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Frigidaire Refrigerator Freezer is Cold But Refrigerator is Warm

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Refrigerator freezer is cold but refrigerator is warm are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Refrigerator freezer is cold but refrigerator is warm

Cause 1The Evaporator Coils are Frosted Over

The defrost heater assembly turns on a few times throughout the day to melt away any frost that may have accumulated on the evaporator coils. If the defrost heater assembly is defective, frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils, and the coils will become plugged with frost. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, the airflow through the coils will be restricted, causing the refrigerator not to cool. Check the evaporator coils to determine if they are frosted over. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, test each component of the defrost system.

Cause 2Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan motor draws cold air over the evaporator coils and circulates it throughout the freezer. If the evaporator fan is not working, the freezer or refrigerator will not cool adequately. To determine if the evaporator fan motor is defective, try turning the fan blade by hand. If the fan blade does not turn freely, replace the fan motor. Additionally, if the motor is unusually noisy, replace it. Finally, if the motor does not run at all, use a multimeter to test the motor windings for continuity. If the windings do not have continuity, replace the evaporator fan motor..

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Evaporator Fan Motor for your FrigidaireRefrigerator
Evaporator Fan Motor - Part # 1637660 Mfg Part # 5303918549

Evaporator fan motor kit, includes clips, terminal connectors, and instruction sheet *The motor has been updated by the manufacture. When the evaporator fan motor fails, it often generates a lot of noise in the freezer area.

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Cause 3Defrost Control Board

The defrost control board determines how often to run the defrost cycle. If the defrost control board fails, the refrigerator will not run the defrost cycle, and frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils. If the evaporator coils are frosted over, the refrigerator will work harder to remove heat. As a result, the refrigerator may be too warm. If the defrost thermostat and defrost heater are working properly, the defrost control board is likely defective and will need to be replaced.

Parts
Defrost Control Board for your FrigidaireRefrigerator
Defrost Control Board - Part # 1614983 Mfg Part # 5303918476

Refrigerator adaptive defrost control board. If the refrigerator does not automatically defrost then this board, the defrost heater, or defrost thermostat could be defective. Both the heater and thermostat can be tested using an ohm meter to determine which part is at fault.

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Cause 4Defrost Thermostat

The defrost thermostat monitors the temperature of the evaporator coils. When the coils drop below a set temperature, the thermostat contacts close to allow power to flow to the defrost heater during the defrost cycle. In the defrost cycle, the defrost heater melts any frost that may have accumulated on the evaporator coils. If the defrost thermostat is defective, the thermostat contacts will not close. As a result, the thermostat won’t provide power to the defrost heater. To determine if the defrost thermostat is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the defrost thermostat does not have continuity when it reaches the low temperature of its operating range, replace it.

Parts
Defrost Thermostat for your FrigidaireRefrigerator
Defrost Thermostat - Part # 892545 Mfg Part # 5303918214

Refrigerator defrost thermostat kit. The defrost thermostat monitors the temperature of the evaporator coils. When the coils drop below a set temperature, the thermostat sends power to the defrost heater. If the defrost thermostat is defective, the refrigerator will not defrost.

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Cause 5Defrost Thermostat

The defrost thermostat monitors the temperature of the evaporator coils. When the coils drop below a set temperature, the thermostat contacts close to allow power to flow to the defrost heater during the defrost cycle. In the defrost cycle, the defrost heater melts any frost that may have accumulated on the evaporator coils. If the defrost thermostat is defective, the thermostat contacts will not close. As a result, the thermostat won’t provide power to the defrost heater. To determine if the defrost thermostat is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the defrost thermostat does not have continuity when it reaches the low temperature of its operating range, replace it.

Parts
Defrost Thermostat for your FrigidaireRefrigerator
Defrost Thermostat - Part # 937239 Mfg Part # 240449601

Defrost thermostat and wire harness assembly

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