Freezer is Cold & Refrigerator is Warm – Top 7 Reasons/Fixes – Kenmore, Whirlpool, Frigidaire & more

Freezer is Cold & Refrigerator is Warm – Top 7 Reasons/Fixes – Kenmore, Whirlpool, Frigidaire & more

Refrigerator Too Warm? – Top 8 reasons and EASY DIY instructions to get your Refrigerator back to working order. For the full article, please visit:

Reason #1: Defrost timer: This part controls the defrost cycle of the refrigerator, switching the fridge between defrost and cooling cycles. If the fridge feels warm, the defrost timer may caused the evaporator to freeze up, allowing the fridge to become warm.

Reason #2: Defrost Thermostat: The defrost thermostat is a safety device that cuts off the defrost cycle if the freezer gets too warm. This protects the freezer from overheating and spoiling food. If the thermostat has failed, the fridge may become too warm to keep food cool.

Reason #3: Defrost Heater: The heater heats the fridge to melt the ice off the evaporator during the defrost cycle. If the refrigerator is too warm, the defrost heater may have failed and need to be tested or replaced.

Reason #4: Defrost Temperature Sensor: This sensor tells the control board the temperature inside the fridge and shuts off the heater if it gets too warm. If the sensor isn’t working, it could prevent the refrigerator from defrosting.

Reason #5: Cold Control: The part you set the refrigerator temperature with is the cold control. If the temperature is too warm, the cold control could be going bad and need to be repaired or replaced.

Reason #6: Temperature Sensor: Tells the control board the temperature inside the refrigerator so it can run defrost and cooling cycles as needed. If the fridge is too warm, it could be that the sensor is misreading temperature within the fridge. Test according to the steps within the video, and replace the part if necessary.

Reason #7: Evaporator fan motor: It turns the fan blade to circulate cold air around the fridge unit. If the fridge is too warm, the evaporator fan motor may be failing to cool the fridge and need to be fixed or replaced.

Reason #8: Air Damper: The air damper controls how much cold air is circulating within the refrigerator from the freezer. If the fridge is too warm, it could need to be replaced or fixed.

The ‘Top 8 Reasons Your Refrigerator is Too Warm’ video covers all major brands of Refrigerator, including: GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, LG, Kenmore/Sears, Samsung, KitchenAid, and others.

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  1. April Bonham on April 15, 2022 at 6:18 pm


  2. Philip Lyman on April 15, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    I found the defrost cycle thermostat has failed. I would also like to check the defrost timer. but I can’t find it on my Kenmore Elite, Model 596.76253701. Not in the control module, not behind the kick-plate and not with the compressor down back? Anyone know if some models have an all-electronic timer? Or where it might be? Great video otherwise — short and to the point — and clear as a bell. I’ll get my parts here for sure.

  3. Phillip Herman on April 15, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    My refrigerator is an older one I’ll get the part number for you in a minute model # ET1BNmxfNB0

  4. Chris Leblanc on April 15, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the video. I got a used fridge where the freeze was fine but the fridge was warm. I went through your video and everything checked out till I got to fan in the freezer. Someone the bolts that held the motor together got broken. I thought maybe it got put down hard when someone moved it. The fan could turn on occasion but not always. I took it apart and got the broken bolts out. Luckily they stuck out enough to grab with vicegrips. I found replacement metal screws at home depot. All back together and now the fan turns great.

  5. Mitch Ormson on April 15, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for these tutorials. Doesn’t make me an expert, but they are very informative and helpful.

  6. Edward Verlie on April 15, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Great job, so direct and concise.

  7. bert struik on April 15, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    This video is very helpful. The presenter is very clear and concise and the video has good audio, video and story. It helped me diagnose the problem on my fridge/freezer as a defective defrost thermostat. That was on a Magic Chef fridge from 1992.

  8. Israel James on April 15, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    What if it needs freon?

  9. Samuel Guzman on April 15, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent job on describing the reasons for the refrigerator not cooling properly.

  10. victor romero on April 15, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I’ve been a FAN of you guys for a long time, you are the source of knowledge, and equipments maintanence for all my appliances, thank you for being there. Keep Safe. Caracas – Venezuela

  11. Lorina Broda on April 15, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Great video! Just the information I have been looking for! Thank you for explaining how to use a multimeter.

  12. zithertube on April 15, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Why my kitchenAid fridge Do Not have relay part on Compressor? Is that normal?

  13. Michael Powell on April 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Hey!! Is your refrigerator running???? Well… You better go catch it!!!!!!!!

  14. PleiadianSister on April 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    You are amazing and clear at explaining things. Love your vids lol, I’m the repair woman in my house and your vids help so much.

  15. savage420bansheeyo on April 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Awesome.Thank you. Great video.
    Waiting on my new evaporator fan to come in.

