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My LFX21980ST LG refrigerator for some reason is not keeping

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My LFX21980ST LG refrigerator for some reason is not keeping the ice in the ice bin cold enough because it keeps melting slowly and the water drips on the front door of the refrigerator
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 11 months ago.
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If water is dripping from the dispenser and you have an ice maker in the door, check to see if the ice maker is on or off. If the ice maker has been turned off, the bucket must be emptied of all ice cubes, or they will melt and leak out of the dispenser. This is because when the ice maker is off, air is not directed from the freezer to the ice maker compartment. If the ice maker is on, make certain the door to the ice maker is completely shut.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.

i checked all those probable causes before i posted my question..the ice maker switch is on and all the doors are closed but the ice keeps melting for some reason

Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 11 months ago.
You circulating fan to the icemaker compartment may be bad or jammed. That is the likely problem then.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

i also checked that by closing one door while holding the open/close button on the opened door pressed and feeling the fan that goes to the ice bucket, the fan is working fine

Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 11 months ago.
Ok what do you have the freezer set at and how cold is the freezer?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

the freezer is at -6 and refrigerator at 36...and for some reason everything i have in my freezer is not frozen even though its kinda cold in there

Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 11 months ago.
Ok, that all makes a lot more sense. There is an issue with the cooling system. You need to remove the back panel in the freezer and check the evaporator coil. Likely you will see part of the coil is frosty while the rest is bare aluminum. If you see that you have a sealed system issue with a freon leak. That is why it will maintain refrigerator temps and not freezer temps. Secondly you should check the evaporator fan in the freezer to make sure that is running as well. Lastly you can check the fan by the compressor behind the unit and see how hot the compressor is...but from what you are describing it is looking like a sealed system leak.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

if its a sealed system issue with a freon leak...how do i fix that?

Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 11 months ago.
You could not fix that as you would need licensing and special tools, gauges, torch, vacuum pump etc... to repair. You would need to get a licensed refrigeration repair company to fix that issue. Find out first by removing the back rear panel in the freezer to check it out first, but I think that is the issue.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.

im pretty sure you are right..since im on the east coast(new york) its 1:41 am...so i will take off that freezer panel as soon as i wake up...thank you very much for your help..i really appreciate it

Expert:  Appliance Guru replied 11 months ago.
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