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I'm starting to defrost the freezer now. When it does defrost, will the fridge start working again? I'm hoping I can keep using it until I get the new defrost bulb.
Thank you. I've got all of the ice removed. I see the heater at the bottom of where the frost was. I'll order a new one this evening.
There appears to be a fan on the top left of the fridge side. Is that where the cold air blows in from the freezer side? I'm hoping to verify that it's working before I go to bed tonight (about 3 hours from now).
After running overnight with both sides set at the coldest level, the freezer is at about 5 degrees, the refrigerator is around 45. Seems like the refrigerator is still not working correctly. What's my next step to diagnose the issue?
There certainly was a lot of frost before I started last night. There was solid ice around parts of the coil. I had the coils completely defrosted last night. It seems to be frosting back up pretty quickly. The picture below shows how much has accumulated in about 14 hours. (Maybe there was a lot of humidity in the freezer when I turned it back on.) Do I need to defrost again to get the fridge to cool better? The new defroster I purchased is supposed to be delivered tomorrow or Thursday.
Sorry. Couldn't send the picture. Kept getting "Access Denied" error on the web site. If it would help, I can send via an alternate method.
I've defrosted again. I don't think there was 1/8 inch on the coils. I was able to remove all of the frost in 5-10 minutes. The refrigerator is still struggling though. I've been putting containers of ice in the fridge to help it out but it's staying at 45-48 degrees.
I don't see where there could be any additional frost. The coils are completely free of frost, there is no buildup behind the ice maker, the only place in the freezer that I can't see is where the fan motor is but the fan is operating so I assume there is no buildup there.
The freezer seems to be operating correctly since I defrosted last night. It has been holding at 0-8 degrees F since last night and is making ice just fine. It's the refrigerator side that is not cooling completely.
There is an opening with what appears to be a fan on the top of the partition between the freezer and refrigerator. Should there be a stream of cold air coming through there?
As you've suggested, I have unplugged the unit. I'll give an update tomorrow.
Refrigerator was unplugged for 24 hours and now has been plugged back in for about 18 hours. I set both sides to coldest setting. Freezer is currently at 8-10 degrees, fridge is at 43-47. I've gone around all sides with a dollar bill to check that the doors are sealing properly, which they are. What do we need to check next?
The refrigerator is fixed. The defrost/heater assembly arrived yesterday so I installed it. While working on it, I noticed that the back panel of the freezer, which had been on the floor leaning up against the refrigerator, had slots at the bottom. It occurred to me that the purpose of the panel might be more than just protecting the coils...it might force air flow over the coils to better circulate air in the freezer. After reattaching the back panel in the freezer, I checked the circulation through the opening from freezer to fridge. The cold airflow into the fridge increased dramatically...probably about five-fold. I let it run overnight. This morning the freezer is around zero and the fridge is at 35.
In retrospect, the initial defrosting probably fixed the problem. If I had reattached the back panel at that time, I think it would have worked fine. It's working now and that's what matters.