Refrigerator only partialy cooling

Frigidaire Gallery about 6 yrs old (Model# FRS26ZGGW6)
Was working fine then seemed to stop cooling. Pull out and cleaned all the lint etc. from coils and it seemed to get better but its not back to full function. Won't make ice but if I put ice in the bin its cold enough not to melt. On the food side it is just cool enough to keep things from spoiling (so far).
Any tips much appreciated.
Frank
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What temperature do you have the thermostat set at? Set to coldest setting for starters. Does the compressor cycle regularly? Too often? Not very often?
Cycle the bail on the ice maker to get the thing to release cubes and refill. This may take a couple of cycles, if it is air locked.
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professorpaul wrote:

Did that.

How can I tell? I can hear it running but haven't noticed it cycle.

I've had my dances with the ice maker in the past (r&r dozens of times for maker and water pump) and I *was* wondering about some sort of air lock (I just changed the water filter when this happened) but I don't know what you mean by "cycle the bail" exactly. How do I get it to cycle?
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The bail is the wire thing that, when lifted up by the ice in the ice maker, stops making ice. If you lift it up until it clicks, then push it down, that will cause the ice maker motor and valve assembly to cycle.
Read the instructions about the filter. If it is full of air, and the filtered water feeds the ice maker, then that is most likely the problem.
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professorpaul wrote:

Ah, I figured it would be obvious.

This box has a water and ice dispenser. After I changed the filter it blew air and sputtered, but now the water comes out fine. Is there a separate way to check the flow to the ice tray?
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For some stupid reason, if you set both refrigerator knobs to coldest, you get a cold freezer, and a warm refrigerator.
Now that you've undusted the coils, return the knobs to center of the range, and see what happens.
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i had similar problem with fridgidaire.
turned out the auto-defrost relay (?) wasn't functioning. this caused ice to form and wouldn't allow cold air to reach the refridgerator part-freezer worked ok.
not sure if it was a relay-it was some kind of timer that allowed heaters to cut on and melt ice for defrosting.
hope this helps.
Frigidaire Gallery about 6 yrs old (Model# FRS26ZGGW6)
Was working fine then seemed to stop cooling. Pull out and cleaned all the lint etc. from coils and it seemed to get better but its not back to full function. Won't make ice but if I put ice in the bin its cold enough not to melt. On the food side it is just cool enough to keep things from spoiling (so far).
Any tips much appreciated.
Frank
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Check the condenser fan. You probably already know where it is; most likely you removed a wad of dust from it when you were cleaning the coils. It pulls cool air in over the coils and then blows hot air out over the pan where the defrosted water drips. If the fan stops working, the refrigerator will still stay kind of cool, but it will have to work very hard and things won't be as cold as they should be.
Another possibility is the self-defrost. If the defrost timer or defrost thermostat fails, then it won't defrost properly and you'll get a big buildup of ice on the coils and the cold air won't circulate properly. You'll probably have to empty out the freezer and remove the back panel to get at the coils. This is always a tough thing to do when your frozen food is already close to thawing; you might want to buy some dry ice beforehand so you don't lose all your frozen stuff.
If you have it all opened up and don't find a frost buildup, then, while it's still open, turn it on and let it run for a few minutes. If you see frost build up on only the first few inches of coil after the compressor, then the compressor is probably bad.
These are the things I've learned from experience. In a few more years, I may have others to add to the list.
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On Thu, 27 Jul 2006 18:33:22 -0400, "Nick Danger"

That was my problem. First it was a dead mouse. Three months later I thought I had mice again, but it was a piece of insulation from the fridge, stuck in the fan.
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