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Cold freezer/warm refrigerator

My Frigidaire Gallery model#FRT22RGCW4 top freezer is cold/bottom frigerator is warm. Could it be the defrost heater or t-stat?

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Same problem with Frigidaire Gallery model#GLRT182SAW5 (dated 2002 on back of case)

Vents were blocked with ice. Vents (from top compartment to lower) located behind light. You can check by poking a chopstick up the (2) holes; be careful not to hit fan blades.

Solution:

- took freezer coil cover off in back; checked that defrost heater element was working (marked and rotated the timer in the hole next to light); checked that fan working. Found ice in the vents and defrost drip area. Got it out with hair dryer.

- cleaned compressor coils in back (check fan is rotating; also tweaked some of the compressor tubing bends to make them more smooth - read somewhere about a manufacturing defect ...); blew out drip tube from defroster while down there.

- Set the freezer control to WARM and the refrig control to COLD (THIS SHOULD IMPROVE AIR FLOW FROM TOP TO BOTTOM).

- Put thermometers in top and bottom. Checked that refrigerator cycles (not running continuously). Checked that cold air is coming down from (2) vents behind light.

OK: so far, so good. Lower compartment is 40 or under. Top is under 18.

CONCLUSION: Suspect marginal design. Had problems with another similar model where defroster ice doesn't drain correctly, pools and refreezes. Leading to blocked vents as well as blocked defroster drain and similar problem including dripping water from top to bottom and warm bottom.

MAYBE KEEPING THE FREEZER CONTROL AT WARM GETS AROUND THE PROBLEM?? ANYWAY, ITS WORKING FOR ME FOR NOW !!

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

  • Richard Eisenman
    Richard Eisenman Dec 15, 2008

    Same problem with Frigidaire Gallery model#GLRT182SAW5 (dated 2002 on back of case)



    Vents were blocked with ice. Vents (from top compartment to lower)
    located behind light. You can check by poking a chopstick up the (2)
    holes; be careful not to hit fan blades.



    Solution:



    - took freezer coil cover off in back; checked that defrost heater
    element was working (marked and rotated the timer in the hole next to
    light and noted that it rotates through the cycle ...); checked that fan working. Found ice in the vents and defrost
    drip area. Got it out with hair dryer.



    - cleaned compressor coils in back (check fan is rotating; also tweaked
    some of the compressor tubing bends to make them more smooth - read
    somewhere about a manufacturing defect ...); blew out drip tube from
    defroster while down there.



    - Set the freezer control to WARM and the refrig control to COLD (THIS SHOULD IMPROVE AIR FLOW FROM TOP TO BOTTOM).



    - Put thermometers in top and bottom. Checked that refrigerator cycles
    (not running continuously). Checked that cold air is coming down from
    (2) vents behind light.



    OK: so far, so good. Lower compartment is 40 or under. Top is under 10.



    CONCLUSION: Suspect marginal design. Had problems with another similar
    model where defroster ice doesn't drain correctly, pools and refreezes.
    Leading to blocked vents as well as blocked defroster drain and similar
    problem including dripping water from top to bottom and warm bottom.



    MAYBE KEEPING THE FREEZER CONTROL AT WARM GETS AROUND THE PROBLEM?? ANYWAY, ITS WORKING FOR ME FOR NOW !!

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