Question about Admiral 26 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

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Admiral model #rswa278a

The freezer side of this model is still working very well. But, the refrigerator side barely keeps foods cool. We cannot keep items such as milk in this refrigerator. The lowest drawer (for meats) will slightly freeze items on the end closest to the freezer. The ice maker isn't working, but water does flow through the door dispenser. We think the line may be plugged due to hard water, and we do not currently have a softener. The fans seem to be blowing fine. The refrigerator is about 12 years old. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    There isn't any frost or ice in the freezer, anywhere. Could it still be one of the three items?

  • Anonymous Aug 09, 2008

    We will check that idea. Thanks for all of your help!!! :)

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Kenmore elite refrigerator food is freezing in meat drawer and water dispenser will not work



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Sounds like a defrost problem. Check to see if there is any frost buildup in the back wall of the freezer. If so, it is not defrosting as it should.

  • possible causes:
  1. bad defrost timer
  2. bad defrost heater (in freezer)
  3. bad thermo switch in freezer
If you don’t know what these are then unplug the machine and let the ice melt in the freezer overnight with the door open. Then try it the next day, if is cooling fine then you need to have a service person replace one of the above items. 

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

  • Mike Durland
    Mike Durland Aug 08, 2008

    the next thing i would do is to clean the coils under the machine and make sure the airflow is not obstructed at all. check fan under the machine make sure it is running.



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