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Question DetailsAsked on 10/13/2017

The condenser on my fridge does not kick on but its blowing cold air in the freezer. The refrigerator doesnt seem t

To be cooling. The freezer coils were iced over. I defrosted it but that didn't fix it. Its a 03 Roper and I can't afford to fix or replace. Which is my better choice?

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If coils are icing up, then you are getting cooling so not a compressor or compressor control or starting circuit failure - and your "condensor" (compressor) IS kicking on.

And since it is blowing cold air in the freezer evidently the fan in the back of the freezer is working too - which moves cold air to the reefer part to cool it.

So - problem could be freezing up of the coils (check the evaporator coils on back or underneath - looped about 1/4" coils of metal) are (carefully to avoid bending/breaking) clean and that the cooling fan at the back of the unit is dust bunny free and turns on and blows when the compressor is running.

Otherwise, if the problem is in the reefer, could be a thermostat mis-set or failed, or a misaligned door or bad door seal or blocked door letting a lot of reefer air out.

If these do not help, then an Appliance Repair - Large (your Search the List category) technician is what you need - probably about $75-150 for a diagnosis (and fix if very simple problem) - but can run into several hundred pretty quick for more serious issues. Though since you are getting cooling and compressor is obviously running, many of the most expensive repairs are probably ruled out. But a few hudnred is cheaper than around $800-1000 minimum and commonly more for a new reefer, because yours is not very old.

BTW - dig out your warranty - many reefers are warrantied for 5 years for major components,, so you might be covered under warranty - check that first as it affects who you call for repair. Though unless you registered the warranty when you bought it, you are going to have to come up with receipt to prove date of purchase.

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