my brother.  It's aprox from 1998.  It is not cooling as well as I think it should be.  The freezer side seems to be working just fine but the Fridge side just doesn't seem as cold as it should be.

The condenser coils were dirty as heck.  I cleaned this up but it did not resolve the problem.  Although it seemed to make the freezer side colder.  I noticed that of the 2 air vents in the Fridge side, only the smaller upper vent is blowing any cold air.  It's not even very strong.  The lower larger vent is not blowing any cold air at all.

Is this an issue with a fan? If it is why is the freezer side nice and frozen with lots of cold air circulating?  Is there a seperate fan for the fridge side?  Perhaps it's completely another item?  Should I yank out all the frozen goods and see if the Evaporator coils are snowed in?  If I should replace a part can anyone tell me what it is and where I can order it?

Thanks for any help.  In the meantime I will be drinking my milk faster!! :)


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Posted 19 May 2005 - 11:38 PM

Sounds like a good possiblity that you have a defrost problem. Did the unit work correctly for about the first 5-7days then the refrig section started warming up?

If so than most deffinitely a defrost problem.


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Posted 20 May 2005 - 11:50 AM

Remove the back bottom panel inside of the freezer, and bet you will see a wall of ice.  You will have a bad defrost heater, bi-metal or defrost timer/ADC.  Or a combination of the three. You can get the parts here when we determine what you need.  Defrosting all of the ice will buy you 2-5 days of cooling till you get it repaired.  Be sure to remove the ice every day or 3 till it is fixed... :)
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Posted 20 May 2005 - 12:48 PM

1st       is the evaporator fan motor running, it's the one inside the freezer section? 

2nd      do you have both of the controls set at the midpoints. The freezer control only open or closes the air shutter in the diffuser(that's the air vent at the top left of the frig compartment). turning it to "colder" will starve the frig section of cold air. Often people have it set all the way to "colder"

3rd      when the evaporator fan is running, close the freezer door and see how much air is coming out. Then open the freezer door  and see if the air flow is greatly increased. If so, the air inlet vent(the lower vent in the frig compartment) may be filled with frost. if so you need to spend a bunch of time and melt it out completely.

4th      check the diffuser to see if it is full of frost. if so melt it out completely

5th      be careful melting the frost out, Your liner, diffuser,and air vents are all plastic, they will melt or warp if you use too much heat.

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 12:50 PM

Also make sure your condenser fan is running, it's the one down by the compressor.

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