Here is the unit I am asking about:
Serial No: EL3614765
Mfg Date: 09/01
This is an older unit with the freezer on top. I need to decide whether to keep this unit running. I love this fridge, but it doesn't stay cool in the summer. Appreciate any insights gleaned here.
Here's the deal: I had a Sears repair guy come out. He cleaned out the dust in the bottom and said this would fix the problem. It didn't. I called them back and they are coming again this Friday.
Here's the condition. The top freezer runs at about -10 Farenheit. He told me if the freezer ran at that temperature, it would be fine in the lower fridge. But the fridge is running at about 50 degrees F. It is fine all year long except for the the summer months.
He told me that there is no separate cooler in the bottom fridge, that all the cool air flows from the freezer above. My question is: Is it possible there is a broken fan or lever causing the air to not flow down? How, exactly, does the cold air get from the freezer to the fridge? Could this somehow be blocked, and that's causing the problem?
He explained that this unit is a "closed" system, so any major repairs are not worth it, I should just buy a new fridge.
What is the fix for this condition, and is it fixable at a reasonable price?
I have taken a vacuum to the bottom of the fridge and cleared out all the dust and dirt. Again, the Sears repairman said this would fix the problem, but it did not.
What do I say to him? Do we need to take the fridge out and remove the rear cover? Is there more cleaning that should be done back there? If so, how and where? Or is this unit beyond repair?
In short, what do I tell the Sears repairman to check? Can this be fixed for a reasonable price?
Thank You Very Much.