Not cooling refrig side

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Old 06-13-15, 07:57 AM
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Not cooling refrig side

Have an old (10+ yr?) Admiral side-by-side. Last week refrigerator side warmed up ; we defrosted and started over. Stayed cold for a week but it's warming up (50 degrees) again now. Freezer side is staying frozen.

What are some common issues I should check before giving up on it?
 
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With a model number I can give you better advice.

It sounds like the unit is not defrosting or may not be defrosting 100%.

There is a defrost heater element, defrost thermostat and defrost timer. The heater element and thermostat are attached to the evaporator cold coil. The timer could be down below or near the main thermostat location.

You also need to make sure that the coils under the fridge are clean and that the fan under there is running.
 
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New info, emptying it out this time we're seeing frost on the back wall of the freezer. Will find model no. Thanks!
 
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Model number GS24X8D.

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That is the family group. There are a few digits/letters missing.

The group seems to use a defrost timer which will make the troubleshooting easier.
 
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How about GS24X8DA
Serial number 10047466FZ
B/M DR84A

That's everything on the serial plate.

My wife says she alsp cleaned the coils last week when it started working for awhile.
 
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I like to look at the fridge in two pages. One link below is the picture view and the other is that parts list.

Diagram.... click on pic to expand.....
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parts list...
UNIT COMPARTMENT & SYSTEM Parts List for Model GS24X8DA Maytag| SearsPartsDirect
Pictorial 20 is the heating element.
Pictorial 30 is the heating element thermostat.
Pictorial 38 is the timer. It's located under the fridge.

The defrost timer has a place (see red arrow) where you can advance the timer. When turned to a certain place..... the compressor and fans should shut off and the heating element comes on in the freezer. This process is supposed to happen several times a day for usually around 20 minutes each time. You need to manually advance the timer to the defrost location and then check to see if the element is actually heating. If the element is not heating you'll need a meter to check voltages.

Here are the problems that could be happening....
1) The timer motor is shot and the timer never advances to the defrost point.
2) The timer is advancing but the switching contacts are bad.
3) The heating element is defective.
4) The heating element thermostat is defective/open. The thermostat cycles the defrost heater on and off during defrost to keep from overheating the freezer section and melting plastic.

Also... make sure the fan that blows air thru the fridge is working. You'll need to hold the door button in to check.
 
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Thanks! So the defrost not working is a likely cause of the temp increase on the fridge side, right? This started to happen less than a week after we manually defrosted it and cleaned the coils.
 
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In a high humidity area.... the coil can be frozen over in several days to a week.

Pull the cover off and see if the coils are iced up and you'll know.
 
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When you say coils do you meant the condenser (behind lower freezer) or the evaporator (behind upper freezer). The condenser coils were NOT frosted over this morning before we turned it off. The evaporator is apparently behind where the back wall of the freezer was frosting over as I mentioned earlier. We're in Florida humidity, but the fridge is in an air-conditioned area. The fan blowing from freezer to the fridge was blowing.
 
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