Okay, folks, hereís the latest on this one:
This morning the freezer was at -12 F and the fridge was close to 50 F, while the house is about 75.
I have determined that the all the major components are working, or the freezer wouldnít be that cold.
I removed the panel that holds the two temperature controls, one each for the freezer and the fridge. On the right is the dampener arm connected to the freezer control. The arm is not broken, as far as I can tell, and moves back and forth freely with the turning of the dial. On the left is the temp control dial for the fridge. This does not have a dampener arm attached to it, but instead is connected to a bunch of wires and relays. It also turns freely, and I can hear a ďclickĒ when it turns the temp off and on.
I did have one question that puzzles me: Excuse my ignorance, but shouldnít the dampener arm being going to the fridge dial, not the freezer dial? Did someone put this together wrong? From a laymanís point of view, wouldnít you want a lever to regular a dampener that controls how much air flows into the fridge from the freezer? Iím sure Iím wrong about this, but it puzzles me.
Further stuff. I dragged the fridge out and removed the cardboard panel at the bottom. The fan down there is blowing just fine (I assume this works like a radiator fan, cooling the components and aiding in cooling the fridge). There is very little dirt or dust down there. The rest of the fridge back is taken up by a solid aluminum panel that is riveted in place. I see no way to remove this. Therefore, if there is any checking of blockages or ice buildup, it would probably have to be done from the front, through the fridge door, not the back of the unit.
There is very little evidence of frost or ice buildup either in the freezer or fridge compartment.
At this point, Iím stumped. Something is blocking the flow of air from freezer to fridge, but I donít know what. Any more ideas?
If not, I think at this point I need a professional tech for this job. Any idea how to find a good one? Iím going to cancel Sears, but donít know how to find a good fridge tech. Iíve had bad luck with Craigslist in the past on other repairs.
Appreciate any comments. Thank you so much.