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[FIXED] Side-by-side, no water and warm-top/cold-bottom

avalchfan

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Interesting problem. Noticed a couple of days ago that the water dispenser/ice-maker wasn't working.

Last night, opened freezer, and water was dripping all over the place from the ice-maker. It froze in the lower half though.

Didn't really notice it getting warm.

Tonight, opened freezer, and top half is defrosted, bottom half is still frozen.

Fridge is running 65 degrees or so.

When I turn the fridge control off and up to the maximum, never hear the condenser start, but if I do the same with the freezer control, I can hear the condenser start. No air blowing from vents.

I removed the water filter and hit the water dispenser, and nothing came out.

Any ideas? I see in a thread that it might be the defrost thermostat..
http://www.applianceblog.com/mainfo...a-side-side-top-half-freezer-not-working.html

Could that be it?

I'll pull out the fridge and see if the fan spins.

Thanks!
John.
 

Jake

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Yes, possibly your defrost thermostat.

Do you hear your evaporator(freezer) fan in your freezer blowing?

Jake
 

avalchfan

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Ok, little bit of cold air coming from rear bottom of freezer. Frost all over the lower 1.5 feet on the back of the freezer.

Not sure if the air movement is a fan, or just the cold air flowing to the lower part.

Fridge and freezer empty now, and fridge is still 65 degrees.

Thanks Jake!
John.
 

Jake

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Ok, you'll likely need to remove the lower back panel from inside your freezer section and look at the evaporator coils, then you can clearly see if the fan is running.

Let me know.

Jake
 

avalchfan

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Ok, checked this morning and I could hear and feel the fan working in the freezer.

Fridge is now about 48, and I have the valve/vent between the fridge and freezer open to let the air circulate.

Water still isn't working.

I can check/obtain more info at lunch.

This seems to be the best $5 I have ever spent. :)

After this is fixed/troubleshot, I will have a dishwasher latch question too :)

Thanks.
John.
 

Jake

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Did your evaporator coils ALL have just a thin layer of frost on them? Not caked up?

Jake
 

avalchfan

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It looked more frosted this morning. The vents at the bottom had a layer of frost, and from what I could see of the coils, they were frosted up too.

Just removed the panel and took a pic. Lots of frost on top.

Fridge is still 48 degrees or so.



I'm going to turn off the freezer for the afternoon and see if that helps.

Thanks!
John
 

avalchfan

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Also, after being turned off all afternoon, the water is working now..

This sound like the defrost thermostat? Or the timer?
 

Jake

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I'd say it would be the defrost thermostat thats starting to go bad, intermittently working, so is all the frost at the top gone now? Put the panel back on till you get the new one, it should start cooling better in the refrigerator section with the frost at the top gone and the panel back on.:)

Here's the one for your model you can order:
Defrost thermostat with wire harness, clip-on, L48-33 degrees
(The manufacturer has replaced part number 12017823 with this item, part number R0161088.)



Jake
 

avalchfan

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How long can it run before it needs to be 'defrosted' again?

It's running well at the moment.

Basically if I order the part, and it takes a few days to get here, how many times do I need to defrost it, or should I not put food in it until I get it fixed?

Thanks Jake!!
 

Jake

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It should be fine for about 3-5 days, but it would be good to order the part today.:)

Jake
 

avalchfan

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Ok installed the thermostat.. The old one looks like the plastic cap was coming off and some of the substance inside was being pushed out.

Should know in a few days if it worked or not..

Will let you know.

Thanks!
John.
 

Jake

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Ok installed the thermostat.. The old one looks like the plastic cap was coming off and some of the substance inside was being pushed out.

Yes John, thats a sure sign too that it was the defrost thermostat that was the culprit.

Good job.:)

Jake
 

Jake

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Excellent John, thanks for the update.:)

Jake
 
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