My refrigerator quit cooling. I have been noticing that the freezer temperature would sometimes be warmer (3 or 4 degrees) than the O degrees it is set. The next day it would be back to 0. This has been going on for a month or so. The other day both the freezer (13 degrees) and refrigerator (40 degrees) started getting much warmer. All the lights still work. I removed the panel on the back of the fridge and the condenser fan was running and the compressor seemed to be running but the output line was not cold. I tapped around on the relay and the compressor sounded like it kicked in and the output line started getting cold. This lasted for less than a minute and then the output line got warm and I could not get it to do this again. I am wondering if this is the overload/start relay not working or is there something else that could be causing this?
ANSWER Hello Lynn,
The discharge tube on the compressor should not be cold it should be hot. The suction line would be room temp to cool at best. Make sure that the condenser coils are clean. check to make sure that the evaporator fan is running. Double check the evaporator to make sure that it is not getting impacted by frost. If the evap is getting impacted by frost or ice this would be a defrost type of problem.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Wednesday, January 23, 2013