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Frigidaire TRT18GREW5 sounds like it never shuts off [course I'm not here every moment]. Food and ice cubes in the freezer won't stay frozen; the fridge is working fine. I pulled the unit out from the wall to check what I think is the condensor (network of thin black coils across the back) but they really weren't all that dirty and cleaning it hasn't seemed to make a difference. The compressor and couple tubes back there are really hot [is this normal?]. What do I need to do? Thanks!

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Sure the fridge part works correctly? I'd start by confirming that, check the temperature (should be 34-40 degrees).

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Sounds like you might have a sealed system problem developing, how old is this box.  You might want to remove everything from the freezer and remove the back wall, while the frig is running, and tell us what the frost pattern looks like on the evapreator coil, the whole coil shoud be frosted but not clogged with ice....send a photo if possible

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OK, you're right. I bought a thermometer and it seems that the refrigerator temperature is hovering around 50 degrees with the control setting at 5 [out of 6]. What does this mean? The refrigerator continues to make a bunch of noise, what with the compressor running and almost a sound like waves or water running.

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The refrigerator was bought new by the previous owner of this condo in February, 2000.

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Sounds like you might have a sealed system problem developing, how old is this box.  You might want to remove everything from the freezer and remove the back wall, while the frig is running, and tell us what the frost pattern looks like on the evapreator coil, the whole coil shoud be frosted but not clogged with ice....send a photo if possible

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Do you mean remove the wall from inside the freezer? thanks, I'm working on this.

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Yes, you want to see what the frost pattern looks like on the evaperator coil, if it only has a partial frost pattern and part of it does not have any frost this will be a serious sealed system problem.  If the whole evaperator coil is clogged with frost you have a defrost problem and is not major and can be repaired. with little cost.  Also make sure the evaperator fan motor is running in the freezer when the back panel is removed.  You want this box running and cooling while you are doing this so be careful around any wires.

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The frost is only on the top row of coils.

Serious, hmmm. Is my refrigerator dying, doc?

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This is not good, you are either low on freon which means a freon leak, or a partial restriction.  By the purchase date this will all be out of warranty and will cost quite a bit of money, would guess at least $250.00, but would need to call local repair shops to get an estimate.

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However I do not know the sealed system warranty on Frigidaire, you need to see if this is still under warranty....

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Thought you might want to know - I finally got the Frigidaire authorized repair man out to look at my fridge. This was after Frigidaire told me on the phone that my repairs would be covered under sealed-system warranty. The repair man told me no, it wasn't covered, and it was probably too expensive to repair (about $300-400), could be either the compressor or a system leak, that'll be $65.00 please. He also advised me not to buy low-end appliances anymore if I wanted them to last more than a few years. Sheesh....  Sign me right up for another Frigidaire!

I'm over being livid now, and looking for another refrigerator. A cheap one, but without the condensor coils on the back of the fridge and in the front bottom instead. Any recommendations? Just need it to last till I sell this condo, maybe another year.

Thanks for your help!

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Look at a Roper or Estate, they are economy line Whirlpool brands, and perhaps the Inglis at Best Buy, but have not seen then yet yet, they are made by WP for sale in Canada but are starting to sell them here now, should be able to get a basic frig for $250-$300.00 and buy the extened warranty.;)

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