I have an issue with my refrigerator being too warm. There is also some condensation making shelves wet, and water dripping from vents but this may be the condensation. Freezer seems to be OK. When I took the back panel of freezer off (after one hour after the defrost cycle) I noticed that only a small section of fins freezing over, not the whole grid. I don't know if it should all have frost after 1-hour? The condenser is also very hot to the touch... normal? Wondering if I have some switch or thermostat going bad. Wondering what parts I can try replacing. Any thoughts?
Answer Marc, All your descriptions and information would lead us to believe you have a sealed system failure. Within 10 to 15 minutes of starting the refrigerator, there should be an even build up of frost on the complete evaporator coil in the freezer. Any area without frost would indicate a restriction in the system or a loss of refrigerant. The condenser coil will be very warm or maybe slightly hot, this is where the heat from the system is exchanged so it'll be warmer than room temperature, but not extremely hot unless there's a system failure. To test or repair the refrigerator, you'll need a certified refrigeration technician with the proper tools and equipment to test and repair the sealed system properly.
Part Number AP3133073 cold control. Top mount freezer. What does this part work on electrically to control the temps in the bottom part of the refrigerator? The freezer temps are fine but the bottom part does not get cold enough.
The cold control will operate the entire unit. You will want to check the evaporator fan motor in the freezer to see if it is running. Check the drain in the freezer behind the wall to make sure that it is not clogged and subsequently causing water to get into the air ducts causing them to freeze. Check for a defrost system failure. If coils are impacted with ice check the heater and the thermostat to make sure that they are good. You would check them for continuity. If there is no continuity then you would replace the part. If both check ok and the coils are impacted with ice then the defrost timer is faulty.
My refrigerator has stopped cooling. Cleaned coils,checked fan is working.
Unpluged overnight as freezer was freezing up.
Plugged back in this morning freezer is slowly freezing ice.
Refrigerator side was cold then has begun to to loose coldness all day.
What part is bad? Thank you for your help
It sounds like you may have a defrost problem with the unit. Check and see if there is any frost build up on the back wall of the freezer. If so, you will need to test the defrost heater and the defrost thermostat. They should read closed for continuity when cold. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. I will include a link at the end to assist you how to use the multi-meter if needed. If both parts are good, you will need to replace the defrost timer. Once the problem is repaired, you will need to thaw out the ice on the coils before the unit will operate properly. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
Is there a procedure to test the cold control (AP3133073)?
Answer Hello Vince. When on, at room temp, the contacts should close to pass power. If not, it is bad. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html