What could be wrong with my elderly, non-cooling fridge?
August 21, 2010 1:40 AM Subscribe
I just discovered that my fairly elderly refrigerator and freezer have stopped cooling. What is most likely to be wrong, and is it worth it to attempt to fix it?
posted by charmedimsure to Home & Garden (10 answers total)
The refrigerator came with the house, and it appears to be a Kenmore Coldspot of indeterminate age (probably at least 10 years old- likely quite a few more). I went downstairs for a midnight bowl of cereal just now, and the freezer is about 80 degrees; everything is melted/ruined. The fridge is slightly cooler- probably about 65 degrees.
It is making sounds like it is running, and the lights are on. The coils are clean, and the thermostat dials are where they always have been. The back of the fridge is quite cold to the touch, much colder than the inside of the appliance.
Possibly related: the ice maker majorly flooded the kitchen a week ago (I did not fix it or investigate further, just turned off the water supply to the freezer so it wouldn't happen again). I did have to move the fridge to clean up the flood- is there something that I could have dislodged that a week later might have given up the ghost? Or something that could have been hosed (ha) inside the fridge or freezer when water thoroughly flooded both compartments?
Very related: any Anchorage residents know a good appliance guy to call on Monday? I don't think I'll call anyone this weekend; what's ruined is already ruined, and I don't want to pay weekend rates.