Freezer blows cool air but no air at all in the fridge compartment

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Old 07-01-20, 10:12 AM
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Freezer blows cool air but no air at all in the fridge compartment

Hi,

I have a fridge which is about 9 months old and it stopped cooling. The freezer blows cool/cold air (colder than room temperature air), but no air at all in the fridge compartment.

Here is what I see.
- Blows cool air in the freezer (a little cooler than room temperature, 55 F degrees maybe).
- No air seems to be blowing in the fridge (bottom compartment) at all.
- The compressor seems to be working, it makes a little humming noise and it feels warm.
- Some of the pipes feel warm and some cool (not super cold but colder than room temperature).

Here is what I see when I turn it on (plug it in).
- The frizzier’s fan turns on as soon as I plug it in but shuts off after 2 or 3 seconds.
- After about 15-20 seconds the freezer’s fan turns on again followed by the compressor.

FRIDGE INFORMATION:
Brand: Criterion
Model# CTMR180M1W

Any idea what could be wrong based on what I'm describing above and the pictures below?

Based on the reading below, does the compressor and the PTC (relay) seem to be working fine?

Here is what see when the fridge is running:



Here is the fridge number



Compressor Information



Compressor Readings



PTC Readings


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Old 07-01-20, 12:43 PM
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Have you removed the interior panels so you can look at the coil to make sure it's not iced over?
 
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Old 07-01-20, 12:56 PM
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No, I have not, but the fridge has been sitting in the garage for four (4) days, I wouldn't think that's the case.
 
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It does sound like the compressor is running so the PTC is probably OK.
But just because the compressor runs it does not mean that the sealed system is OK.

It is only 9 months old so should be still under warranty so get it fixed under warranty !!!
 
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So you think it could be the compressor not being sealed?

It may be under warranty but trying to hold of customer support is a problem, Criterion is a cheap (POS) brand :-(.
 
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Old 07-01-20, 03:44 PM
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I believe what Manden is saying is that the system has a leak somewhere and has lost all or most of it's refrigerant. This is a "sealed system", meaning that the refrigerant shouldn't leak out and doesn't need replacing under normal circumstances. However, in your case, it appears that something happened and the system has a leak causing the refrigerant to leak out.
 
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Thank you all for your advice.
 
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It could be a sealed system leak (refrigerant line,Condenser, Evaporator, or other part of the sealed system has a hole or otherwise). I personally would not mess with that unit due to the fact that R600A is basically lighter fluid (Isobutane) and thus is extremely flammable. What ever happened to R134A or R12
 
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I haven't seen much R600a in fridges. It's flammable but typically it just slowly pisses out which would render it pretty safe. I think R600 is more widely used in Europe.

R12 was banned. R134 is still in use.
 
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R12 was good stuff (not the environment though) a fully charged and properly working car AC with that stuff was like living on the north pole, my Father had a 1979 Ford Thunderbird that cars ac was frigid (that ac made the gas disappear much faster then normal though)
 
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