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Original post: Freezer cold / hot fridge

bicly Member

Hi I have a Whirlpool ED5THAXMS00 freezer is at zero degrees but the fridge is about 55 degrees. The refrigerator is almost constantly running. Turns off for about 4 minutes and then back to 1

0-15. I let it thaw for 24 hours but still have problems. I opened my back and didn't see anything clogged. I turned it on a fan on the back run. I disassembled the air duct to make sure nothing was there. I checked that the fight is open. Coils are clean, coils in the back are not frozen. I can hear water dripping out of the bottom so it is not clogged. Have I missed something? Is there another fan that moves air from the fridge to the freezer?

Please and thank you.

man Member

"coils in the back are frozen over"

If the above means they are frozen because the fan cannot draw air through them then you have a defrosting problem.

bicly Thread Starter

forgot a keyword of the "not"

man Member

The only fan moving air in the unit is in the freezer.

Do you feel that cold air enters the section with fresh food from the freezer?

Many units have a valve lower on the wall between the two sections, if your unit has this, make sure it is clear on both sides.

Check the evaporator / freezer coils for frost. It should be fairly even across the coils. If it is only in one area (usually where the freon comes into the coils, you are likely to have a sealed system problem.

You said you checked the damper. Is it wide open?

Check the door closures. Take a two inch wide Place it between the door seal and the unit frame and then pull it out to see if the seal is good. Do this about eight inches around both doors.

bicly Thread Starter

Cold air enters at the top of the fridge, seems low volume but not sure what is normal. Leaving it open / connected to a day may have hidden the problem. After driving about 8 hours this coil looks like, a little more frost above I think it is the time card, is there a manual way to put it in defrost mode so I can verify that it is not the heater and it is the time card? If it is a board, is this a regular board or s Can I look for model numbers and exact replacements?

Does the thermostat need further testing? The compressor and fan turn off when I turn off the thermostat all the way. As soon as I turn it a little clockwise, the compressor and the fan press.

The image attached is after driving 8 hours after one day closed and the doors are opened. Is it too much frost? I have had this refrigerator for eight years, it came with the house, I never opened the rear coils, looks like someone was here before.

Thanks again!

 freezer electronics

bicly Thread Starter

So I found out how to put it in defrost mode. Turn off the thermostat and unplug it for about a minute and reconnect it. The heating coil was sure to heat up and run for about 8-10 minutes and then stopped heating. I think it is the timer for the timer. Or should I do further troubleshooting? Thought?

Again, thank you!

bicly Thread Starter

Further observation, now that I plugged it back in after defrosting "reset" it runs much longer than 10 minutes (has been 40 with compressor running and still running). I don't remember the compressor that ran more than 10 minutes this morning when I first plugged it in after being off and the doors opened a full day. Maybe the manual defrost restored some kind of logic? I still plan to try to find a board in town tomorrow (Sunday). Updated if this "reset" fixed it or not.

bicly Thread Starter

13+ hours later after leaving it switched off, the doors open for 24 hours … Still almost constantly running. The seal is fine, can feel the resistance when opening the doors. Completely empty fridge / freezer. Freeze at 0 degrees, refrigerator at 55. The airway seems OK, the defrost heater works which means that the thermostat on the rear coil also works, the fan on both coils works well. The main thermostat seems to work because the refrigerator is running. Bottom coils without debris, back coils that are not stuck with ice. Insert the defrost through two manual heating-induced defrosting, the second time no water heard dripping. What do I miss? What other troubleshooting steps can I take?

AllanJ Member

Are there two numbered knobs or knobs inside, one for the freezer and one for the main refrigerator? Sometimes one of them does nothing but mechanically open and close an air gap between the sections. It is an analog (read: sincere) trial and error balancing action that you need to do with the steering wheel.

man Member

Unfortunately, I can't say what you're missing.

Hard to tell if the coils freeze from the picture but if they are white due to frost and not just the light on the picture they look good to me.

The freezer seems OK and I can't see why the fresh food side is not getting cold enough.

bicly Thread Starter

Thanks for the answers, this is weird. After not touching it another day, the fridge turns to 45, which I guess is better but not as it was. Will start with thermostat replacement.

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