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Fridge not cool enough

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Aug 1, 2016
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Fridge not cool enough

Hi I have french door whirpool fridge, it is not cool as before (both freezer and cool compartments). About a month ago I cleaned up behind the freezer where a bunch of ice clogging). I had no issues after that but now the entire fridge not cool as usual. I’m sure I didn’t damage anything.
Fridge is 2010 model. Been running non stop, never serviced except for the icing clean up as mention above
Everything is running as normal, just not as cold as before
What can I check? Thanks
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You can add to the coolness factor by buying some Type R fridge magnets Winking Face

It sounds like a possible refrigerant loss issue if the ICE is on the outside. Thats not something you can repair DIY.
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these fridges have a single fan behind the inside back wall usually. that area gets filled with ice and stops cooling, you have to open the insides and get the ice out, and ensure the fan is operating.

i took mine apart last summer when it was barely cooling, there was a slab of ice the size of a small pillow inside it. took like 3 hours with a hair dryer just to get it cleaned up.

if you have the ability to take everything out and defrost for 3-4 days, thats an option also.
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Make sure the condenser coil fins are not clogged with layers of dust. Newer fridges have them hidden underneath the fridge with access via the front kick plate. I neglected vacuuming mine on a yearly basis and ended up replacing the fridge. It was a tough lesson. The symptoms of poor cooling was the same as yours. They sell special brushes to get underneath if you can't reach with a vac attachment. See link below.

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There should not be ice accumulation at the back of the freezer that prevents proper cooling.

The coil is supposed to automatically defrost.

A block drain tube can prevent the defrost water existing the freezer - the defrost mechanism can work, but the water just sits there and refreezes. Check that.

Bad defrost timer, heater or thermostat can prevent it from defrosting in the first place.

Just over-filling the freezer can also cause insufficient cooling too.
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Rokkin wrote: Make sure the condenser coil fins are not clogged with layers of dust. Newer fridges have them hidden underneath the fridge with access via the front kick plate. I neglected vacuuming mine on a yearly basis and ended up replacing the fridge. It was a tough lesson. The symptoms of poor cooling was the same as yours. They sell special brushes to get underneath if you can't reach with a vac attachment. [/url]
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Whirlpool makes it extremely difficult to clean the dust from the bottom. There's just not much space there at the bottom of the fridge. I have a cat so that adds to my dust problem.
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Rokkin wrote: They sell special brushes to get underneath if you can't reach with a vac attachment.
Have the problem with a Kenmore. Where does one get these brushes from?
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thriftshopper wrote: Have the problem with a Kenmore. Where does one get these brushes from?
They sell at various retailers. Home Depot sells them. They look like this. I've also seen them at Princess Auto, Amre Supply and I'm sure you can get them at any appliance parts stores.

I had a very thick layer of dust clogging my fins which led to poor cooling and ultimately, fridge replacement.
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titeo1106 wrote: ....About a month ago I cleaned up behind the freezer where a bunch of ice clogging). I had no issues after that but now the entire fridge not cool as usual. I’m sure I didn’t damage anything.....
I'm speculating that you have NOT cleared the drain hole situated at the bottom when you de-ice a month ago. Now the same occurred. Try with a wire hanger perhaps to open up and use a hair dryer to hasten the melt. Good luck.

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