  16. amlite on April 15, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    continuity is NOT checked with the multimeter set in Diode-check position, lol @5:03 @8:14
    press the function button until the continuity/beep symbol is displayed
    the diode check mode is for checking a voltage drop across a diode

  17. Charles Bell on April 15, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    My takeaway from this video: I need to hire a professional. HAHA!

  18. Stumpy on April 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    I have a kenmore fridge/ freezer model 111.73025711 the freezer worked fine but the refrigerator top was not cooling so after looking at the control Board had a burnt spot so I replaced it and it burnt again what do you think is going on ?

  19. Guoenyi on April 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    So good!

  20. kfl611 on April 15, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    My old, maybe 15 year old side by side, just got a new timer, heater and thermostat replacement and is working like new again. I said replace all three as who knew when one of the three would next go bad. It was a failed heater lamp that iced up the freezer and resulted in a hotter than it should be refrigerator section. Yes the repair was expensive, but cheaper than a new side by side.

  21. Craig Bokesch on April 15, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    you guys make the best how-to videos out of everyone on youtube.

  22. DragonFarts on April 15, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Air coming out of the box in fridge with the rod, temp is 20 degrees with fridge temp turned to coldest, the fridge was at 45 % I cleaned Ice of the box, could not figure how to remove it, and what makes the rod move?? The freezer works fine, the fridge?? is full of moisture??

  23. David Haley on April 15, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Excellent video

  24. Guy on April 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Wow, this is the type of info I’ve been trying to find, I didn’t know how to use a multimeter or where , I definitely took notes!!

  25. Jose Legaspi on April 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I have a GE gas dryer the digital reading turns on when I start the dryer the digital reading makes a complete cycle but the drum does not turn on. I tried to put it on test mode but it would not go to test mode

  26. William Frost on April 15, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    My Frigidaire bottom freezer french doors fan comes on for 4 seconds and goes off if I disconnect you from the wall wait a few minutes plug it back up fans come back on and go right back off

  27. Russell Cox on April 15, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Ok, let me tell you what my fridge is doing and you tell me what’s wrong and how to fix it! I have a Samsung French door style fridge with dual ice makers. I bought it third hand at least. And was told about it’s issues prior to purchase. When I got it home, I plugged it in and it worked perfectly for a couple weeks, making ice with both ice makers, so I stocked it full! And within a couple days everything thawed out and it quit making ice. Ever since I cleaned it up after throwing out the thawed food, it has maintained a temperature about 42° no colder no warmer and no ice! My fridge repair guy says it’s a problematic design and all French door fridges have issues and he would never recommend them. He also said they are not serviceable because you can’t access the components. Is this true? I have no problems with replacing components but I have no clue as to knowing which components need fixing

  28. jesseguerra2012 on April 15, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Hello can multimeter work? Do I have to get a volt meter instead? Total novice (on a budget to repair fridge).

  29. Kyle on April 15, 2022 at 6:54 pm


  30. Virginia Gutierrez on April 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    I have a bottom freezer top fridge, my freezer works great but fridge doesn’t cool. I can unplug and let everything defrost, after 3 days or so I’ll plug it back and my fridge will work for a day or two then doesn’t cool all over again. Back panel seems to get iced up

  31. Muhib Alahmar on April 15, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    hello sir , my fridge is cooling normal but when it start defrosting it doesn’t stop till I turn the timer with a screwdriver and always defrost while compressor is on

  32. NP Smith on April 15, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Question , is a reading of 0.03 ok for the heater core ?

  33. Asmaa Khaled on April 15, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    hello, Can you please help me , i have hitachi refrigerator and it is not cooling well , it is displaying f0 12 error , the freezer is just cool but is not freezing the food, the refrigerator is not cool enough , and the water dispenser is not working, it’s black four doors , its model is R-7060HT , and serial No is 2130200030 , can you help me to fix the problem ,I appreciate your help .

  34. father charles on April 15, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    good video thanks a whole lot for your help

  35. Qamar Bitar on April 15, 2022 at 7:03 pm


  36. James Dowda on April 15, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Most comprehensive and clear video on the subject I’ve watched so far, It was a help to me. Thanks!

  37. Austin Griffin on April 15, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you.

  38. Soulay Ba on April 15, 2022 at 7:05 pm


  39. Merrick Homes on April 15, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I have kitchenAid refrigerator on top and freezer in button when making ice run’s water som time l want to know ice please is not level or water valve needs adjustment thanks Robert

  40. Brian Woodard on April 15, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    You are the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Armando Ortiz on April 15, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    videos en español. We need spanish videos

  42. Ralph Bell on April 15, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I have found several videos for changing the evaporator fan, but this is much more thorough, covering several other potential causes and their remedy. You gained another subscriber!

  43. jose montes on April 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Great job, do most refrigerator brands operate the same, and wha’ts the most difficult model to work on

  44. Ronald Northrup on April 15, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for the excellent tutorial. Really appreciate advice from a total professional.

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