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Old 06-20-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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I'm having a frig problem. The freezer part is fine. Keeps thing frozen hard as a brick. However, the frig part is way to warm. Is this a sign it is going out? It just seems to me, if the freezer works, the cooler should as well.

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Old 06-20-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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First thing I'd check is the burner orifice. The flame has to be a furious blue flame.
The best way it was explained to be was like heating a pot of water, it could be 200* which looks hot, feels hot but it's not boiling. it's using it all up in the freezer and none left for the lower, as they are serial in its journey. (as it was explained to me)

So if flame is reduced capacity your just making it mad. The slightest obstruction will diminish capacity. Sometimes propane will leave a oil film inside the barrel. I was told to remove (insert safety warning/disclaimer) and soak in rubbing alcohol for a while. Reassemble (when dry) and observe flame and see if better more furious flame.

I had the same problem and this did it.

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Could be bad electric heating unit. Try it on gas, if that works OK, then test your heating unit to see if it is putting out the proper watts.

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I would expect there to be a pretty good accumulation of 'stuff' in the burner tube, as well as bugs and spiders in the mixing tube. Spiders especially seem to love the smell of propane.

I've used a long bottle brush to clean out the burner tube and the flue. The mixing tube and orafice require a bit more finesse. Alcohol, a guitar string, and compressed air. If it's really mucked up an old toothbrush may work to dislodge the bigger chunks of 'stuff'.

If that's the original refer you've gotten over 23 years of service out of it! That's phenomenal.
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I failed to mention, I have the same problem whether using gas or electric. Freezer, freezes, frig is warm(not cold). How can one work and the other doesn't?

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1989 model = 24 years old. if maybe time for a new frig.

Do you smell any ammonia inside or outside the unit?

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I failed to mention, I have the same problem whether using gas or electric. Freezer, freezes, frig is warm(not cold). How can one work and the other doesn't?

The freezing compartment coils/transfer element operate somewhat separately from the refrigerator section, but both operate from a single thermostat geared to the refrigerator section. Our '88 Winnie Norcold operated exactly as yours is operating - refrigerant leakage caused the refrigerator to operate constantly, but with poor cooling, and enough remaining coolant to keep the freezer section cold, but not the refrigerator section. A new remanufactured cooling unit was installed, and after a few mods, is working probably better that it did when new...

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