Model #FRT18IL6JB3 FRIGIDAIRE Top-Mount Refrigerator

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Frigidaire fridge not cooling

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Trouble shooting help is indispensable when it comes to keeping your food cold.  If you're in a tight spot, I would recommend dry ice which is an excellent preservative and will keep food frozen.  You can find it in the Yellow Pages.  Also consider that it could well be your compressor but it might also be that the coolant for your sealed system might need to be replenished.  I've located a brief link that will discuss this issue in more detail.    Click here to view the link.  Though this link discusses a different model number,
the mechanics are likely going to be very similar.  Keep in mind that an expert will be
responding within the next two business days if not sooner and will likely offer you more information and
instruction. I hope this information will be helpful and have a nice day.

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Henry -
July 14, 2013
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Thanks. I considered a coolant replenishment, but the fridge is only 3 years old. Isnt that way to soon for new freon?

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travis -
July 14, 2013
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Thanks for contacting manage my life about your refrigerator model FRT18IL6JB3; sorry you are having a problem, I will be glad to assist you. One of the most common reasons for cooling failure is a clogged condenser coil, if that is an area you cleaned I suggest revisiting the coil area and clean it. 'If you have already cleaned this coil and the fan in the freezer is operating, if the fan at the condenser is not running fast enough to cool the condenser that could be an issue. The fan on the condenser is not a high speed fan but it does operate fast enough to move air quietly around the coils and compressor. _Always disconnect power supply before servicing the appliance and when testing live voltage be sure to wear proper safety equipment (gloves and eye protection) also be aware of sharp metals on product_

If the compressor is running, pull the cover from the inside back of the freezer section and see if the evaporator coil is frosting at all, there should be a frost pattern over the entire coil after about 15 minutes of running. If there is not frost on the coil but instead it is sweating or dry there is a sealed system issue and service will be required.

Here is link for Sears Parts Direct. Last if the compressor is not running and coils in condenser are clean, you will need service as the compressor may be bad. I hope this helps, if you need more help reply with added details and I will be happy to respond.  If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services. Ron H.   

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Ron H -
Sears Technician
July 16, 2013
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I just replaced the upper and lower fans because they were real sluggish. I also replaced the starter relay to the compressor. Before the compressor was getting hot and not kicking on. Now the compressor is cool and i can hear coolant moving around. I will wait 15 minutes and check for frost in the evaporator fins. I immediately feel no cold air blowing into the freezer after 10 minutes.

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travis -
July 16, 2013
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Hi Travis , it will take about an hour before feeling much cold air then another 6-8 hours to determine if it will freeze. leave doors closed as much as possible for best results. If compressor is running and not cooling there is a sealed system issue and you should call for service . Ron H.

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Ron H -
Sears Technician
July 17, 2013
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So a service tech came out. Quickly determined i have a leak somewhere in the system. The repair cost of sealing the leak is just as much as a new fridge. Now I have a fridge with 200$ in brand new parts that wont work. TEch said if i wanted to try using a peircing valve and putting in a stop leak with freon it could work. even though thats not the approved method. Maybe ill try that later. But i need to get a new fridge.

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travis -
July 17, 2013
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Thanks Travis for the update, sorry to hear the sealed system is leaking. Ron H.

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Ron H -
Sears Technician
July 18, 2013
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